Friday, 30 July 2021

This is my edible garden

Dear Family & Friends

In my vegetable garden, I plant flowers along side vegetables and I like to pack them all in! Flowers draw pollinators in, and being crowded- it saves watering evaporation too. 


The stakes you see here are for the climbing beans - yes it's all there! In fact, there's sunflower for the edible seeds, Daylily for stir fry, feathery leaves of dill for herbs, and the white flower is actually a carrot I missed picking so it started to flower to produce seeds etc..

The beautiful mess can easily be made into ''chop suey'' for a healthy family meal! It certainly doesn't need a big area to grow a variety of edible food.

Hope this brings you some inspiration and motivation too. Wishing you all a good week . Stay cool.

Yours

Friday, 23 July 2021

A quotation

Dear Family & Friends

I just love this quotation. It's for the timid and the brave alike.

"Thou shalt not be a victim, thou shalt not be a perpetrator, but, above all, thou shalt not be a bystander." ~ Yehuda Bauer

Have a think about it...and if possible...let it shape our character.

Have a great day!

Yours

Friday, 16 July 2021

A surprise gift

Dear Family & Friends

Look at this single petal rose...Isn't it beautiful? The rose bud was light pink in color, then, as it opens up, it turns more whiter! This plant is new -a surprise gift from nature.

I did not plant this rose. It just grew along my climbing red roses this year! I'm sure God commanded the nature to grow it for me and it brought me great joy!

Hope you'll find some great joy in your day too! As summer heat intensify, let's keep hydrated and cool. It's just for a season.

Yours

Friday, 9 July 2021

My garden this morning

Dear Family & Friends

Another year of beauty. Let me keep encouraging you to venture into gardening. Not a garden expert but I am courageous in taking a challenge, learning as I go. Climate is not a big factor for as long as you only grow what grows well in your area. All becomes easy that way.

This is our garden as I saw it this morning. Isn't it beautiful? There's layers upon layers of beauty...all taking their turn to amaze and cheer us up.


It won't cost much if you just grow from seeds and take cuttings. Grow in big quantity for impact! Every plants I grow serves two purposes: for colorful flowers to feed the bees and for food or herbal/medicine values for mankind too. There's lavender, daylily, sunflower, calendula, parsley etc.. All thrown in together. An added bonus: we gain cool environment area and clean air to breath in.

Happy gardening everyone!

Yours

Friday, 2 July 2021

Plant Worthy

Dear Family & Friends

Pumpkins needs big space to crawl around but it grows easily. Old pumpkins that was thrown back in our garden sprout itself. Since we don't believe it wasting what we're given, we collect each self sprouted seedlings to replant in better areas - so far there's about 50 planted! It'll be a big harvest by October!! 

Assortment of pumpkins from the garden

We store our pumpkin in a cool room n it will last for 6-7 months before going soft! So worth growing because pumpkins are winter and early spring staples - when there's not many garden food available!

Hope you're all having an inspiring day filled with contentment. Stay happy - it's our choice.

Yours

Friday, 25 June 2021

The colour of summer fields

Dear Family & Friends

We know summer is already here because lavender are blooming! The lavender in our garden is making a big show too, but yesterday, we went to a lavender field not far from us.

 

The beauty of summer in Bulgaria colors the fields with various colors. There's yellow in sunflower fields, graceful green corn fields, the graceful swaying of a ripening wheat field, but my favorite of all is the purple lavender field.

Hope you are enjoying your summer season too - Stay cool n happy! Have a good week!

Yours

Friday, 18 June 2021

Pretty looking garden food came back

Dear Family & Friends

It's a joy to see some of our plants that took a winter break coming back with it's vibrant fresh green colour! Yes, they managed to keep safe underground all through the cold winter's days. I've been picking the first new growth of tarragon herbs to mix with our food for added nutrients and benefits. 


I've also seen our honeybees taking advantage of the first spring vibrant food for themselves too. Dandelions are one of the few first offers for them to take...it's also edible and beneficial for us too.


It's always nice to have fresh seasonal food from the garden. Later as more comes up, we tend to move on and enjoy other abundance on offer. More summer food.


Wishing you all a great week!

Yours


Friday, 11 June 2021

A short tour - Rowing Canal

Dear Family & Friends

Let me take you to the city where we go for sleep over as we all can't go very far these days with travel restrictions. Just 5-10 minutes walk from our apartment is this 18 kilometers oval circuit man-made rowing canal. People go for power walk or cycling in this pedestrian area. If exercise activities is too tiring, you can just sit in the bench and practice ''people watching''!! 




See the hanging breach? It's made of heavy concrete?!! but just for people. In winter, they drain all the water out and gather the fishes within. In Spring, river water is allowed in once again. In summer, there's a rowing school and rowing competition events.  

That's our minute outing for today. Smile and keep happy at all possible time...If there's difficulty in life, just keep practicing till it gets better! Have a great day!

Yours

Friday, 4 June 2021

The Victorious Gardening

Dear Family & Friends

In the photo is a patch of hollyhock flowers. Beautiful isn't it? We planted them - but it's not our garden. It's the street pathway of our neighbor across us. 

There were just ugly weeds growing there before and the owner keeps spraying chemicals to tame it every year. We hate hate chemical spray because it's very bad for us and our environment!! 



So, one day, I dug up spare hollyhocks from my garden and planted it in his patch. He was surprised to discover what we did and I told him to leave them alone. He didn't argue...after all, we saved him some work, money and probably his health too!! 

Passersby all enjoy the yearly flower display and the old weeds got no room to grow there anymore!! Victorious gardening!! Hope you enjoyed the almost self maintaining flower patch too!

Yours

Friday, 28 May 2021

Mentors are valued people

Dear Family & Friends

If you come across a mentoring friend - value them for they are rare these days. In the photo is our bee mentor friend in his bee farm. He shares with us precious knowledge on beekeeping...it's a long process of learning but the benefit is taking root.


We are now ready for bee expansion as the bee families we got last year has ''doubled'' in size! Time to split them for more bee colonies! We can expect more organic honey from our happy bees and we might even try bee pollen production too. 

To be a beekeeper is a grand responsibility. I dream to be a beekeeper, but I don't have the physical strength. So, my role remains secondary: to just grow and maintain an organic garden as a support to our buzzing friends. 

Happy days to you all!!

Yours

Friday, 21 May 2021

Asparagus dream

Dear Family & Friends

They say for a family of 4, I need to grow 25 asparagus. I just can't make myself buy those shriveled, very tiny piece of asparagus roots sold in the shop for 4 euros each! With patience I waited instead. Then one day, a lady in our village gave us a sack full of it for FREE!  My dream of growing asparagus in our garden came to pass. Thankful!

Upon receiving the clumps of freshly dug roots, we made a 50 cm deep trench to bury them. With a matured roots and we could expect to harvest asparagus by next year. Otherwise, it will take 3 years.

It's important to put compost upon planting the asparagus roots to get a healthy start. After all, this perennial plant will grow for 20-30 years, giving us fresh asparagus spears every spring time to enjoy.


With patience we can always reap our reward. A challenge of which we should all aim for in life.

Have a great day.

Yours

Friday, 14 May 2021

The green gets greener

Dear Family & Friends

The green are definitely getting greener in our garden at this time. Let me show you: I'm not sure exactly what this plant is, but it is some form of succulent plant. It withstood our cold winter, so I plant to grow them as ground cover in parts of the garden. 


Let's check on the cherry tree...after the pretty blossoms all fell onto the ground, we can see that the bees have done a good job of pollination. We can now see young green fruits. As they grow bigger in the weeks to come, they'll turn red and juicy. YAY! Can't wait!


It's just so lovely to see the different tones of greens of various plants, and the texture and shapes never fails to ''wow'' us with their unique beauty.


We find plants popping up in places by itself...nature have ways to seed and grow themselves to surprise us. I usually let everything grow in our garden, including weeds as it's impossible for me to keep pulling them up....afterall, I find everything beautiful.


Let's all grow a garden and have great fun!

Yours

Saturday, 8 May 2021

Perennial Borders Around my garden

Dear Family & Friends 

I tend to outline my garden beds with a border. I have recycled old roof tile as borders but they tend to house slugs and snails. Another more natural way is to make use of living borders.


In this vegetable area, I have several beds where I used chives to line as borders for the length of the beds. It also holds the soil from spilling into the pathway, besides, it's edible and beautiful too that comes year after year. Since my pathway between two beds are narrow, when in full bloom, my path disappears...and it is important to prune them to keep neat and to gain mulch resource!


Another perennial living border I used around paved space in the garden is the lavender plants. It marks the area well all year round and the fragrance and beautiful flowers are added bonus. It is also a bee friendly plant!


For a narrow paved pathway, I lined perennial grape hyacinth low growing bulbs as a border feature. It's absolutely stunning when in bloom and this plant multiplies so fast that I can divided them to accentuate and establish more pathway borders! With a living border that's bee friendly plants...it's great for the overall garden ecology.

Just some of the living border ideas we used in our garden that would possibly inspire you too. Happy gardening.

Yours

Friday, 30 April 2021

Seedlings are sprouting

Dear Family & Friends

With April showers, our garden seems to be getting greener. Despite the fact that it confuses me whether it's really time to go all out with my sowing outdoor.


I did a lot of seed sowing indoors some weeks ago, and they sprouted and growing well under a more protective and warmer atmosphere.


Watching seeds sprouting never fails to mesmerizes me. I swear some of them grows as I sit watching them on those few minutes of wondering. Seeds just needs a bit of moist soil to do the magic. 



As you can see, I just use recycled toilet rolls and handmade newspaper rolled pots to contain them till they are big enough to get transplanted in my garden beds. Recycling is a great way to help our ecology too!

Life is good in our garden. It's a happy place. Wishing you happy gardening too.

Yours


Friday, 23 April 2021

Fruit trees are blooming once again

Dear Family & Friends

It's fascinating to see fruit trees waking up. One after another they form buds on their branches and out comes the floral blooms.


Since we have several fruit tree varieties in the garden, we see how they follow each other in waking up. The very first one that blooms out is the almond nut tree, and of course the first one to green up too!


Tree blossoms attract a lot of bees that if we stand underneath a tree, it seems to vibrate with a deafening sound - I find it all very interesting and one very pleasant noise. 


In just a couple of weeks, flower petals starts dropping, sending a lot of confetti. Another joyful time that one should be out in the garden to enjoy it all.


We can't deny that time is visually showing us how it goes...it seem to go quicker as we grow older. Thus, it is important to be reminded how previous time is and can't waste it on foolish matters. Just my thoughts.

Wishing all good things today.

Yours