I love pumpkins. I didn´t use to like them, a lot of people that I know didn´t. The reason, yes, if you don´t know how to process or cook a pumpkin, it taste like crap.
You eat it and you decide to not like it! I´m luckily a person who gives everything a second chance and especially food! I always want to try it on my own, before really disliking something. My two favorite pumpkin cultivars are Butternut and Hokkaido.
How to plant pumpkins
I always start my pumpkins end of March. You just need to put some soil into a left over toilet paper role (have a look here).
You saw how my pond looked like when I got my new garden, have a look here.
After cleaning up everything the banks as well as all the dried stuff around it, I just waited to see what happens.
- Never underestimate nature.
You don´t need to plan so much and bring in new plants all at once. It´s better to first lean back and wait what nature will have for you on its own.
You will see some really great things happen, I promise you! After making space from all the weedy and space consuming plants the fern and also other plants emerged again like plenty of yellow iris or the flowering from the yucca filamentosa.
Or better „You can always make something even better out of what you have!” like a use to say. This weekend I decided to make the pond which is in my garden better than it already is. A pond on its own is amazing. It changes the micro climate in my garden, I have always something to look at and the animals in there are breathtaking.
My pond hosts 3 different kinds of dragon flies (red, blue and green), I have 2 big frogs, 6 grass snakes and uncountable bugs and insects. If that wouldn´t be enough, I got a water lily that is unbelievable beautiful and has up to tree flowers at once. For me it´s fun to just observe the pond, there is always something happening and I never get bored. It´s like watching a wildlife documentation, but I can sit on my porch swing!
- Talk about wanting a garden
Most people start to search for s spot first. It can be so much easier, if you just spread the words! I talked about wanting a garden for years. After I moved I actually started with a big balcony. I learned a lot: How many plants can my balcony take? How hot and killing the south side can be? How to make watering more efficient? And so much more.
With talking about your wishes, you will get to know more people with the same desires. Even better, you will find out who already has a garden or specific plants on their balcony. That is your first step in to the seed network.
Maybe you never did that before, but don´t worry it´s very easy. Canning is going to be very important to you, as you won´t be able to eat all the fruits on time. If your plants are well they will overwhelm you with food =). Your new slogan will be “Yes, I CAN”
- Stop buying food in tin cans or plastic
You should try to find everything you can´t buy fresh, processed in a glasses. It´s actually not that hard. At the time I looked out for glasses I realized how much stuff is wrapped in plastic. You can rinse the glasses and keep them for next year. The best benefit of glasses is, you will start to produce less waste, as a thanks to the environment.
A lot of people think having a garden is so much work and starting a garden is even worse and so expensive! Ok, all of you are right, if you don´t have a proper network. Today I want to bring you some ideas how to grow your own seed network and spend less money on your garden.
- Talk about your garden or your plans to start a garden
You won´t believe how many people know other people who already have a garden. Another awesome thing, a lot of people would like to have a garden but are afraid to start one on their own. These people are perfect for you, as they can help you with your garden and then get the hang of it and start their own garden a bit later. That’s the time where you can help them out with work and seeds and give something back.
You always have the choice to by plants for your garden or start from scratch. I myself love everything about seeding, as I always get a better hold of my plants.
So today I will show you some small and cheap tips to start from scratch and without a planting starter kid.
- Planting cup
You don´t need to spent money on common planting cups. Just start your seeds in left over toilette paper rolls or egg cardboard. The great thing here is, you save a lot of time and waste. You don´t need to take out the young plants out of the cup, you just plant them with the cardboard.
I really love coconut milk, you can put it in to nearly every meal and especially all sorts of curry (have a look here). The one thing that kept annoying me was the tin cans. I just don´t find any company who sells it in glasses.
If you know one, please let me and all the other know!!!!!
As I track the amount of plastic and metal garbage that I produce in 2016 these cans are a big amount of it *rrhhhhh*. I hate it, if something scr*** up my statistic! For about 2 months now, I think of an insect hotel to build and keep looking for material in the garden and all around me. Today it hit me, why not just use the cans as the ground structure so I don´t need to build a wooden frame =).