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As of June, 2022 Rolling down my garden will be moving to its own side: Full new posts can be read on the new page.

The anti-hail netting is up

 After years of worrying if we'll get a destructive storm or not, this year we finally said that it was enough and ordered anti-hail netting. It took a while to get it. Probably due to a lot of storms around us, and the increase in orders, but last Friday it finally arrived and we decided to install it right away. The best way to install an anti-hail net is to secure it on a strong metal frame. This way the netting can last up to 10 years without much maintenance, but that's not possible in our garden. Having a forest garden means that every possible flat surface needs a way to be cleaned. Once the autumn starts the garden is full of leaves that cover everything. We need an easy way to clean the netting, and having a fixed netting isn't an option... Read more here   As of June 2022, Rolling down my garden will be moving to its own side: Full new posts can be read on the new page
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Storing red currants for winter

 June is red currant time. Like all berries, currants don't ripe all at the same time, so they can be hard to store for winter. The usual way of storing them is to freeze them in bags or processed them in juice, syrup, or jam. I used to store my red currants this way before. But, since I still have plenty of juice and jam left from previous years, I decided to try some other ways of storing these delicious berries. The red currant bush in my garden has been here for over 20 years. It's not a big bush, but it still produces nice amounts of berries, depending on the weather conditions of course. Last year was a bad one and all my currants froze in the early stages of fruit forming. This year there was no frost danger and all of the berries grew fine. I've been harvesting them every couple of days. Just the amount that I can store. Red currants can stay on the bush for a long time and not rot or spoil. As I said earlier, I wanted to try new ways of storing berrie

Tuesday is harvest day

 Lately, I've converted my Tuesday morning into a harvest morning. I don't know why but Tuesday is a day when I usually harvest my veggies. Mondays are just too busy, I usually dig both the main and side garden, clean thoroughly the house, cook, and do a couple of loads of washing, and harvest is just something I don't have time for. Tuesday is a slower day, and I get the chance to walk around the garden and harvest. This Tuesday wasn't an exception. Standard harvests The berries have now become a regular Tuesday harvest. Red currants are almost done... read more here As of June 2022, Rolling down my garden will be moving to its own side: Full new posts can be read on the new page.

Growing leafy brassicas in reused plastic juice bottles- is it worth it?

 Most of us grow brassicas the old fashion way. We grow seedlings and transplant them into the garden. We keep them watered and wait for them to grow heads. But what when they refuse to grow one? Is the problem in the variety which we grow, the conditions or climate? Can we grow them some other way? No heads issue Growing brassicas in my garden has been a real problem no matter what I did. The cold spring and autumn shortened our season so much that there was no way to grow any brassica heads. The cabbages and kale would miss that initial spring boost, suffer through the summer heat, and rot under the constant cold and rain in autumn. A few years back, I decided that the situation was going nowhere, and started growing leafy kale. The leafy kale turned out to be a good solution, and I grew never more kale that season. Kale 2020 The situation with seeds in Croatia is fairly bad. We are a part of the EU, and should be able to grow and buy any EU seed here, but the realit

Another excellent harvest and more storms – the main garden weekly review

 The weeks in June are all the same. Extreme warmth followed by a couple of storms and then more extreme heat. After a very rainy past week, this week we didn't get any rain at all. The storms have passed close to us, but all we got was a lot of wind. Honestly, I don't know which is worse, a rainstorm or raging wind. The storms at least drop the temperature, and the wind just forces us to shut all the windows and doors and slowly boil in the house. The garden still doesn't mind the heat. The plants are all pretty happy with the amount of rain we had so far. The last week's rain soaked the deeper layers of soil, and the roots of the plants have plenty of water. Only seedlings need watering, but they can be watered easily. To my surprise, I'm starting to have regular weekly harvests. Every 4-5 days I have plenty of veggies ready for harvest... Read more here As of June, 2022 Rolling down my garden will be moving to its own side:   https://rollingdownmygar

Kitchen window plant jungle

  A few weeks back I wrote about my Maranta plant and the jungle I made on my living room window, well I guess the right sequel would be to write about my kitchen window jungle. The kitchen window is also crowded with plants, so many that there's actually no more room for a single pot here, I know this because I've already tried.  Over the years I've noticed that the plants that like a lot of warmth prefer my kitchen window. The window is on the southwest side, and the wall is heated during the whole day. The window itself is very small, there's no way to make it any bigger because of the counter under the window, the glass gets sunbathed only 2 hours a day, so the plants don't get burned by the sun, which is constantly happening on the window in my mum's bedroom, which is directly under my kitchen.  I used to open the window while cooking all the time, and I couldn't have many plants here. But now that hubby made ventilation for the kitchen, and with the en

Mama bear has had enough

This has been a really difficult year for the seedlings and potted vegetables. The beginning of the spring was very cold, which didn't allow our seedlings to grow as they should. After the cold, came unusually warm months, and we've now been in the summer mood for almost 2 months. The seedlings did enjoy the warmth, but now it's becoming a problem since the normal growing places are just too warm, and we need to find our plants a new spot. I already wrote about the moving of the seedlings to the cooler parts of the yard, and now it's time to talk about chili peppers. Chili peppers, like brassica greens and seedlings, are grown in pots... Read more here As of June 2022, Rolling down my garden will be moving to its own side: Full new posts can be read on the new page.