Saturday, 23 May 2015


This winter and spring we started early to prepare for the food growing season.
We had leaned a few hard lessons the previous years and it was time to apply them.
1. We have a small balcony in central Amsterdam. We also want to sit on the balcony in the summer. We have one sunny window sill to grow on. That is all the space available.
2. On the balcony there is a plum tree in a pot and during the summer also a large bougainvillea (with the temper of a teenage girl.)
3. Courgettes and pumpkins are fun to grow but neither them nor the peppers usually mature. Filled courgette flowers are delicious but not really worth the effort of growing.
4. Fresh herbs and spices are lovely but expensive to buy. They are easy and inexpensive to grow. They also do not take up a lot of space. This is what I wanted to grow this year together with lettuce. I am not the one to decide though as I do not do the actually work.
5. Five, five - I don't think there is a five on this list. We are still in the learning stages.

We tried potatoes last year and that works well but it is not worth the space to grow ourselves.

This year we have managed to grow from seeds: peppers in a large box, bell peppers in a small box as well as seven toddler broccoli plants, different kinds of lettuce (ruccola (rocket), leafy lettuce and field lettuce), some wild strawberry plants and our pride - three and a half strong tomato plant. We also grow parsley, basil, thyme and chives. We bought a pot of sage last year that lasted the summer but we may skip that this year.

If we had a garden with healthy soil we would try to do potatoes, different cabbages and onions as well as more fruits and berries. We do not, and if I get to decide we never will. I will not be deciding this though, the man still has a dream of a garden. Me, I'd rather have a shed filled with tools.


  1. Greetings from a damp but camp welsh village xxx

    1. Hurray for all things camp and all things welsh however damp!! (I thought the village was Ukrainian? ;)