The planet is our home; we need to be more responsible. Here's what I do.
There’s something about parcels.
Brown cardboard boxes.
They look inconspicuous but who knows what can be inside.
This one is special.
It’s not very big. But it contains much promise.
The makings of many great meals.
It’s all about perception. Some people will see hard work. I can see tiny shoots, delicate seedlings, mountains if courgettes, plates of promise.
We also did some sprouting seeds but were worried about the results so we’ve transplanted them into soil for indoor peas instead.
Another ambition of mine for the allotment this year is to develop more permanent plants. We already have plenty of fruit trees and bushes that return each year and strawberries and rhubarb too.
But vegetables that are permanent often seem more limited. We’ve developed an asparagus bed and some globe artichokes as a start and the Jerusalem artichokes seem impossible to wipe out so they are good too.
My latest perennial acquisition is particularly exciting. The walking or Egyptian onion. Also known as tree onion. Here’s a link tree onion
These weird creatures develop a bulb at the top of the stalk that can be harvested as well. The walking apparently comes from this bulb falling to the ground and rooting.
The packet says plant then as soon as they arrive. Any time of year except in direct frost! How exciting is that!
So on a Friday, what are our plans for the weekend?
And tree onions!
a blog by a multilingual expat-since-birth, linguist, researcher, mum of three, living in the Netherlands and writing about bilingualism, multiculturalism, parenting abroad, international life...