Welcome to the new section of my website – Home & Garden – which will be sharing a little look at what goes on behind the scenes at Lalele Fibre Arts as we navigate our lives in rural Romania.
Today we are talking gardening!
Let’s start this out by saying that up until I met my husband, I had ZERO experience of gardening and growing our own food other than pulling some weeds out from around the flowers when I was a child. It is fair to say that this is a learning experience for the children and for me! At the minute they are excited ‘helpers’ who thrive on time outside in nature. Long may that continue! I hope that they look back on these years with fond memories and make use of the skills learned in the future.
I fully appreciate how lucky we are to have a garden and outdoor space like this which we have been able to work safely during this pandemic. I hope that you are all keeping safe out there.
About three weeks ago we prepared the ground ready for planting. I love the raised beds that my husband created. He says that he can remember his grandmother working her garden in the same way. It’s a great idea – it creates paths to walk on which is brilliant with all the little feet running around!
We planted onions and potatoes in the larger beds. The children enjoyed helping with this part and it is always lovely to see them taking in new experiences.
Across the back, near to the house next door we planted some varieties of summer squash and aubergines (egg plant). We have some great recipes for those so fingers crossed for a good crop!
To the right of the garden we planted garlic, spinach, radishes, carrots, salad lettuces and beans. There has been a space left ready for tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers. NOTE TO SELF FOR NEXT YEAR: Place markers in the ground so we know what was planted and where it was planted! It’s been a bit of a guessing game as they started to grow!
This part of the garden is right next to the house. As well as it being a functional space, it would be lovely to be able to add some colour to it. I find flowers and colour really help to brighten the mood and so we planted four rose plants at one end. We will see how they grow before adding more. When it is the right time of year, I would like to plant some tulips and daffodils along the fence line. Combined with the blossom flowers, they will brighten up our days in the spring quite nicely.
Seeing the plants beginning to grow brings out an almost child like excitement in me which I can’t quite explain and every day they have grown a little bit more.
I will be back soon with an update on what has been growing!
Sending love as always,