Penny's Blog

Gardening: Summer edition


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I hope you guys remember my epic efforts to grow herbs on my window. Well that proved to be quite successful but at the same time sometime in March I decided to try my skills on the ground as well. So what I did was to help one of the locals create their summer garden at home but also plant some of the crops in the fields.

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I must admit that I am not entirely new to this type of thing.  When I was a child I used to help my grandparents with their garden. Or better I was observing my grandparents tending to their garden. I was much better at eating the stuff rather than help grow them. Then a couple of years ago I ordered tomato and pepper seeds from China and I grew my own Chinese vegetables. But as always growing vegetables here and growing vegetables in Slovenia are two very different or quite different things; both in terms of seasonality but also on watering and tending.

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Despite these trivial differences what i find quite similar is that people who live in the countryside are still accustomed and have access to homegrown products. I love homegrown products and for the past two years I have had less or even minimal access to them. Sweden is a disaster when it comes to vegetables. Having to import literally everything means that they don’t come as fresh. Slovenia is distinctively better but sometimes I miss these lovely sweet tomatoes that grow in Greece  and fruit that come from the neighborhood’s open market rather than the supermarket.

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Despite all the comparisons, one thing I really must not forget to mention is that we managed to plant and grow beans that up until now I have only seen in Greece. Giant beans or in Greek gigantes is a type of bean that is white an as big as the upper part of your thumb. In greece we usually bake them in the oven with peppers onions and tomato sauce and they are quite amazing. Our beans are currently filled with flowers and I literally cannot wait to see how they will look and most importantly taste when it will be harvest season. As always my excitement is on the roof and I will probably keep you posted.

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