Penny's Blog

Spring Gardening


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Spring is officially here. Despite the past few days of rain it is an indisputable fact that we are into spring, the trees have decided it. So in order to join the spring spirit I decided to do a bit of spring gardening. I recruited someone in Greece to send me some seeds and step one of my balcony gardening, as I call it, is in order. I also cooperated with Bostjan, one of the local farmers to share plants and now my balcony is full of goods that, hopefully, will be harvestable within a month or so.

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During this process I learned a couple of things that I did not necessarily know before. Firstly, when you exchange plants you should not say thank you. This strikes me, as odd as, that superstition in Poland that if somebody says good luck you should not say thank you. For me saying thank you is like a second nature so it just comes out of my mind unconsciously and I think in this case I did say thank you more than once, which brought a bit of desperation in Bostjan’s eyes.

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The second think I learned is that nobody does gardening on a Sunday. I guess that it has to do with Sunday being god’s day, but I do not really consider gardening as work but rather as past time or a hobby. In my family we usually end up doing gardening during Sundays because everyone is working during the week so there is a very limited window of time to tend to the garden. I really hope that people would not judge me if I did gardening on a Sunday but I still refrained from it 😀

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Another interesting fact to consider is the weather. Here instead of time being the decisive factor of when you will plant your plants and seeds, weather is. It is obvious that nobody can do gardening when heavy rain is falling and when you will probably end up knee deep into mad. So I had to rearrange my plans a couple of times, which I am not really used to doing. At least most of my plants look really healthy so I am feeling hopeful.

I am also planning to do actual gardening on a real garden really soon. I have some beans to plant and maybe a few other things, so any donations are more than welcome. Since we are “poor” volunteers it would be very beneficiary to have our own produce of vegetables. Also if you need any help in your gardens I would be more than happy to join you. I am a city girl desperately looking to get her hands dirty.