Buying garden stuff in Rotterdam
At whom? Garden Center Zwinkels
3065 SH Rotterdam
Where to buy ecological soil and seeds?
@De Groene passage
Winter has gone, the Ice Saints (15 mei) too, time to sew. But the kitchen garden box is looking very sad, we have to give it a make-over first. We shovel the soil out of the box and scrub it with hot water and sodium. We saw 2 planks to place across the box for extra solidity, just put in some screws and we're done. Lucky we have help from a mini-monster!
Now we can shovel the soil back in and fertilize it with cow dung. We water the soil so it's moist when we put in the plants & seeds. We put the herbs who survived winter back in and sow some new herbs & veg. We also give the tomato seedlings a sunny spot outside!
Last year the biological beetroot, the fennel tubers and the pumpkins did not do (very) well, so we skip those this year. We now plant purchased cucumber, bell pepper and strawberry plants in the box and watch them grow. That's fun too ;)
We must empty the veggie patch box, a big job!
Two planks are sawed to divide the box into three.
There is sawing going on but also enthousiastic hammering.
The soil goes back into the box, or rather the 3 boxes!
The soil is mixed with fertilizer.
Then the menure is spread by hand.
Big lumps will be crushed.
The herbs will be placed in the half shade, in the bach we sow new.
In the soil holes are made to place the young tomato plants in.
In the middle the tomatoes get all the sunshine.
On the right little cucumbers, bell peppers, and radishes.
- In the left box we planted oregano, thyme and chives in front, in the back we sow flat parsley, sage, mint and basil.
- In the middle box we replanted the beef tomatoes in the back, in the front young, coloured cherry tomato seedlings.
- The right box has a cucumber plant and a bell pepper plant in the back, in the front we sow radishes.
The strawberry plant is hanging and the small olive tree stands in a flower pot
The cucumbers grow fast, the first one is almost ready to be harvested.
The same goes for the bell peppers, you see them grow every the day.
The strawberries are just colouring red, a little patience for now.
Now all the plants need to thrive is water (do not forget) and sunshine!
When all is neatly tidied away you are really tired from such a big job!
Wishing you all a lovely summer!