Welcome to the weekend coffee share! Can I get you a cup of coffee? Perhaps ice coffee? Or ice tea? We have temperatures in the mid 60’s, and partly cloudy, rather comfortable in other words. Some days there’s been a few rain showers, but it’s not cold. We’ve had some rather windy days this week as well. Next week we’ll have a few days in the 70’s. I really like these temperatures since they allow for other outdoors activities than just swimming and hanging out at the beach. I am grateful for many bike rides, and long walks this week.
On Tuesday I challenged myself mountain biking at Lugnet Nature Reserve (https://greendreams.blog/2021/07/21/exploring-dalarna-lugnets-nature-reserve-falun/.) Some of the trails are very steep, rocky and have massive root systems all over the trails, add some pine cones on top of that and it becomes rather challenging. I am not the daredevil I once was. LOL. I do always have a wonderful time at Lugnet. It’s only a five minute bike ride from my house, and I am so grateful for this sanctuary.
On Wednesday I took my daughter to see the new Jurassic Park movie. We both really enjoyed the movie.
I mentioned last week about getting some extra gardening space. It’s a local garden society that have a few gardening plots that they lease out for a symbolic sum, and a little bit of maintenance work every year. The plots have water and an excellent location. All gardening are done by organic practices only, and every plot are required to have their own compost. You have to be approved by the gardening society, and then there is a waiting list. I have been on their waiting list for a while, and now I finally came to the top of the waiting list. I looked at two garden lots last Sunday, and picked one of them. It is going to need some work. I’m going to keep some of the existing flowers, raspberry bushes, and lavender, but my plan is to clear out everything else. I’ll move some of my plants (seedlings) from the balcony there (mostly warm weather plants and the lot isn’t as protected as the balcony is), but for now I’ll focus on clearing up, build some raised garden beds, and plant a fall garden this year. After that I’ll plant some berry bushes, and rhubarbs. It would be lovely to plant a whole section of garlic later this fall.
Next year I’ll have raised beds, and a regular in ground garden, and a variety of berries. I am super excited to get my hands dirty again! Organic gardening is the only type of gardening I am interested in, that makes me extra grateful for this opportunity. This is a common description of what organic gardening is, in case you are wondering:
- No synthetic fertilizers
- Zero synthetic pesticides, fungicides or herbicides
- No GMOs
- Nurturing soil biology
- Growing diverse crops
- Using compost or other types of organic matter
- Purchasing only organic, untreated seeds
- Planting pollinator habitat
My daughter is also super excited about having a real garden again, if you think I have big plans you should hear her plans! She has it all figured out. She’s going to have a fairytale garden decorated with painted rocks, surrounded by flowers, and a cherry tree in the middle. I’m going to encourage her to stick to her plan.
Your turn! Tell me about all the things going on in your neck of the woods. Thank you Natalie for hosting the Weekend Coffee Share. I hope you are enjoying a fabulous weekend!