Growing despite the looks and circumstances

Seen from the distance our “garden/front yard/veggie patch” not sure-what-to call-it might not look so good or fancy or interesting. But, if you look closer you will find wonderful things. Is it not like this it often goes?

And to be quite frank, considering that: we got here mid-July, the soil was like hard-packed concrete, have lived in 4 different houses the last 6 months are alone with two kids, had to build foundations and what not for the container home, have been through two lung infections and one throat infection, Magnus was away for three weeks and I have actually been so tired that I had a melt down at the hardware store… Well i will gladly consider every single fruit that will ever come out this years showings like a small miracle of some kind. I am a strong atheist so this says it all I guess.

We are less camping and more living, but the place still resembles a refugee camp like someone put it. Sometimes I wonder wtf, but most of the time I am very happy of being here. I am just sooooo tired and would so much like to be able to take it easy and not have to deal with constant urgent things going on on my phone and email. But we will get there eventually. In the meantime I leave you to enjoy some of my precious fruits of effort. Some two weeks have gone since I took the pictures so things have grown even more. It is weird, it took a while and suddenly it was like I had injected hormones into them, they almost exploded into growth. Well, I won’t complain.

This is how it looked like in september

This is what it looked like in september

And this how it looks like now.

And this how it looks like now.

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Breakfast in the veggie patch

Zapallitos

Zapallitos

Shiraz sugar snaps. They make nice snacks whilst gardening.

Shiraz sugar snaps. They make nice snacks whilst gardening.

Quinoa, mint, pumpkin, and corn doing good on our hugelkultur experiment

Quinoa, mint, pumpkin, and corn doing good on our hugelkultur experiment

I might just be able to pick my very own lemons soon!

I might just be able to pick my very own lemons soon!

Guava. Recovered after the ant attack. Oh yes, add several of those to the list of mishaps as well.

Guava. Recovered after the ant attack. Oh yes, add several of those to the list of mishaps as well.

Lemon guild doing a good job. So good that even some ombues (Phytolaca dioica) decided to join. I feel like planting them all out and making an ombu forest.

Lemon guild doing a good job. So good that even some ombues (Phytolaca dioica) decided to join. I feel like planting them all out and making an ombu forest.

Artichokes in the lemon guild. Really hoping they will grow up to be something...

Artichokes in the lemon guild. Really hoping they will grow up to be something…

Rosecocco beans. The seeds came from the bag of beans I got at the local supermarket.

Rosecocco beans. The seeds came from the bag of beans I got at the local supermarket.

This little guy was huge after 3 days. It's gone now.

This little guy was huge after 3 days. It’s gone now.

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Super greeeeen

Super greeeeen

Psycho lettuce

Psycho lettuce

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7 Comments

  1. Good to hear things are going well in the area of agriculture! A bit concerned however that the windows on the container house has disappeared in the second of the before- and after shots. But good to see some pictures of growing things now that we are about to go into the darkest week of the year here in Sweden.

    I can, by the way, think of a few things that don’t look very good, fancy or interesting from a distance and that turn out to be horrible up close. Myself for instance.

  2. Hello there!
    I think your garden looks absolutely incredible!
    I’m going to send my brother Alex to work for you, he’s done all the Earthship courses and you know him, he’s good at building stuff.
    When it comes to you, my dearest friend, little sister: you need to rest and I think a week or two in Madeira sans kidz & husband will do miracles. Just say the word and we can plan this!
    Big hug!

  3. Hey you two, what a fab veggie plot! Your hard work is paying off. Stick with it, it’s well worth it. Lots of love Laura & Dave xxx

  4. In this days of darkness and being snowed under, all the light and greeneries are beautiful! I’d been mostly following you on FB lately … it’s nice to come back to the full blog!

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