Friday, February 24, 2012

{This moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.


Friday, February 17, 2012

Companionplanting and crop rotation in practice part 2

I think this is what it's gonna be. It's gonna be 6 years until a particular crop is planted in the same bed again, and I have the yearly switch between a heavy eater and a light eater.

Bed 1Bean 21Cabbage 12Bean 21Root 11Broad Bean 23Koolrabi 13
Bed 2Pea 22Root 11Broad Bean 23Koolrabi 13Pea 22Cabbage 12
Bed 3Braod Bean 23Koolrabi 13Pea 22Cabbage 12Bean 21Root 11
Bed 4Cabbage 12Broad Bean 23Koolrabi 13Pea 22Cabbage 12Bean 21
Bed 5    Root 11Pea 22Cabbage 12Bean 21Root 11Broad Bean 23
Bed 6Koolrabi 13Bean 21Root 11Broad Bean 23Koolrabi 13Pea 22

Companionplanting and crop rotation in practice

Way back in 2008 I found a chard for companionplanting, giving the best partners for several plants in a setup for 6 beds.

I implemented in 2008 and have been following the roaster quite diligently, having only once made a mistake with planting beans on the same bed twice in a row - this is now 4 years ago, so I doubt the negative effects on the soil are still an issue.

I only ever amend the soil with chicken poo ( the last two years, as we now have two ladies in the back yard) and compost once a year.

Over the years I have taken to name the beds after there main crop. So "Mischkulturbed 1-1" = companionplanting scheme 1-1 is come to be the Rootbed. The exact contend of the combinations you can find on folia - where I happily record my garden adventures for a few years now.

  2008        20092010201120122013
Bed 1 Broad beans 2-3Pea 2-2Bean 2-1Cabbage 1-2Koolrabi 1-3Roots 1-1
Bed 2 Pea 22Broad beans 23Pea 22Root 11Cabbage 12Koolrabi 13
Bed 3 Bean 21Bean 21 (mistake)Broad Bean 23Koolrabi 13Root 11Cabbage 12
Bed 4 Koolrabi 13Root 11Cabbage 12Broad Bean 23Bean 21Pea 22
Bed 5     Cabbage 12Koolrabi 13Root 11Pea 22Broad Bean 23Bean 21
Bed 6 Root 11Cabbage 12Koolrabi 13Bean 21Pea 22Broad Bean 23

As I was setting up the plan for this year, I noticed that I could improve. The beds starting with 1 are cabbages - meaning heavy eaters. The 2 beds are bean sorts - a different species, giving the soil actually, what the cabbages eat. If I were to rotate the 3 bed combinations as well, to have the cabbages benefit from the leftovers of the beans, I could help my crops.

I think I'll try............

Thursday, February 16, 2012

I'm starting to save my newspapers...

Because I want to make the origami pots again this year. They were marvellous! Square - so you don't loose moisture on the tray, they save space - against the round variaty - I love them!

I like that they have a solid bottom - makes for a sturdy pot that lasts until release in the garden.


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Wonderful Knitting Machine (Part 1)

I spent my whole day with sock knitting machines - have a look at their history!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Contest time!

Contest – Time!
Win a bracelet of your choice........

That's what you have to do:
1. Like my fb- page or register for the newsletter on my website.
2. Go to the shop – choose your language – and find the red bracelet which I've misplaced somewhere in the shop. On the misplaced red bracelet you'll see an exta button.
3. Send me an email – either through the shop or my homemail – stating the colour of that rogue button.

On Monday, februari 13th, I'll select a winner.
You can choose one of the bracelets in the shop, or you can get a voucher, of course.
Have fun searching!

Du kannst ein Armband Deiner Wahl gewinnen.....

So kannst Du Dich an der Verlosung beteiligen:
1. Klicke “Gefällt mir” auf meiner Facebook Seite oder melde Dich an für den Newsletter auf der Webseite.
2. Auf meiner Webseite – wähle Deutsch oben auf der Seite – und geh auf die Suche nach einem Foto des roten Armbands, daß ich irgendwo im Shop verloren habe. Auf diesem versteckten Armband liegt ein extra Knopf.
3. Schicke mir eine Mail – entweder über die Shop – Seite, oder an meine private Adresse – Welche Farbe hat der extra Knopf?

Am Montag, dem 13. Februar, werde ich einen Gewinner auslosen.
Du kannst Dir entweder ein Armband aus dem Shop aussuchen, oder aber einen Gutschein erhalten.
Viel Spaß beim Suchen!


Win het armband van jouw keuze!

Dit is wat je zou moeten doen:
1. Klick “Vind ik leuk!” op mijn facebook profiel of meld je aan voor de nieuwsbrief op de shop – site.
2. Ga naar de online winkel – kies Nederlands bovenaan – en ga op zoek naar de verstopte rode armband. Op deze armband ligt een extra knoop.
3. Stuur me een mailtje – of via de shop site of naar mijn privé mail – Welke kleur heeft de extra knoop?

Maandag, 13 februari, zal ik een winnaar bekend maken.
Of je ontvangt de armband van je keuze uit de winkel – of een kadobon.
Veel plezier bij het zoeken!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Sometimes it all comes together....

.... really fast.

I had an old louvre-door, picked up in a sale somewhere for €5.

Enter the need for a thread storage.

Take door,
make wholes


glue in nails



Nicely filled!


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Afternoon delight...

005 a video by breiduiveltje on Flickr.

On icecold, but sunny days!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

2008 -2012

2008 - Teddy


2012 - Bono