My garden - my paradise, or so you could say.
Nature shall have its place here, but one should recognize, that it is a garden, not a wilderness.
Natural inhabitants like ants, spiders, earthworms and mice are also allowed to work.

The microclimate is very humid and dew forms every evening.
It has little wind, but this location is not immune to storms.
In addition, it is less warm in summer and in winter the temperature can drop to -27 C.
Under these conditions, blindly selecting plants from a catalog is no option. Instead I have to check their hardiness in particular more closely. This is particularly important for woody plants, whose shoots must not freeze to death every year.

A lice problem is nearly non-existent, because the ladybugs are always there just as quickly as the lice.
On the other hand, there are many voles, which is why I only plant useful plants protected by wire grid.
Individual ornamental plants can also benefit from such a protective grid wire, but for native, very aromatic or poisonous plants I rely on their self-defence.

The paw paws are now the size of a small apple.

American persimmons are growing visibly, but they still have a long way to go.

The Japanese plum can hardly bear its many fruits, although they are not yet of full size. The tree gets a couple of stakes to support it.

The pit for the new water tank is finally complete and I can order the water tanks.

This time it works with the fruit set with the paw paws. It might have been helpful to throw organic waste under the saplings at flowering time.

The yam 'Dr. Yao' has sprouted despite having to endure a period of wet weather. Many fruits are formed in the Japanese plum 'Hollywood'. The persimmons are blooming profusely, let's see if there will be fruit this year.

The power of the Grundfos pump is sufficient to operate the watering lance over short distances. But even with a hose length of less than 20m, the pressure is too weak.

Th walnut tree is flowering. But again I see female flowers only this year. There are probably no nuts again.

The paw paw trees are blooming.
So, the spoiled food insects come in handy as a lure for the pollinating carrion beetles and the like.

The flowers of cucumber magnolia have opened. At branch each there is one of its yellow flowers.
The first plums have now faded. Soon it will become clear how large the fruit set is.

There was actually a record harvest of about 60kg of kiwi last year. The harvest of apples was also plentiful. In both cases, the Caritas market in Wil received most of the harvest.
As a result, the kiwis had to endure a heavy pruning, because such a record harvest cannot be given every year and the best harvest is of no use if you can't get to the fruit.
Of course, nothing can be said for the new year with the kiwi, because it is still too early to see flower buds. The cornelian cherries, on the other hand, have already faded and the first fruits should soon be visible. The honeyberries should already bear plenty of fruit sets, but they bloom again very late this year, which is why there is no question of that yet.
However, the various drupes will bloom at the expected time, although not all of them will develop fruits. In any case, the mirabelle plum will take part in the bloom again this year, after it did not produce a single flower for 2 years.

The water pump "HMC170-6SH" runs at 220V and is the most powerful in my garden with maximum values of 10200 L/h and 7.8 bar. It has a power consumption of up to approx. 2300W. Now it has finally passed the functional test. The only thing that should be done before using it in the garden is to seal the water outlet with hemp.

Log 2022

My garden is located at the banks of the Necker.
Such a river has its advantages, but 


the Necker is a river, whose water level varies very much. In summer, when the water is low, you may dare to take a bath. However, if the water is higher you should be careful. 

No, we didn't get sunburn, this is how we always grow.
We can only survive winter as seeds.
4 seasons

This garden is under construction
We ornamental plants
also like to show us off.
We cacti were supposed to survive the winter. But this winter was a true challenge, though we made it.
In spring, we young plants are waiting impatiently for moving to the ornamental or crop garden. Those of us for whom is not enough space in this garden are seeking asylum in other people's gardens, because those unlucky ones end up on the compost heap otherwise.

We seeds are waiting patiently for better times in the  fridge. Luckily, we are not alone.