|My garden - my paradise, or so you could
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.
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
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 grille, but for
native, very aromatic or poisonous plants I rely on their
Die Pfirsiche wachsen aber sie sind augenscheinlich noch
immer weit von der Endgrösse entfernt. Mal sehen wie gross
Auch die Äpfel und die Kiwi haben noch viel Wachstum vor
sich, aber immerhin weiss ich da, auf welche Grösse es
Die Walnuss hat den Dauerregen gut überstanden
The tara vine 'Pink Jumbo' has overcome all damage
and is now as high as it used to be and thus reaches
the end of the bamboo stick with which it was
delivered. For now it goes up with the help of
cheap sticks, but of course this kiwi gets a
permanent frame made of hot-dip zinced 3/4-inch
pipes like the other kiwis. The first gooseberries are ready for
harvest and the black currants in the planter can
also be harvested. With the cherries, the time has not
come for a while.
The tara vines would probably
overgrow everything else if I let them.
But I regularly set limits to this
wild goings-on, even if this is done at the expense
of individual fruits. But one tara vine is very lucky,
because there is not much life left in the birch
'Laciniata' ... so it can be overgrown by a variety
of tara vine. Of course, this natural climbing aid
belongs to a female and the male is left with
nothing. In view of the constant rainy
weather, I was now forced to install the rain cover
for the walnut root area. Once the accompanying plants are
large, this should no longer be necessary, but they
are still far from their final size and can
therefore only do little to use up the large amount
of water. The first red currants are ripe, but
animal harvest workers were probably quicker with
the white currants.
The kiwi have put on a lot of fruits, but some flowers are
still open. A bumper crop still seems possible. The peaches
have grown a lot again, but they are still far from their
final size. You don't see much of the curl disease anymore
... this cunning little tree actually just grows away from
The walnut still looks healthy, but I hope the weather will
be drier again soon, because the auxiliary plants are still
consuming only a small part of the water.
The first harvest of leaf mustard was yielding. This will
certainly result in a few servings of vegetables.
The vine is now blooming. May it produce plenty of fruit.
The simple watering of the sweet potatoes and yacon works.
Both root vegetables have also grown visibly.
Strawberries could be the only fruit that could be harvested
now, but many fruits are visibly nearing maturity. The
summer silverberry should be ripe next.
The sloe is once again making itself scarce, but the fruits
are also extremely difficult to see in the foliage. So it is
quite possible that not just one single fruit will grow.
The grape vine does not yet have any fruit, but numerous and
large inflorescences develop. A respectable harvest for the
second year can therefore be expected in autumn.
Now the tara vines have started to bloom. Will it be enough
for a bumper crop?
Now it's time to plant sweet potatoes and yacon. To
facilitate the later harvest and for better growth, I plant
them in bags of universal soil. There are some more
Mayberries to harvest and it is not over for a while with
these blue fruits.
The kiwi 'Pink Jumbo' is actually sprouting a third time and
can therefore still be saved. But now I don't let anything
burn and just sprinkle slug pellets until the leaves are too
difficult for the slugs.
The magnolia was less fortunate and has to be replaced again
after it has been eaten by snails. Of course, the new one
immediately gets slug pellets all around.
Less rain fell than feared, so the walnut was not in danger
even without rain protection. Setting up the protection now
would be a bad idea either way, because it is warm and dry
weather forecast for next week.
More likely I will have the opposite problem.
Spraying against curl disease also makes no sense under such
weather conditions, especially since the leaves of the
various Prunus species are almost fully grown.
Now that there are no more cold waves, yacon and sweet
potatoes can finally be planted in the bags.
I also planted 2 other types of rhubarb, 2 apothecary's
roses and a yellow flowering shrub rose.
|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.
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
We seeds are waiting patiently for better times
in the fridge. Luckily, we are not alone.