We did the big spring cleaning and brought out the ornamental plants that add beauty around the buildings. This directly changes the energy of the place.
Plukrijp is ready for your visits! Come and harvest your delicious mixed salads: purslane, corn salad, spinach, mustard leaves, Chinese chives, celery, chervil. Purslane and chervil are also wonderful for soups. Don’t forget to take along our potatoes (which are particularly tasty this year), pumpkins (orange and green), Jerusalem artichokes, red beets and ramenas that are in the storage.
In the closed tunnels, we planted kohlrabi, cauliflower and different salads. We gave them some water to help them settle. To prevent slugs from devouring these delicacies, we surrounded all these young plants with lava rock and circles of copper pipes. Lieven David who honored us with his visit inspired us to also use wood ashes. Interesting to know, wood ashes should not be used for potatoes.
In the Food Forest, Jojo and Niels have sown different plants so that they can later feed our chickens: corn, sunflower, peas, cereals and amaranth. They also built protections for some plants that we don’t want to lose with low wire netting.
In the greenhouse that we use as a nursery, we have continued to take good care of our seedlings by watering them regularly. We also planted different kind of salads there.
In the open tunnels, we planted onions.
At Hei, we continued to dig the paths, putting the marvelous compost on the long beds. We waited for a sunny moment to even out the beds with the rolhak. We did also put some straw between the short beds. Since cold nights are still expected, we have covered the flowering strawberries with a light blanket that allows water to pass through.
In the workshop, we fixed a few tools that needed a bit of attention. Jojo has also highlighted the most used tools to make them easier to access.
We prepared a delicious dish with mustard leaves. It’s an Indian recipe that Pawan and Marloes taught us when they visited us. If anyone is interested, we’ll be happy to share the recipe.
We have placed the arrows on the farm so that our visitors can more easily find their way to the different cultivation units.
To make our life easier, we decided to cover the large open field at Hei for a few weeks. In this way, the weeds will be killed before they can gain ground.
There’s a leak in the water lines to the greenhouse. Since Frank was the only person who knew how and where all the pipes were installed, we have to search and hope to quickly find out where the break is. I take this opportunity to warmly thank the magnificent volunteers who surround me and accompany me in all these adventures.
Lucky, a friend of Jojo’s from India, came to visit us and treated us to a dish from his country. A true delight!