Spring feel in the garden

The first real spring weekend this year and we have spent the Saturday as much outside as possible. Ralph got to do some work in the garden while Silje took the boys for a walk into town to explore the new shops and enjoy a coffee (for mum) and icecream (the 4 year old). Our oldest has been asking to go for a walk into town for a while, but the weather has not really been good enough to embark on a longer excursion with the kids until now.

Some oregano in the greenhouse

Some oregano in the greenhouse

A beautiful little crocus

A beautiful little crocus

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

Today we have also been able to really explore the garden again and let the boys see all the preparation work that their dad has done over the last week. Beds have been made and prepared. There is still quite some work to do to prepare all the beds and plant everything we want to grow this year, but we also consider the garden is an ongoing process throughout the entire spring, summer and autumn.

Ralph also put back up the swings on the swing set and the facial expressions on the boys when they got to have a go for the first time this year was just priceless.

Ralph has made an L shaped bed to allow for walking in between

Ralph has made an L shaped bed to allow for walking in between

Bed prepared for planting

Bed prepared for planting

There is still some work to be done in the garden, but the beds are taking shape and the ones already there we have started to prepare, feeding last year’s soil with some much needed nutrition. We are using horse manure, as showed in the bed above.

Sunbathing crocus

Sunbathing crocus

Being able to finally enjoy the sight of the blooming flowers in the garden is priceless. Even if this is only the very first signs of what is to come, it is such a relief to be able to be outside without freezing like crazy and enjoying a sun that is actually warming. After 4-5 months of pretty much darkness, it is such a welcomed sight and feeling. The entire family is just hoping for the spring and summer season to be long and sunny. 🙂

 

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A delightful sight, to see that the berry bushes have started to sprout too in the garden. Upon inspecting the currants, raspberries, gooseberries and jostaberries, they all have tine little shoots poking out. Last year we had an amazing harvest of raspberries. They just kept yielding throughout the entire summer, so we can just hope for the same harvests this year. The boys absolutely love the berry bushes and last year could not wait to get out and pick berries. They happily showed the garden off to visitors and friends, making us appreciate it at a whole new level too.

 

Currants sprouting

Currants sprouting

 

Jostaberry shoots

Jostaberry shoots

Little rhubarb sprouts. We are really looking forward to seeing if these plants produce as much as they did last year.

Little rhubarb sprouts. We are really looking forward to seeing if these plants produce as much as they did last year.

This is just the start of this year’s growing season. We will show you how the garden progresses throughout this season. Some plants are well established and will quite certainly yield a good amount of berries or fruits. Others are younger or more experimental and may not be as successful in our garden. We will share both the positives and the failed projects with you over the coming months.

The raspberry bushes have started to sprout new shoots too

The raspberry bushes have started to sprout new shoots too

A sprouting potato in the greenhouse

A sprouting potato in the greenhouse

The tulips are sprouting

The tulips are sprouting

Transplanted strawberries

Transplanted strawberries

A tiny garlic sprout

A tiny garlic sprout

Snow bells

Snow bells

All this is just a little taste of what is yet to come over the coming season. If our readers and followers have any questions, feedback or ideas for what you would like us to write about from the garden, then we encourage you to leave a comment or send us an e-mail.

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