Gardening During Lockdown - Fruits And Veggies Monday

in Natural Medicine8 months ago

This year the gardening season is very different, we've never had such a year honestly. When the covid-19 pandemic started to spread and it became obvious that traveling won't be possible, shopping will be limited, we knew we're in trouble. Plus my dad's health problems added to the mix made us realize we may lose this season completely.

When the lockdown came in we were stuck in the city with more than 200 seedlings. The neighbor came to visit on the 15th of March, the last day before the lockdown and we were clever enough to send the onion and garlic sets, hoping we can go next week and plant them. That didn't happen as the next day the lockdown came into place ans we could not leave.


The Surprise

Saturday was the second day after the lockdown was lifted and we went to see the property. This is what we saw. Onions and garlic growing in the garden.


Turns out the neighbors were kind enough to plant them for us when it was time. They knew there's no way we can get there on time and they did it for us. We're lucky to have such god neighbors, honestly. Their good deed will not remain rewarded. It turns out we have also carrots and parsley as well, also thanks to them and they wanted to plant potatoes as well.


Nature On Her Own

Regardless of the pandemic or other situations influencing people's life, nature is always doing her job. The raspberries are growing nicely.



I'm trimming them every year to cut the old, dried branches. This is recommended to be done every year but this year it's too late for that. They are flowering already and trimming them can do more damage than good, so maybe next year.



Raspberries and currants are important as these are the only fruits growing in the garden. These are the source of my organic fruit supply that I'm using to make jams every year.


Currants should have been trimmed as well but just like raspberries, they have to wait another year.


Even though they haven't got the necessary care, they are growing nicely and if nothing bad happens (hail or frost), the harvest will be good. Better be as I have clients for the jam already, waiting :)


Black Currants

This is the black currant I bought from the supermarket in February. The neighbor who came to visit us took it there and later planted it as he knew we couldn't. When we got there on Saturday, this beauty could not look happier. It has been taken care of, watered regularly. Can you ask for more? I don't think so.

This is very important for me as black currant is the best source if you need vitamins. I'm usually buying syrup, made of cold pressed fruits but it's very expensive. This is only one and far from enough to make syrup for the whole family but we're going to eat is as it is, which is even better. This is really #naturalmedicine. The best if you are anemic but even if you're not, it's the best to boost your immune system.



These are also growing nicely, it's full of gooseberry. Looks like this year we're going to have plenty.


These are young still, were planted a couple of years ago but are already giving a lot of fruits.



Elder Flower

I was hoping to find the elder already flowering but no luck there. In the city many are flowering already but I guess I have to wait for another two weeks or maybe three.


No worries, I still have some from last year. This is essential for me as I'm using it to make tea and sometimes in jams as it gives a good flavor. I know this is clean, organic, no chemicals used here and pollution is minimal there, especially this year as the lockdown has cleaned the air.



My other source of fresh, organic tea supply. Last year we got some from the neighbor ans also bought a pot from the supermarket and as mint is growing like crazy, this year we're going to have plenty as it seems. I'm very happy as mint tea is not only good but healthy as well. Why buy from the shop and poison yourself with plastic bags leaving micro particles in your tea when you can have the real deal, the healthy one.



This is another plant that needs no care at all. Actually you can't even get rid of it as it grows back in no time. It has the roots so deep you can never cut them out and it's renewing itself all the time from the roots. We're using it for pickles and salads. It's excellent for cucumber pickles and beetroot salad. Also made with vinegar and served with meat.



This is the other spice that should never be missing from my kitchen. It's very popular around here. I'm using it with vinegar, basically I"m flavoring the vinegar with it. These are also from the neighbor, we got them last year and now they are growing nicely.



Lovage is another perennial plant that I'm using to flavor vinegar ind in vegetable soups.


It's a bit stronger than the others, so use it carefully but it's heavenly good. This is also very popular here.

It is recommended to harvest the fresh edges, leaves mostly but the stem as well and dry if you want or store in vinegar.

So this is how things stand, this is what mother nature could do on her own during the pandemic lockdown, without our help. Things look great at the moment, it looks like we're not going to miss out, we're still in time even thought the 200 seedlings we were trying to grow in my apartment turned out to be a complete waste. We can still buy seedlings from trusted sources and the neighbor was kind enough to plant our seeds in the greenhouse. Those are growing nicely.

This is my contribution to #fruitsandveggiesmonday hosted and run by two lovely vegan ladies, @lenasveganliving, @plantstoplanks.


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That looks really, really cool. I wish I had such a piece of land to plant some stuff...

Since I don't, I am experimenting with some pots in the balcony. I have a couple of onions growing up. How can I tell when they are ready to be cropped? 🤔 Do you have any hint for me?

Lol, of course I have 💪 😁
Ok, jokes aside, you can eat them now as they are already ready. If you want them grow big and store them for winter (which I doubt as how many you can have in a pot, right?), then you need to wait till August or even September, depending on the climate. Usually when the onions ripe, the green part is starting t ripe.

But again, if you're growing them to have it fresh, you can eat them when the stalk is as thick as your finger. I hope this helps, if not, ask me anything. I'm not an expert but I know a few things 😉

Hmmm... I only planted them 20 days ago. Isn't a bit too soon? How long does it take, usually?

Thanks for the tips. I'll check how the stalks are in a while.

Wait, how big are they now? Can you post a photo here? So I can tell you more precisely.

Here they are. I placed my finger next to it so you can have a notion of the size. 😉


I'd say leave it for another two or three weeks and then you can eat them. Let them grow a little bit more. Thanks for the photo and good luck. I see you have dill as well :)


Almost... It's not dill, but fennel. I like the smell of it. 😄

Wow, I've never had fennel. ☹️

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Thank you!

Yay! So happy to see this. I remember reading at the beginning of the lockdown how you wouldn't be able to make it to the garden, so this is wonderful to know your season will be salvaged. What wonderful neighbors to help you out with some of the planting and care. Gives a nice feeling knowing there are still plenty of people out there doing good for others. Can't wait to see how everything turns out!

Indeed we are lucky to have such neighbors as they have saved us this year. I hope we'll have a good year. I've been pretty busy during the lockdown but I saw your garden is doing ok, hope to see more updates 🙂 Thanks for dropping by.

You are so blessed to have such a place to grow something for you.
The plant looks amazing!

Thank you. It is a blessing indeed.

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Awesome to hear what your neighbors did for you - these kind of stories make me happy - and yum!!! all those berries. I should eat more berries.

While reading it, I had to think of the gooseberries that my grandfather - who passed away in 1994 - used to grow in their garden. I can still feel and taste them and I'm talking about the late 1980s to early 90s. Pure nostalgia.

Thank you for the reminder and for sharing this amazing contest that could have been several posts :>)

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Thank you

I dunno which is better, your garden or your neighbors! That's incredible that they planted some of the things for you. Beautiful garden, you've got a great resource there!

Thanks very much, it is amazing indeed. We're lucky to have them both.

What a wonderful neighbor, to plant the seedlings for you! Your plants are doing really well!

Many thanks