Meine Tröts im Fediverse

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7. April 2024 16:23

This is what does to the land.
First picture taken 21 Feb 2024 and the second one today. We had a lot of rain and the water hasn't drained for month.
In the 20 years we've lived here, the field was planted with maize for anaerobic digesters for more than 10 years - 8 or 9 years in a row!
The farmer who did most of the damage told me about the horrors of maize production (i.e. compaction and erosion) - a couple of years before he sold up his dairy business and went into maize for digesters...

On the plus side: Today two shelducks landed in the pool and were pretty to watch.

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7. April 2024 16:09

A new tool for the made mostly from workshop scraps: A wide to mark drills for and .
Originally, I wanted to use the metal rake in the first picture for this, but the angle of the pins was just not right.

So I made one from two pieces of batten, a handle bought (as a hoe) from a discounter for 7€, some wood dowels and a bit of hose.

My beds are 80cm wide so the distance between the outer pins is 70cm. This way, I have 5cm to the edges on each side.
There is a total of nine pins. Depending on the number of pieces of hose I put on, I can mark up to nine rows on the bed in one go.
The bed has to be flat though, but here the metal rake comes handy.

7€ and 1 1/4h work - I'm pretty chuffed.

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26. Februar 2024 14:47

Nur mal aus Interesse:
Hat irgend jemand von Euch schon mal nach einem Tröt eines Accounts der Instanz eine Antwort erhalten, wenn Ihr geantwortet habt?
Oder werden da nur Beiträge aus anderen Netzwerken ins Fediverse gespiegelt?

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12. Februar 2024 16:51

Bed preparation for the new season in the

I harvested the last parsnips, celeriac and carrots, raked the beds over and covered with a few cm of green waste compost from the council (certified for organic horticulture).

The new miditunnel was planted with garlic, lettuce, peashoots and pak choi.
Because the tunnel is made really cheaply, I wanted to call it cheap tunnel. My wife insisted that I should use the term "miditunnel" instead as it is in size between my tunnel greenhouse and last years minitunnels.

The original design of the tunnel wouldn't last a week in our climate. So I re-enforced the construction massively. Mostly I used stuff from last year's minitunnel.

Need to get a few things more ready as I have to get some minor surgery done this week. After that, there may be a pause for a few days or weeks. ☹️

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3. Februar 2024 08:23

Look at this pretty couple that came to breakfast today!
They had a drink from the pond and picked some seeds from the wildflower meadow before something scared them away.

Quality of the photos is poor since taken through one layer of security glass door and triple glazing windows.

In Germany there is some release of s by hunters, but by far not to the extend as in the UK. I.e. I don't know about any releases in our area.

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25. Januar 2024 12:58

The council of my home town has erected "swap huts" at their recycling centres.
So far it was illegal and a criminal offence to take something out of the containers. While this still will be the case, users can drop off and take usable stuff at the huts.
Baby steps... but something.

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22. Januar 2024 13:44

For a bit more than a year, that I'm in the Fediverse, I had the chance to read and learn from and enthusiasts around the globe.
You are a generous bunch of people, thanks for sharing!

However, aren't there more gardeners out there in or ? I'd love to see your take on or s.

Map of the World with markers mainly in Europe, North America and Australia. The markers mark roughly the geographic region of some of my contacts in the fediverse.
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21. Januar 2024 18:25

Eine volle Innenstadt. 10.000+ demonstrieren friedlich und in netter Stimmung für eine vielfältige Gesellschaft.

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20. Januar 2024 18:42

The cold smoker is on so I smoked some gouda cheese and some sea salt.
After smoking, the cheese has to mature for a few days. Straight from the smoke it's disgusting. I use vacuum bags for that. I cut the bags much larger than needed so I can reuse them several times.

The salt is a first for me. It's in a bag and was smoked for ~8 hours. My wife and I reckon it can have another go tomorrow.

You find info on my home made smoker (in German) here:

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20. Januar 2024 18:34

Update: Selbstbau Räucherofen mit Kaltrauchgenerator Als ich den Kaltrauchgenerator für meinen Räucherschrank baute, war mir klar, dass die Hitzebeständigkeit des Tontopfes, der als Luftzufuhr diente, ein Knackpunkt der Konstruktion war. Trotzdem war ich etwas überrascht, dass der Topf schon ungefähr beim sechsten oder siebten Räuchergang anfing, sich in seine Bestandteile aufzulösen. Folglich hieß es Abschied zu nehmen von der Konstruktion ……

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20. Januar 2024 18:33

Selbstgemachter Rehschinken mit Rosmarin und Lorbeer Ist: Potential: Da habe ich es beim Pökeln mit dem Salz etwas zu gut gemeint. Aber dieser erste Versuch zeigt Potential. Vielen Dank an Rico für das Räuchern! Zutaten Rehblatt Meersalz Rosmarin Lorbeer Zubereitung Arbeitszeit: ca. 30 Min. / Koch-/Backzeit: ca. 0 Min. / Schwierigkeitsgrad:  einfach Das Fleisch wird mit Salz und Gewürzen mittel eines …

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18. Januar 2024 11:27

These are Australian "en miniature".
The top of the water bottles is cut off and turned into the bottom. The cap gets some holes. The soil sucks up the water by capillary action.

Two bottles hold lettuces "Amerikanischer Brauner" and "Venezianer". The third bottle was sown with seed of a hybrid of the two. These seeds show the strongest germination. All seeds were collected in our garden.

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18. Januar 2024 09:50

Holly tree on ice...

(can't really believe I wrote that...)

holly tree with snow on it against blue backdrop of sky
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18. Januar 2024 09:14

Lovely morning in Northern Germany today. Not much to do outside, so time to enjoy the colours and the sun.

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11. Januar 2024 12:47

Do I run a market garden when I don’t sell produce? shouldn’t I rather call it an allotment or veg patch?
I reckon it qualifies as a market garden because I run it like a professional market garden and a lot of reading about market gardens went into the planning. …

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10. Januar 2024 13:24

Buchkritik Ben Hartman „The Lean Micro Farm“ Mit „The Lean Farm“ hat Ben Hartman eines meiner Lieblingsbücher zum Thema kleine, landwirtschaftliche Betriebe geschrieben. Deshalb habe ich mir mit großer Vorfreude sein neues Buch „The Lean Micro Farm“ gekauft. …

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Marktstand mit Gemüsekisten
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9. Januar 2024 09:20

This is so embarrassing! I just wanted to sign the "tax the rich" petition to the EU.

I picked to do it with a German eID --> white screen followed by error message after about a minute.

Digital processes in Germany are an embarrassment.

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5. Januar 2024 19:42

Caramelised in sherry jus (idea by ) with my twist of leeks and golden beetroot in butter with nutmeg and a salad of beetroot Chioggia and golden beetroot Wintersonne in white balsamic and olive oil.

Accompanied by some home-made sparkling elder lemonade -

My wife and I harvested 41.6kg of celeriac, carrots, beetroot, leeks, parsnips and cabbage the other day - just before the new cold front from the north came in with frost and snow.

Caramelised #Celeriac in sherry jus (idea by #RaymondBlanc) with my twist of leeks and golden beetroot in butter with nutmeg and a salad of beetroot Chioggia and golden beetroot Wintersonne in white balsamic and olive oil.
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3. Januar 2024 21:31

Festliche Butternut-Pastinaken-Pfanne mit Orangensauce Ok, zugegeben, das Foto von dem Gericht sieht nicht umwerfend aus, aber der Geschmack ist es – versprochen! …

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3. Januar 2024 09:35

The final numbers for the for 2023 are in.
Although I don't run it as a commercial operation, with about 800 kg from 16 beds, it produced a yield per hectare of more than 63 t/ha of . The mean for all German veg producers (2015-2022) was about 30t/ha.
Since I could easily increase the production by at least 50%, that is a great argument for as all that is done on only - no fertilizers, no pesticides.
It took about 250 hours. As I don't measure the harvest of our friends, who provide the land, the total yield from the market garden is about 1.6t+.
You can find the full review with photos on my German blog:

Some of the September 2023 harvest from the market garden.
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2. Januar 2024 16:09

Rückblick auf das Gartenjahr 2023 Es geht hier um Landwirtschaft bzw. Gartenbau, aber nein, jetzt wird nicht (nur 😉 ) gejammert.
Denn obwohl das Jahr 2023 mich an meinen beiden Standorten klimatisch sehr gefordert hat, sprechen die Zahlen eine sehr positive Sprache. …

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22. Dezember 2023 08:33

What a pity, that this is a Google service:
You get photos of art, textiles or places and have to mark the origin on a map.
You are marked by the distance between your marker and the actual origin/location of the artefact.
My best result was 0km. It was not that difficult though: A prison cell with a photo of Nelson Mandela in it.

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17. Dezember 2023 14:21

Das war’s Seit wir vor vielen Jahren mal einen Beitrag über Naranjas del Carmen im Fersehen gesehen haben, hatten wir zunächst eine Adoption von Orangenbäumen und später über Adoptionen von Essig und Olivenöl. Die Idee beim CrowdFarming lautet, dass man die vielen Zwischenhändler zwischen Landwirten/-innen und VerbraucherInnen ausschaltet und über eine Internetplattform direkt von den ErzeugerInnen …

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6. Dezember 2023 20:13

After two nights with -13/14°C, the last few days were a bit warmer (i.e. -5 to -1°C).
The snow is heavy and perfect snowman material. The weight was to much for the roof of the chicken run though. It collapsed. It happened at night so there were no casualties.
As the ground has been frozen for about a fortnight now, I was too late to get the last beetroot, carrots and potatoes out of the ground.
Unfortunately, the lovely winter weather and snow cover will not stay until Christmas as the forecast says, some warmer (1-5°C) weather with rain is ahead.

a frozen pond with surrounding garden covered in snow
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29. November 2023 12:36

@bike (In the browser with multi columns) There is a burger icon to the right of your user name. That opens a menu with an item "followed hashtags" .
When you click on one, there is an unfollow option.
(Hope the English terms are right as I didn't switch the language of my browser/mastodon)

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7. November 2023 20:49

Largish scale production near Hamburg, Germany:

Ginger is not cleaned with water but pressurized air.
This way it keeps longer.

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6. November 2023 19:40

Rote-Beete-Pastinaken-Gratin mit Salat Geschmackswertung: Hier kommen zwei meiner Lieblingsgerichte zusammen: Der super-leckere Querbeetsalat  und ein Gratin von Ro…

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24. Oktober 2023 06:23

Yesterday was the first decent day after galeforce winds and the worst flood of the baltic sea around here in +100yrs.
When I came to the market garden, the had it. We didn't have frost, yet, but the foliage was wilted.
The total yield from 6.4m2 was only 1.9kg tubers. They were just an underplanting of tomatoes though (which failed completely this year due to blight).
The sweet potatoes in the minitunnel (3.2 m2) still look ok.

@BroadforkForVictory @Hesperalis

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14. Oktober 2023 12:08

Today saw the start of my "liquefier" project.
Most of the parts were lying around somewhere except 2 brackets for mounting the device on the wall and the caps.
A PVC pipe DN110 with caps fits exactly into a DN125.
So the DN110 pressing cylinder will compress the comfrey in the DN125 pipe and eventually liquid will drop out.
Now the glue has to set before the device is mounted to the wall of the shed and filled with comfrey.
The is only for my pot plants.

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12. Oktober 2023 14:56

The bed planted in April had a few more green potatoes. That is probably due to the fact, that the October ones got another layer of compost in December.
They will all be used as seed potatoes.

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12. Oktober 2023 14:54

Update Potato Trial
Boxes to left: yield of 1 bed planted in April 85.9kg (134,2 t/ha) humongous in size
To right: planted Oktober 2022 81.4kg (127.2 t/ha) normal to humongous in size
Average potato yield in Germany 2022: 40.1 t/ha
Beds ready for a new layer of compost and some autumn/winter planting.
I was too curious about the sweet potatoes (underplanted under tomatoes) and lifted one. Not too bad. This years Christmas dinner will see our own sweet potatoes.

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5. Oktober 2023 18:04

The weather forecast says more wet, unstable weather ahead for coming fortnight. I decided to cut my losses on the runner beans and cleared the bed on a day off. Quite a few were already rotten.
14.4kg of pods became 6.33kg of podded beans which need drying before I can store them in glasses.
Listened to "Entangled Life" by M. Sheldrake while working. Thanks for the recommendation! @afewbugs
This time I pedalled the harvest back.
@bike 🙂

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30. September 2023 18:41

There was not much time for the recently.
There is still more than weeds to find. 🙂 However, the sweetcorn and courgettes needed to be cleared out.
If I were a commercial producer, many of the beds would have already been cleared and replanted. But we run the operation just for two families and friends.
After a very long day, the car was full of produce (too much for bike and trailer).
Tomorrow is open day in our private . Better get a nap.

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29. September 2023 12:55

Hokaidokürbis in Honig-Soja-Marinade auf Feldsalat Versprochen: Ich mache einen Kochkurs, damit meine Teller hübscher aussehen und schaue auf YouTube Videos zu „Food Photograph…

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29. September 2023 12:54

Karamellisiertes Ofengemüse auf Pasta in Sahne-Parmigiano-Sauce Es könnten auch fünf Gabeln und Spaten sein… Arbeitszeit: 30 min / Koch-/Backzeit: 25-30 min / Schwierigkeitsgrad: mittel Der…

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29. September 2023 12:33

(Lammlachse mit) Zucchinipfanne Geschmackswertung:  Zugegeben: Der Inhalt der Pfanne auf dem Handyfoto zu diesem Beitrag sieht nicht sooo super lecker aus. W…

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29. September 2023 12:32

Thai-Curry heiratet italienische Pasta Wenn ein Thai-Curry und eine norditalienische Pastasauce heirateten, müsste das Kind genau so schmecken! Bei der ersten Gabel…

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29. September 2023 12:32

Dreierlei Blumenkohl (vegan) Eine ganze Mahlzeit (fast) nur aus Blumenkohl?!Oh ja! Dieses Gericht ist lecker, überraschend abwechslungsreich und vegan. Di…

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29. September 2023 12:30

Leckere Pestos holen den Sommer zurück Regen, Regen, Regen – aber mit sommerlichen Pestos und Pasta holen wir uns den Sommer zurück! 🙂 Die glatte Petersilie im Gart…

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26. September 2023 19:40

Am 1.10., 14.00 Uhr gibt es es wieder eine Führung durch unseren mit , und .
Die Veranstaltung ist in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Verein für Klima- und Energiewende
Bitte per Mail anmelden, damit genug Kuchen da ist 😉 und gerne teilen.

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24. September 2023 19:21

Just watched Landward and learned, that need 2,000 h of below 7°C to develop a good crop with uniform ripening. This is a problem for farmers in Scotland today as it's not cold enough any more - in Scotland!
Similar applies to and 1,000 below 6°C.

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17. September 2023 18:57

Twice baked eggplant, a recipe by Sylvia Colloca
With eggplants, tomatoes, parsley, basil, garlic and eggs from our garden in northern Germany.
So yummy!

Twice baked eggplants
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17. September 2023 10:57

So geht das mit Geschwindigkeitslimits, @GrueneBundestag

Wales führt Tempo 30 in Ortschaften ein.

Aber über den Bedarf hinaus LNG-Terminals beschleunigt bauen, Greenwashing mit "blauem" Wasserstoff aus Norwegen betreiben oder für die Europawahl Carbon Capture Storage vorantreiben, kann man natürlich auch machen.

Habt Ihr schon über Förderung umweltfreundlicher Kernkraft nachgedacht?

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27. August 2023 20:09

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26. August 2023 16:13

Some years ago, I saw an add for 2nd hand from professional greenhouses. I drove quite a distance - with a trailer - bought a quantity stretching the loading limit of the trailer and I've spent a lot of time since sketching plans for greenhouses.
Who would have thought, that quality, durable timber has become that expensive?
Obviously not this former, skilled cabinet maker...

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26. August 2023 11:12

There is an autumnal feeling about the garden - hang on - what's that in background?

Rhododendron in full flower 26 August.

The white rhododendron always had some flowers late in the year. This is the first year of a full flowering in August.

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23. August 2023 06:21

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22. August 2023 19:27

Why are the among the happiest people in the world although they pay so much ?

Because they get something for their money!

We spent a lovely afternoon in / Aarhus. Admission to the and (lovely ) is free.
Parking (close to CBD) is free for 2 hrs.
A really nice salad with melon, water cress, edamame, feta etc. in the cafe is ~10€.
A great way to finish a long weekend away from home in .

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15. August 2023 10:07

A few weeks ago, a journalist from the local newspaper interviewed me for about one hour about Their photographer was all over the .
Today the article was published on half a page in all local editions across our state - and I have no subscription nor is it online outside the paywall. ☹️
So later, I have to get out to get the print edition.
Anyway, thanks to and all the other NoDig practitioners who helped me to get where I am with the garden now.

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14. August 2023 12:32

Last weekend, we were visited by grass snakes again.
We are not sure if they got rarer this year or if they just find more cover amongst the plants in the matured pond.
Anyway, the green fellas have to be vigilant if they don't want to end up a bump in the snake's body.

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24. Juli 2023 10:57

Some juvenile birds have discovered the vaulted ceiling of the greenhouse as their hunting ground. I reckon they could be s (wouldn't mind being corrected by more knowledgeable bird watchers).
They perch on the strings for tomatoes and cucumbers and pick e.g. hoverflies from the air.

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21. Juli 2023 16:02

We love the grass snakes in/around our pond, but listening to a being predated by a is always a gruesome experience.
However, without there are no . Unusual is the late time of the day (about 6 pm) and the overcast sky. Usually the snakes hunt in full sun.

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16. Juli 2023 17:20

Too much from the or ?

On my blog (German), you find a recipe for a plate with cauliflower in three ways:
- crunchy cauli steaks
- creamy cauli curry sauce
- fragrant cauli rice

Except cauliflower, you just need a capsicum/bell pepper, Thai basil, oil, pepper/salt, curry powder, white balsamic vinegar or lemon juice and a bit of water.

cauliflower steaks on a creamy cauliflower curry sauce with cauliflower rice on a white plate
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21. Juni 2023 14:23

The literal translation of the German name for this moth is feather ghost (Federgeistchen also Federmotte).

It was hiding in my basil. When I handled that, it flew off to the greenhouse wall.
Not the nicest photo, but I didn't want to intimidate it any further.

white plume moth
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16. Juni 2023 12:43

When I tell my wife something about plans in the like, "Let's do this and that and in about just 6 yrs - max 8 - it will look great!", she just nods. I get the ok and - sometimes - 6-8 yrs later the plan works out.
That is definitely the case with rose Perennial blush, which I planted about 7 yrs ago against the wall.
For 2-3 weeks/y it turns into a waterfall of flowers.

Planted into a hole with green waste compost surrounded by sharp sand. Annual top-up of green waste compost.

Rambler rose Perennial Blush climbing up a trellis on a brickwall.
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16. Juni 2023 08:36

Some accounts around that always bring up something new to me:


Sorry, if I didn't mention You - maybe next Friday. 🙂


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11. Juni 2023 17:05

It took me a bit more than 6 yrs to get to 200 followers on Twitter. The amount of people I had regular, meaningful interactions with was rather limited.
Here in the fediverse, it took a bit more than 6 month to get to 200 followers (thanks @roastinghouse !) and there are plenty of nice, helpful, knowledgeable people around the globe sharing their world and skills with me.

A big "Thank you!" to all of you.

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30. Mai 2023 19:51

Am 8.6.2023 sind wir in Freienwill bei Gastgeber einer Ideenschmiede unseres örtlichen Klima- und Energiewende-Vereins .

Ab 19.00 Uhr geht es durch den zu den Themen

Kommt gerne vorbei und sagt es weiter bzw. teilt den Tröt. Eine Anmeldung wäre prima, ist aber nicht zwingend.

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26. Mai 2023 20:49

For dinner, my wife treated me with a very special quiche.
In the filling are and fresh shoots. The tarragon is not chopped up, so you get nice bursts of aniseed in the mouth with every other fork.
There is usually just this one shot at a good recipe with the garlic flowers a year. This was perfection (which might not be reflected in my photo).😉

edit: alt text added, hashtag added

quiche made with garlic flowers and tarragon shoots
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24. Mai 2023 11:13

We had some rain the last days, and the looks lush.
Lots of things to appreciate and to be done - but I'm mostly in bed with flu for the 5th day in a row, probably still a few days to go. Short forays out and then back again.
The backlog of veg from the pipeline to be planted is getting bigger (as are the plants...).
I prefer my flu in Dec or Jan - planning can be done from the bed and there's not much to do outside.

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23. Mai 2023 15:24

After a clean-up of another garden area, I've had some potted up ferns standing around near the garden shed for years.
So today, one of them was made to a fern kokedama or a .
Since we don't have any lawn left, the bit of moss I could find in the wildflower meadow locks a bit scruffy. That made for a scruffy kokedama. The root ball of the fern is covered in moss which is hold in place by some string.
For the next one, I'll get some nicer moss!

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16. Mai 2023 13:48

In my current blog post you find a (German) description of my attempt at a wicking bed.
Wicking beds are very water efficient and can support plants for a sustained period without the need of watering.
My two new wicking beds are my insurance policy for the summer holiday when our teenage daughter will do the watering. 🙂
Though she did a good job last year - except for my beloved, first time fruiting finger lime...😭

wicking bed
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15. Mai 2023 19:55

Super quick and better than Chinese takeaway!
are flash fried (<1min) in a . Add some starch and water, the coarsely chopped greens of the radishes & chard, finely chopped leaves, ginger and garlic. Add cooked noodles. The finer mie noodles are better than these! Season with five spice, dark/light soy sauce and sambal. Finish with some groundnut oil.
Adding ginger and garlic towards the end gives better, fresher aroma.
<15 min prep
<2 min cooking time

noodles, radishes and radish greens in a wok
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14. Mai 2023 14:59

Had a lovely day in the sun at a car boot sale / plant exchange at a farm 2 villages (10km)* away.
Had lots of nice chats, sold a few surplus plants, met interesting people - but was completely exotic because I came by bicycle with a little trailer.
Sure, if it had been a commercial enterprise a proper stall and more plants would be necessary, but there were no commercial traders just locals.
Many visitors came by bike though. 🙂

* >9km bike paths

a market stall consisting of a bicycle trailer and some boxes with plants on sale
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12. Mai 2023 12:25

Exciting 1st results of the trial:
Bed with slightly better developed plants (left) was planted 16 Apr directly into . The other was planted 31 October last year with tatties freshly harvested on another bed into compost. The bed received a new layer of compost of ~4cm in Dec.
All October tatties sprouted. Depth at planting 5-10cm.

If the yield is comparable, the autumn planting at harvest will save me storage and time.


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5. Mai 2023 11:20

is not really pleasant today.
Despite a storm warning for today & tomorrow, the farmer tilled the field behind our house yesterday. Now sand is blowing everywhere.
As it's late in the season, I guess we get corn for - again.
Before it was tilled, there were in the air and hares on the ground.
1 young hare moved into our garden & had a nibble at the oregano this morning.
Last few hrs it's huddled against the workshop wall, that is warmed by the sun.

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27. April 2023 12:56

The first are potted up and moved to the cold greenhouse. They were broken off rooting in water and then put in glasses with water to root. 10 slips from 3 tubers so far (more to come).
The stack with module trays in euroboxes is skyrocketing again.
Common knowledge says to sow 2 seeds of corn and to thin for 1 plant, but the cob suggests clusters of plants in nature. Has anyone tried growing in modules/clusters of 2?

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26. April 2023 18:54

Today, I made Mark II of my home-brew aerator. The idea was pinched from (as far as I can remember).
It is an old tomato spiral with two pieces of metal pipe as handles, bent in a vice.
Mark I had only 1 piece of pipe.
The electric compost sieve was a gift from friends, who didn't have a use for it. For me, it's a game changer. almost everything for the in module trays means, huge amounts of compost are needed this time of the year.

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25. April 2023 06:09

The weather forecast predicts stormy, rainy conditions. So before closing up the mini , I had a quick morning pick of for later in the day.
The complete re-design of the veg patch meant I had a late start to the season this year and no over-wintering veg. Still, the mini tunnel and greenhouse have produced ~2kg of in 3 weeks and the is just kicking in. in the greenhouse are beginning to shoot.

a bowl of salad greens
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23. April 2023 20:29

Just watched last
What a great episode with @francestophill!
And - looking at the plants and garden - I found my gardening twin in Cliff Curd - with one difference. For years, I tried to convince my wife that we need a . Today, Cliff totally sold her the idea with quails living in it as pest controls.
I need to get building fast before the memory of the cute birds fades...

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18. April 2023 16:37

Today's visitors:
The young has been here for a few days. Today it had a nibble on the meadow and checked out our terrace.
The blue tit seems to be attracted by my grow lights and checks on the plants several times each day.
The goldfinch unfortunately found a plastic fibre, we were not aware of, in the herb garden.

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18. April 2023 08:50

Food for thought:
From my home town in the very north of Germany, I can cross the Baltic Sea 3x and get by rail through Denmark to Sweden in 5h.
I wouldn't make it in this time to my mother-in-law near Göttingen though.

Today in news: Federal government is planning 988 new kilometres of Autobahnen (motorways).


Website: How far can you get from point X by rail within 5h?

map showing the places you can reach by train from Flensburg/Germany within 5hrs.
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15. April 2023 08:20

Another of my fixpoints in is the with the .
The outside didn't make that much this time of the year.
But the in the palm house were just amazing. A landed on my hand and didn't leave me for 10+ minutes, probably drinking my salty sweat (it was warm!).
I can't remember how often I've taken the shot of the palm house terrace - but it is a tradition for each visit.
Next time, I'll bring my camera. My phone doesn't cut the mustard.

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15. April 2023 07:59

When in , I have to visit

I love how the buildings provide light for the and how the sculptures are sometimes put into different contexts / light situations.
1st picture of Death 2018, 2nd 2023.
Old woman and nude couple 2018.
The mixture of the (formerly private) collection is eclectic - you might say wild, but the atmosphere makes up for that.
So cheers to all drinkers of the 19th century, who financed this .

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4. April 2023 17:23

Running the wood chipper all afternoon is not good for the brain.

So I take @OxgardenZ 's

"So true
funny how it seems
Always just peas,
but never lines of beans
Growing marrows all year long
this is the veg of my home
this is the veg
I bought a ticket to Wisley
but now I've come back again
Why do I find it hard to sow the next line?
Oh I want the veg to grow

Huh huh huh hu-uh huh
I want the veg to grow"


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1. April 2023 09:45

Comparison of cucumbers with fabric vs deep mulch at a CSA.

Spoiler: Cucumbers in compost do much better.

Video in German. You can switch automatically translated captions on. They might be understandable...

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30. März 2023 06:14

@GrueneBundestag @KonstantinNotz

Herzlichen Glückwunsch!
Wenn sogar die Energiewirtschaft die Vereinbarungen der Koalition wie folgt bewertet, läuft es wohl mit dem

- leider nicht:

"Energiewirtschaft kritisiert Ampel-Einigung als »Farce«
Für den Klimaschutz sind die Ampelbeschlüsse Gift, warnt die Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft. Der Kompromiss sei ein »Schlag ins Gesicht« der Branche."

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27. März 2023 08:37

That's a bit of a disappointment @opensourcegardens
The germination rate of the seeds in my starter kit from the initiative is between 0% for , and (marked orange in photo) and ~50% for (green) , (blue)
The rest of the seed tray is mostly self saved seed. Some is 6+yrs old. Germination rate is ~100%.

Sowing date 18 March.

Any idea what happened?

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23. März 2023 16:22

Cabinet makers (as probably all skilled tradespersons) hate measuring in repetitive tasks.

My cabinet making days are long over, but I built myself a fixture for the production of wire arches for fleece tunnels.

The trailer is about 3m long. So I just had to thread the wire into the clamps, and cut to the length of the trailer.

3/4h later: 40 arches for the beds in the market garden are done.

The 5mm galvanised steel wire might be too soft for 3m arches - in our high winds. We'll see.

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20. März 2023 20:34

The other half of the dough, that became 's pastry for us, turned out as Saturday's breakfast rolls.

I left the in the fridge from Friday to Saturday to prove.
The knive for cutting the crosses into the dough was not sharp, that gave a slightly messy look.

The oven was misted with water from a atomiser for an good rise.

175° C (fan oven), 20-25 minutes

edit: typos

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20. März 2023 20:18

are on their way!
This year with 5 varieties from
New for me are , , , and .
Thanks to @opensourcegardens for the swift delivery of my starter kit from the initiative.

module seed tray in a box with labels showing names of tomato varieties
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17. März 2023 14:37

This yeast dough is idiot-proof (I can make it) and I use it for bread as well as donuts.
1kg fine flour
2 sachets dried yeast
100g sugar
pinch of salt
500ml milk
100ml rapeseed oil
Mix and knead the dough.
Form bread-rolls or Hefetaler, cover with teatowel and leave in the fridge overnight to prove.
Heat oven (fan) to 175°C.
Spread jam.
Crumbles: 2:1:1 flour:sugar:oil + cinnamon and vanilla extract

Bread-rolls wait in the fridge for tomorrow

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16. März 2023 11:55

Last year's harvest of beetroot and potatoes coming together with this year's harvest of claytonia, wild garlic and spring onions.

Method: Saute cubes of beetroot and potatoes in olive oil.
Pound coriander, fennel and cumin seeds in a mortar.
Add together with mace, chili and salt to taste.

Serve with Greek yoghurt with some lemon zest and the salad on top.

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11. März 2023 10:58


Closed euroboxes 40x60 cm make good .

They hold 24 pots of 9x9cm.

Leftover. thick pond fleece is cut to size.

The roots of the plants grow into the fleece.

After a few years, cleaning the fleeces with hot water and/or pressure cleaner gives them another few years. Some of mine are in use for ten years.

For more water holding capacity, I use a different design:

🇬🇧 www-heim--aquaponik-de.transla

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11. März 2023 10:41


Running out of space in the utility room, I built this makeshift propagation shelf for my office window.
The are made from LED strips. They are not very powerful so I used folded aluminium foil as a reflector.
The strips have adhesive tape by which they attach to a piece of wood. That is hold by some 4mm wire which was bent around a pipe of the same diameter as the wood.
The pieces for the shelf were leftovers from some other projects.
Self-watering boxes: next toot

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10. März 2023 10:19


The breaks through and it is time to empty the freezer of last year's harvest.
The looks prettier with fresh fruit, I have to admit, but the taste is delicious.

is our to start into the weekend.

🇬🇧 feinschmeckergarten-de.transla

Increase backing time with thawed fruit by 10-15 minutes.

rhubarb strawberry marzipan cheesecake
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8. März 2023 13:08

The is interesting today:
in snow at 8 am, -4°C.
in sun at 2 pm, 7°C.
In the shade of the house, the hellebores still feel a bit sorry for themselves.
In the greenhouse, the temperature is in the high twenties - with windows open.

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8. März 2023 06:43

I reckon, I won't be planting out seedlings today...

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8. März 2023 06:29

2 articles I read yesterday:
a) An article in a German magazine about the influence of food production on the climate. In the forum massive hate against the science behind it and comments like, we should "eat humans to reduce the root cause" (sic!).

b) A blog article about life in hyperinflation in Venezuela by @TraRay .
Unfortunately, those who complained in the forum, will not read the blog.
Some people need their perspective set right...

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7. März 2023 13:28

It's a really windy/stormy day in northern Germany. Nevertheless, 5 of 8 in my sight are idling. Probably because some %§!&%$ in and neither like the view of turning rotors nor overland power lines.
Best part about it: Because the operators are paid anyway, people in the north have higher energy bills than Bavarians as the operators are compensated from regional grid usage charge.

At least the does well-ish

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2. März 2023 12:24

My first attempt at (cactus fig) seems to turn out results. 2 seedlings out of 10 seeds (sown 15 Feb) is not great, but it is early days.

The tender plants are still under LEDs in the utility room. The surrounding aluminium foil reflects the light for the plants.

Chillies, aubergines (eggplants) and bell peppers (capsicum) sown 15 Feb look fine.

Unsurprisingly, globe artichoke seeds best before 1 2013 did not produce anything - so far. 🙂

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2. März 2023 12:07

Another stack of euroboxes with is on the way in the utility room (cabbages, asparagus and annual flowers).
The mid-February predecessors (onions, leeks, cauliflower, claytonia, kohlrabi, salad crops) made it to the greenhouse and spend the cold nights under fleece.
Broad beans needed heat mats.
The under the workbench is almost there.
The potatoes are my insurance for an experiment with planting potatoes in autumn.

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2. März 2023 08:35

Vielen Dank, troety-bot!

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2. März 2023 07:43

Lovely weather today!
The frosty start means beginning the working day at the desk (after a cupper and walk through the garden 😃).
But the fields behind the house look fantastic.
The roe deer were a bit nervous at first, but then they went on with their business.
Maybe I can take the rest of the day off later when the ground isn't frozen - the garden is calling.

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27. Februar 2023 20:25

@troety Can you help me with a visualisation, too?

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15. Februar 2023 06:27

Tempo bei der Mobilitätswende statt beim Autobahn-Ausbau

Petition von Fridays for Future an den deutschen Verkehrsminister:

Die Petition hat schon fast 82.000 Mitzeichnende, kann aber noch ein paar Hunderttausend vertragen.

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12. Februar 2023 15:19

Slightly disappointed:
After made from cheap scaffolding boards (fir) gave in to rot after about 10 yrs, I thought I'd better spend some money on more resistent 4x20cm.
After 7 yrs the posts (10x10cm) have gone and I had to brace the sides with metal strips.

One reason more to change to style beds without wooden sides in the revamped veg patch.

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8. Februar 2023 07:23

Outside it's still freezing. In the utility room the is on its way.
I use a stack of euroboxes on rollers to start e.g. onions in the warmth of the house. Once they germinate, they go under fleece to the cold greenhouse.
More tender plants like chillies stay inside under LED lights until there are no more frosts.
The repurposed veg punnets stack fairly well, too.

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7. Februar 2023 07:36

There are still good news:

returns this Friday! 😉

And so far, you can even watch it in Germany:

I hope they don't put it exclusively on geofenced iview in the future...

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31. Januar 2023 19:51

Home-made Asian fast food: noodles with vegetable stir-fry

The prep takes the most time. Here it were the last of the carrots from the garden which needed a thorough scrub.

5-7 minutes:
carrots fried in oil
grated ginger
1 kaffir lime leaf (cut in fine strips)
light & dark soy sauce
five-spice or cloves (tiny amount)
sambal (or chili for vegan)
diced garlic
groundnut oil

Similar recipe on my blog (German):

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31. Januar 2023 16:02

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31. Januar 2023 10:24

The mini polytunnel had its first test: 2 days gusts of 6-9 bft winds.
The cobblestones were thrown of the edges. An ad-hoc, middle-of-the-night solution with boards and heavier concrete blocks seems to do.

Structural it did well.

There is some work to be done for a quick, practical solution to weigh down the sides. Otherwise the tunnel wouldn't make it through our rough autumn, winter or spring storms - or a severe summer storm.
Well, we have some wind here near the Baltic and North Sea. 😁

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28. Januar 2023 18:39

Good on you, Innes!

The Guardian:
Teenage athlete asks not to be considered for world cross country championships because of impact of air travel

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28. Januar 2023 16:34

A cheap(ish) mini polytunnel - is it worth the effort and money?
Check out my - German - blog article:

You can use for a machine translated version.

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26. Januar 2023 08:12

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21. Januar 2023 12:32

Neues Rezept: Tahdig (persischer Reis) mit glasierten Zuckerschoten und saurer Sauce

New recipe: Tahdig (Persian rice) with glazed mangetouts and sour sauce

The Google translation is not perfect, but you get the idea. I have no clue why Google claims some pictures are hotlinked...

Tahdig mit Zuckerschoten
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20. Januar 2023 13:08

On Fridays, we leave the working week behind with . Since my wife usually knocks off later than I, I’m left with the task to put something new on the table each Friday.
In a variation of a recipe by S. Colloca I used the last blueberries from the freezer in the dough.
There is enough for 18 (smallish) muffins.
The cream is whipped cream with lemon juice, icing sugar and mascarpone.

blueberry muffins with mascarpone cream
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20. Januar 2023 13:08

Freitags lassen wir die Arbeitswoche beim Kuchenfreitag ausklingen. Da meine Frau meistens länger arbeitet als ich, ist es an mir Freitag immer mit was Neuem auf den Tisch zu kommen.
Abgewandelt von einem Rezept von S. Colloca
habe ich die letzten Blaubeeren aus der Gefrierung eingebacken. Die Menge reicht für 18 (eher kleine) Muffins.
Dazu gibt es Schlagsahne-Mascarpone, Zironensaft-Creme mit etwas Puderzucker drin.

Blaubeermuffins mit Mascarponecreme
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19. Januar 2023 16:42

In the last light of the day, I finished the distribution of woodchips between the new veg beds.
The idea behind the is to encourage fungal activity. The provide (most) veggies with water and nutrients and get sugar in return.
To protect this fungal web is one reason for gardening.
Decaying woodchips compete with plants for nitrogen. So mostly it is not so good to incorporate them in the soil.

Nodig beds with fresh compost and woodchips as paths
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19. Januar 2023 09:16

Rotting wooden sides of the beds in the veg patch made a re-design necessary.
It was heartbreaking to destroy beds grown in years of nodig plus the last of the winter veg.
The work was getting ahead and I got nearly 2 tons of greenwaste compost from the council (8€ !).
Nearly finished, we got snow and I'm stuck.
The new beds are all 1/2 the size of the beds in the market garden. Now everything should be easier: calculation of needed plants/seeds/compost, use of fleece etc.

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19. Januar 2023 09:00

Mein und unser naturnaher Ziergarten im Dezember 2022.

My and our naturalistic ornamental garden in December 2022.