Monday, 13 August 2018

My Little Garden

When I was younger me and my sisters had a ‘little garden’ behind our garden shed. We used to have Beets, Potatoes and beans. It was my mom and dad who were looking after it. But it was fun to own it. Later we planted it full of tulips, but they slowly died, and my mom and dad started to plant different flowers and plants that would stay for years. 
Recently I thought about ‘our’ garden and asked my parents if I could plant some beans and beets, melons and courgette. My parents are real garden fanatics, so they said yes immediately. But there wasn’t much room for my plants left in our garden. So, for my birthday they gave me a sort of self-made garden. Soil in a bin and I planted the seeds. - With my dad helping me with how far the distance was supposed to be -. 
And after that, I forgot to look after my little plants. (I have bad mood swings that take some weeks to go over. ‘dark days’ is what I call them) But my dad, being the super dad, looked after them. Watered them every day and with some plastic he created a little greenhouse, so the seeds would be nice and warm. And soon after that, little plants sprouted from the ground. Beans were the first to come up. Then the beets and after that not much happened. No courgette or melons. But then we got some few warm days and hups! there grew the courgette and eventually the melons decided to show their little green leaves. So excited!
And still I only looked at the plants and my mom and dad took care of them. My sisters’ boyfriend took the melons to a greenhouse he owns on an island nearby. So, I only have this to show of my melons. I don’t know how they’re doing.

But look at my beans! I already ate a few and there are still beans coming from the plants. The beets are growing but I don’t know if they really are going to be eatable. My courgettes are having the hardest time ever. 

My dad -again- planted them in the garden because they outgrew my bin. And then one got almost fully eaten by slugs. The other one is doing better. 

Then my parents went on summer holiday and I had to take care of the plants myself. And suddenly I was watering my little plants every evening because it was so so dry. No rain for weeks is really bad for a garden full of plants. So I placed a beach umbrella over my courgettes in hopes they won’t die of the heatwave. I’m only watering it in the evening so not much water will be wasted by the heat of the sun. One courgette has lots of flowers but no courgette growing yet. And the other one that was almost eaten by slugs is making it’s come back. So I wait for flowers to grow on there. I check my plants every day. It’s actually a lot of fun.
My beans and beets are in the shadow of the grape plants growing over the pergola. So they are growing better and I had my first meal with beans. I’m waiting for my courgette plants to show some sort of courgette and my beets. I must wait if they really going to grow some beets or just leaves and nothing eatable. But we’ll see.

Xx Rianne

This blogpost is powered by my mom and dad who kept looking after my plants. #adformyparents
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