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Gardening after the virus 1

I’ve been sick. The covid-19 hit hard, but I refuse to let it fill an entire blog post, media is full of covid-19 content, so I’ll just stick to the plan I had with this blog and focus on the frugality – adding a prepper-like shine to it.

I wanted to have loads of flowers, and though I still do, I must admit, that Ive changed my perspective about it a bit. With the world going into a new depression after the virus and the different farm crisises all over the world, I’m worried about the food situation. Two months ago I grew food for fun, now it’s a matter of living and living well in a few months.

I wanted to focus on lettuce and spinach and other fast crops, but now I’ve exchanged seeds and I’m growing more beets, chard, beans of all sorts, more peas than planned, carrots, pumpkins, kale etc. I wanted to have rabbits for eating, but B said NO and didn’t seem interested in discussing the matter.

I’ve built a greenhouse from old plastic bags and twigs, and so far I only need it to stay whole for a month or so, and then the weather should be good enough.

Yup. It is ugly, but the fleece and the plastic (cut from the bottom of an old kids swimming pool) is there to protect from the cold during the night. It works SO well.

That’s it for now. More will come. Right now I need to go dig another bed and take away the grass and roots. It’s hard work, but I love the rewarding feeling I get when I see a new seed sprout and promise me a bit of food in the future.

Lemon tree growing. Chapter 1. (Day 1-8)

I got my hands on some organic lemons the other day, and decided to try if it would be possible to grow a tree, and possibly have one ready for my parents 40 year wedding day next year. I live in Denmark, so it’s a gamble, due to the weather and the cold season, but either way, I will learn from the experience. It won’t be very likely that it will ever produce any fruits, but I actually think they’re pretty trees and the leaves themselves have a wonderful smell, and I think I can use them for something regardless.

Step 1 and 2

Step 1. Is getting the seeds out. I know people usually cut the lemon in half, but “being frugal” I didn’t want to waste any seeds. Instead of cutting the lemon all the way through, I decided to just cut a bit and using my fingers to separate it and dig out the seeds.

Step 2. Peel off the outer shell. I see most people use paper cloth to hold the seeds (they’re slippery as F), while peeling off the hard shell. I decided to use a kitchen towel instead, because I felt it was easier to rub of the slimy stuff. And I was right. It was SO easy!

Step 3.

Step 3. I put the (8) kernels on some paper towel (ok…toilet paper) and drizzled some water on it before putting it in a plastic bag. Most people use ziplock bags, but I want to reuse my plastic as much as possible, so I just closed it with a locking mechanism I got from IKEA years ago.

Step 4. Remember to date it and write what’s in the bag.

Step 4. Leave it a warm place for at least 1 week. We have a quite cold house, so I put it next to my radiators, but to make sure, that it didn’t burn I wrapped it in a duvet.

Step 5… set your alarm/calendar and wait…just like me. Chapter 2 will come within a few weeks.