There have already been three episodes of the series but I have not had time to write anything about this on the blog so I thought it might be time now. For the past six months, we have been working to transform our villa garden into a self-sustaining organic farm. A city farm where ecological cycle is in focus. Together with two experts; Sara Bäckmo and Johan Widing and Meter television, we have made a transformation that I could not even dream of. It is an understatement to say that this project has changed my and my family's lives.
Despite the fact that it has meant a big change for us, we have still got used to our small farm by now. It has become the new normal to go out into the garden and pick up eggs that are still hot from incubation and that the vegetables are outside the kitchen door. You get used to it incredibly fast after all.
But if we go back a little bit, what did it look like before we started? - well we had a small lawn that no one used and a terrace. Very basic and very simple. We had very few plants or flowers… and we had hardly any growing knowledge .. or a little experience from when we were younger and saw our parents grow a little but no personal experience from adulthood.
But then we have this with manifestation which I believe in very much. Time and time again, it has proven to work… -What do I mean now? -yes I had started to follow people in different places in the world who created their urban cultivations and I had started to save some 'pins' on pinterest. It did not take many months before Meter Television got in touch and asked if we would apply to participate in the series 'A farm in the middle of town'. So funny how the universe / destiny delivers when you are clear about what you want.
In 6 months we have now redone our garden and become self-sufficient in a lot for several months. The list of things we have grown and received a lot of food from is quite long. Here is a little of what I'm coming up with right now:
- Salad (olive sorter)
- Tomatoes (different varieties)
- Cucumber (different varieties)
- Yellow onion
- Spring onions
- Sugar pea
- Carrots (different varieties)
- Zucchini (oil sorter)
- Pumpkin (different varieties)
- Black cabbage
- fresh coriander
- Wax bean
Even though at the time of writing it is already November and you might think that the cultivation is dormant now but that is not the case .. Right now different kinds of cabbage and winter salad are still growing in the beds and also radishes and celery to name a few. It grows in batches and during these 6 months I have grown in at least three batches in some of the beds and cabinets. When you grow in such a small area as we do, it is crucial that you grow in cycles and rounds. For example, when the early one has grown up to half, it is time to provide something else that will go down in that bed when the spinach is eaten in May-June. I sowed radish, coriander and carrots where the spinach had grown before. So you have to have a small layer of seeds that are upside down and plan a little extra when you have a small area, but it is possible if you want.
Now that we have tested one season and got to see and try it out, we know what we want to do differently next year. What we want to grow more v and what we can skip. Next season, we will skip corn and black beans, for example. They took up a lot of space but did not provide much food. On the other hand, we want to grow more vegetables that can be stored for the winter: carrots, onions, garlic, beets and even more tomatoes, of course.
We got an incredible amount of tomatoes this year, but if you, like us, want to preserve and make tomato sauce that will last for several months, we have to take in more, much more. Luckily, we have a heated greenhouse for next season so I can get started early and I have more space to cultivate on than I had last spring. So excited, already longing for next season.