Journal of work in Proeftuin Meerhoven in 2021

Posted on za 08 januari 2022 in blog

Since mid 2017 I have been involved with gardening at the Proeftuin Meerhoven in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. This is a community garden maintained by volunteers in the neighborhood adjoining ours. We use the space with approval from the local council. The harvest from this garden has supplemented our lunches and dinners with many freshly grown vegetables and a few berries.

I do not been keeping meticulous records. What you see here is pieced together from e-mails, notes in my bullet journal and the spreadsheet I keep of incoming groceries from buying in the shops, harvesting in our gardens and foraging in the wild.

Winter 2020/2021 (December, January, February)

Harvest

  • winter purslane / winterpostelein

Plant

  • cutting of Japanese wineberry 14x
  • cutting of raspberry 36x
  • seedling of Japanese wineberry 1x
  • seedling of raspberry 6
  • cutting of thornless bramble 20x
  • cutting of tayberry 12x
  • seedling of yellow raspberry 2x
  • cutting of yellow raspberry 30x
  • cutting of hazel 15x
  • cutting of willow (unknown amount)
  • cutting of elaeagnus 4x

Sow

  • parsnip
  • pea
  • chard

Infrastructure

  • repair hedge

Spring 2021 (March, April, May)

Harvest

  • winter purslane / winterpostelein
  • asparagus / asperge

Plant

  • mint near peach sapling

Summer 2021 (June, July, August)

Harvest

  • potato / aardappel (10kg)
  • endive / andijvie (0.1kg)
  • zucchini / courgette (12kg)
  • pea / doperwt (0.25kg)
  • cucumber / komkommer (6kg)
  • garden orache / tuinmelde (0.25kg)
  • pumpkin / pompoen (1.5kg)
  • rhubarb / rabarber (0.25kg)
  • red currants / rode bes (0.25kg)
  • onion / ui (0.25kg)
  • chard / snijbiet (0.5kg)
  • green bean / spercieboon (1kg)
  • cabbage / spitskool (1kg)
  • turnip / stoppelknol (1.5kg)
  • broad bean / tuinboon (3kg)

Infrastructure

  • repair container after vandalism
  • remove (broken) wine bottles used for decoration
  • mow grass around saplings with sickle

Fall 2021 (September, October, November)

Sow

  • seeds from apple
  • seeds from pear
  • seeds from prune

Harvest

  • potato / aardappel (4kg)
  • nettle seeds / brandnetelzaad (0.5kg)
  • zucchini / courgette (1.5kg)
  • cucumber / komkommer (2kg)
  • cabbage leaf / koolblad (1kg)
  • mustard seed / mosterdzaad (0.25kg)
  • parsnip / pastinaak (0.5kg)
  • pumpkin / pompoen (16kg)
  • spinach / spinazie (0.75kg)
  • turnip / stoppelknol (0.25kg)
  • onion / ui (0.5kg)

Plant

  • cuttings and seedlings of raspberry (early and late varieties)
  • cuttings and seedlings of tayberry (hedge)
  • cuttings and seedlings of willow (hedge)
  • cuttings of currants
  • seedlings of thornless bramble (hedge)
  • seedlings of Japanese wineberry
  • seedling of hazelnut
  • seedling of mulberry

Infrastructure

  • add fertilizer to saplings
  • hedge laying willow
  • repair hedge