Weekend Coffee Share – Week 7

Welcome to a new coffee share hosted by our gracious host Natalie. Can I get you a cup of coffee? Or tea? Hot chocolate? 

We’ve had a warm week and I think you know what that makes me think about..yes, you are right – GARDENING! There is still snow outside my window, but March is approaching fast and it’s soon time to start planting some seeds. This year I have a greenhouse/balcony and I will be able to start my container gardening much sooner than last year. I am visualising growing plenty of vegetables vertically. The balcony is 180 sq ft, and the glass walls are 8’10 high. I already have closer to 30 big, sturdy, black planting pots that I invested in last year. I have many seeds in my seed collection that I am planning on growing, but I also ordered two new varieties of tomato seeds today. 

This is the entrance to my balcony, from my living room. Now you have a visual of the area where I am planning my container garden this year.

I am trying to think about what vegetables we eat the most of in our family, and grow them. Tomato is the number one vegetable we eat. We eat the tomatoes warm right of the wine throughout the summer, we make pizza sauce, and I use it as a base in many soups and stews the whole year. It makes sense to grow a lot of tomatoes. Cucumber is another vegetable we eat. I like to have cucumber in salads, and on my sandwiches. My daughter loves pickles. 

I also use winter squash, zucchini and bell-pepper in my soups and stews, so it makes sense to have some of that as well. Celery is something we all enjoy to eat raw as a snack. I freeze the celery greens and use it in many dishes. I like using fresh herbs when I cook, and the herbs we use the most are basil, oregano, thyme, and cilantro they are must haves in the garden. I have a big sage plant that are surviving the winter out on the balcony right now, I like to make tea out of fresh sage. Tea is my main use for sage, I only rarely use it in food. 

The only plants in my container garden today (February 2021.) Sage plant to the left in the photo. The other two pots are fig trees.

I am planning on having a few big pots with the three sisters; corn, beans, and squash. I have never grown corn in pots, or in Sweden before, so that will be an experiment. My squash and beans did great in pots last year. I have two young fig trees in pots that I am going to have in front of the shortest wall at the balcony, that is the wall next to the door, and it has a window towards the living room. I think fig leaves are very beautiful to look at. I am visualising the tallest crops, that can grow vertically growing closest to the glass walls, having a net made out of burlap for extra support (doesn’t take a lot of space, eco friendly, sustainable and cheap.) 

I will have another row of pots inside them, with enough room for the sun to shine on all the plants, in this row I will place low growing/bushy plants. I might have the herbs in this row, and most likely some salad greens (I love kale.) One wall of the balcony is a plain wall, with a small window (towards my daughter’s room) high up, I am going to place some typ of furniture here, so that we can enjoy the space. 

My daughter really wants strawberries, and olive trees, we’ll see if there is room left..I’ll probably find some space for strawberries as they do great hanging as well, the olive trees… well, we’ll see about them. There are bushes that would do well in this space, and that I really would enjoy having, but I want to see how this turns out first. This country girl that is currently stuck in the city, is actually super excited about gardening this year 🙂 

Why don’t I get you a refill on your beverage, and then you’ll tell me about your plans for this spring! Do you have any gardening plans? Places you long to see? I hope you are enjoying a fabulous weekend 🙂

Love,

Maria

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It’s all about experiences, and the healing power of nature. Life is about choosing happiness. I entered the magic world of photography when I was five years old. My gypsy soul have taken me to many different countries, and definitely taught me to be more humble. I believe that you are what you eat, body and soul. I enjoy growing my own food, and spending time outdoors. A Sagittarius loves to travel, have an open mind and, and a philosophical view. It motivates them to wander around the world in search of the meaning of life. Sagittarius is extrovert, optimistic and enthusiastic, and likes changes. A lot of that perfectly describes me. The fact that my ancestors, on both parents sides, were vikings, doesn’t exactly lessen my desire to explore. Maybe a slightly more mindful exploring, compared to the average viking. My blog, and my art prints is a results of my (inner and outer) explorations. Love, Maria

52 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share – Week 7

  1. I love gardening. We are in a new home this year so I am not sure where to lay out my garden yet. I never have any luck with tomatoes, but I do great with hot peppers. I want to grow zucchini and green bean. I hope your container garden does very well!

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    1. So happy to hear about your interest for gardening! That is awesome. I moved in December so my gardening spot is new as well, on paper it is better than last year, so I have high hopes.
      There are a few things to think about when it comes to tomatoes; They do like water, but not overwatering. They want tons of sun. Many people plant too many plants in a small area/small pot. They want space, otherwise they cannot get all the nutrition they need to grow big roots and healthy plants. I’ve noticed that crushed eggshells mixed in the soil, and on top of the soil makes the plants happy. So does the occasional dose of coffee grounds on top of the soil (not close to the stem.) I wish you the best of luck with your gardening this year ❤ Please post photos of your projects in your coffee shares, I'd love to see and read about it 🙂

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  2. I love that you are thinking ahead to the spring! Ah yes, the garden. I wrote a story with a garden this week…it must be on my mind as well.
    Thank you for the coffee! It is always nice to chat with you.

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  3. Sounds like great plans for indoor contain container garden! Looking out of the window at the deep snow, it is hard to think of spring, but with the longer and longer hours of day light, yes, it is just around the corner, so I can see why you would be thinking of your garden.

    Hope you have a great week!

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  4. Maria, I’m excited for you. With your balcony size and sunlight, you can grow a lot of useful plants in your container garden. I love gardening, too. In previous years, I traveled frequently so I didn’t grow anything (no one to take care of the plants). Maybe this spring-summer I’ll grow a small number of plants (tomatoes, green and red peppers). Thank you for your coffee share. Have a great coming week!

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  5. Maria, you have a wonderful place for gardening, nice! So much light in there. I look forward to your photos of your garden as it grows. Over here, it’s been windy and sunny mostly, 59 and sunny today, 72 Tuesday. Stay warm! ❤️🇸🇪

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  6. Wow, I’m envious you have such a large greenhouse. I bought a small greenhouse last year, hoping to house my flowers and veggies so they may survive the winter. It didn’t work. My plants died the moment the temperature dropped below freezing. Thanks for the coffee and enjoy gardening.

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    1. Thank you, I am excited as this will be the first year I am having a garden here at this spot. Best of luck with your garden this year. Do you have any specific plans about what you are going to grow this spring? Have a great new week!

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            1. Then it will be! Last year was the first year my peppers really thrived, before that they were just OK. One of the things I did different was mixing banana peels and eggshells into the soil before planting the seeds, and I covered the pot with a plastic bag that had holes in it until it was really warm outside. Peppers like it really warm.

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  7. I Love your balcony, so much room and it got me thinking about no bugs and other critters that can eat or hamper gardens! Since it’s all enclosed, that’s a plus! You are definitely an inspiration. I so enjoy reading all about your garden adventures!! I haven’t decided yet about my garden, trying to get motivated. 😊 Thank you for the coffee too! ❤️🤠

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    1. Thank you Diana! For being in the city, and in a rental, I don’t think it could get much better. I am very happy about this space. I know we will spend a lot of time there.
      There are so many gardening channels to get inspired by on YouTube. Are you following any good ones? Have a wonderful new week my friend ❤

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  8. Ikm glad to hear that you too can start your gardening plans! But is your balcony insulated and warm enough to plant seeds so early?
    I’ve also been making garden plans today, the weather was quite good, after a quite miserable week. I’m planning to move around a lot of plants this year. When you move to a new country, gardening isn’t what you’re used to, you don’t know how certain plants will behave, and I’m also trying to create a bee & insect friendly garden. The first two years here have been a bit of trial and error so now I have different plans for the garden this year. My husband is building a small greenhouse too, so it’ll be an exciting year in the garden!

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    1. My balcony is not insulated, but have thicker glass panels than the glass that regular houses has in the US, it is made for our climate. I am planning on starting my seeds indoors, and putting them out on the balcony by the mid/end of April, depending on the weather. It could be in the 70’s outside by the end of April, and warmer at a sunny balcony of course, it does heat up pretty fast. I’ll get the seedlings used to being outside a few hours at a time, later on only taking them in only at night, and when the temperatures are over 50F at night, I’ll leave them out 24/7.
      A new area is always a trial and error experiment, part of the fun, right 🙂 Best of luck with your garden 🙂

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  9. That is definitely an exciting garden space, Maria. Do the windows have screens? How is the wind there? With your long summer days, it would to be fabulous for plants, I would think.
    I’ve only planted Viola seeds, still waiting for germination, which can take up to a month. I don’t start much inside, preferring to wait to direct sow or buying starts from a local grower.
    It is hard to believe that spring is just a month away – it will be here before we know it! Already the sun is strong, warming us on sunny days. Yay!

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    1. Thank you Eliza, I think so too. The windows are individual panels that all can be opened, and they each have individual shade curtains that can be pulled down. I probably have some of the shades halfway down during the hottest part of the day, during really hot days. There is not a lot of wind, more light breezes. It’s a great sun exposure, 8+ hours of sun every day. I usually direct sow herbs, but not vegetables. Since I have limited space it’s convenient to start them inside. The garden centers rarely have interesting varieties here. I like organic heirloom ones, and have saved many of my favourites throughout the years in my very own seed bank. Almost spring 🙂 I cannot wait to see your beautiful flowers. Have a great new week my friend. ❤

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  10. There is always room for strawberries & Olive trees, lol. I can just picture your balcony when it’s lush & full of all produce. It looks like a great space with a beautiful view like you have in the background it will be perfect. It will be so nice for you to get your hands in the dirt again, once a country gal always a country gal. Have a wondeful productive week ahead.

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  11. Hi Maria, I always greatly admire people who like to garden. Not my thing. Happy my husband likes to garden. It sounds like you know what you are doing. And you have an area with natural light. I have yet to meet a child who does not like pickles. I can feel your passion and excitement about gardening. Thank you for sharing.

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  12. I am hoping to do some container gardening this year. I had a wonderful garden for a few years, but then my neighbors moved taking their dogs (who scared the deer) and the deer came and feasted on my goodies. So I started doing container gardens off my porch. I have had fairly good success, and would like to do more of it. I need to track down more containers.

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  13. Hello Maria,
    First of all I would like to say what a fantastic blog you have! Feeling a bit like a stalker I have read through many of your old blog posts and in doing so I have encountered the most gorgeous of pictures, mainly from your time in the US. What a treat! Thank you for sharing such magnificent scenery.
    I hope you do not mind this lengthy comment but I found your blog through Anne-Marie in Weed, CA and I remember now that she had mentioned you before but it took me a while to connect the dots, and especially since you are now living in Sweden.
    As I read through your blog I realized that we have a lot in common: We have both lived in the US for example. I have like you, among other places, lived in California (Monterey and San Diego and my parents in law lived in Auburn, now in Rocklin). Furthermore I have family in Truckee California and recognize many of the places in your picture. I moved to the US when I was in my early twenties and moved to Sweden when I was 40 years old with my two children who have an American father. However I eventually moved back to California for a while but is now back in Sweden full time since 2015. Like you I was fortunate to have the children’s father approve of me bringing the children to Sweden.
    Here the similarities continues: I am a teacher, have a German Shepard, and low and behold I am from Mora in Dalarna, where I also live now, and a Sagittarious as well 🙂 Imagine that!
    I actually believe that I am currently in some kind of existential crises where I am questioning our way of live. Therefore your blog resonates with me and moves me a lot as you write about minimalism, simplicity, living life with intention rather than with tons of stuff etc. I have gone from being a materialistic shopaholic to decluttering life as much as possible and I am right now questioning a life spent running in the Hamster wheel and how we could potentially live more on less. I hope I do not sound strange but that you understand what I mean.
    Anyways, I just wanted to reach out and say hello and that I really enjoy your blog!
    How do you like life in Sweden compared to your life in the US?
    Kind regards from Mora,
    Anneli
    https://theswedishlakehouse.blogspot.com/

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    1. Great meeting you here Anneli, and wow, we do have a lot in common! I was born in Mora, but live in Falun now. I read the post you wrote this morning, and I agree with many of the things you said. “We”, everyone are really busy, too busy. I can relate working full-time and being a mom of two that when the weekends comes around there is a lot of catching up to do; laundry, meal prep, cleaning, and not seldom some work leftovers as well, and after that the important rest. I know that I need to do this for a few more years, but not forever. I have a long winter and summer break every year, allowing me some time to breath. Maybe after Covid we’ll have a coffee in real life? That would be fun 🙂 Have a fabulous Saturday!
      //Maria

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  14. Fabulous area for an indoor garden, Maria, and with your green thumb you will have plenty! We may not even get into our house until late March if we are lucky, but once there we can get started at least planting trees. Hans eventually wants to build a small greenhouse.

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    1. I bet late March, or early April is the perfect time to plant trees in your area. What are you planning on planting? We planted our first vegetables seeds in the window sill this morning. I understand that you are eager to get into your new house, who wouldn’t be 🙂 I hope you are enjoying a beautiful weekend my friend ❤

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    1. Thank you Gary! I am trying to roll with life and make the best of it wherever I am. Life is good. I bet California is absolutely beautiful now. Are the cherry trees in bloom yet? I planted some squash this morning and thought about your squash 🙂 I hope you are enjoying a great weekend. The weeks are so busy now that I barely have time to open my blog during the weeks, but I enjoy it the more in the weekend,

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  15. I have no gardening plans other than try to keep it tidy!
    There’s places I want to see but that’s all in the lap of the Gods at the moment with all of this Covid business.
    If we are able to travel in December (which is way in the middle of virus resurgence territory) I was planning to go to Paris for my 50th. 50th 😱

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