Ah, today's garden was such a treat for me to see and read about, confirming my feelings that gardening connects us. Despite differences in our geography or language! Finding joy in growing food for our families, and learning patience and mindfulness from the act of doing so - these things we all share in common. I hope you enjoy this peek today.
Welcome to Marina's garden!
Garden Location and Zone: The highlands (~1000 m above mean sea level) on the south of Serbia, zone 6.
Garden Size: 20x10 m piece for main garden and 40 trees and plants scattered throughout the full 20 hectare area.
How long have you been gardening? It's the second year after our moving to Serbia and three years of «balcony gardening» before it.
I love growing the free food, watching the plants and experimenting. As a child I liked to spend time in the garden of my grandparents, the house of my mother was always filled with flowers, I can't help falling in love with gardening! A few years ago I became interested in permaculture and then we moved from Moscow to a Serbian village where all my ideas can embodied.
Where do you go for gardening inspiration?
I like to visit our neighbors which have rich experience in growing plants. In Serbia all people love their gardens and many of them are trying to engage in organic farming. All this gardens are very nice and tidy, all vegetables growing in neat rows and a variety of flowers and trees impresses with its diversity.
I read books and other resources about permaculture mainly in Russian. Also you can find a lot of useful information on gardening forums but most of all I like movies by Geoff Lawton.
What’s your biggest gardening challenge?
As it turned out, it is one thing is to know the theory and the other is the practical gardening. Here in the mountains is very harsh climate: strong winds from the sea and the difference between daytime and night temperatures can be 30° C (from 40° to 10°). Also we have a lot of cruciferous flea beetles that I'm trying to fight with any available methods. The magpies peck tomatoes and pumpkins, the underground living greater mole-rat eat our vegetables! Overall my fight for the harvest looks like a real struggle but I'm not going to give up.
I am inspired by my pumpkin, there are a lot of them, they have a wide variety of grades and grow well. But most of all I love to grow medicinal herbs, collect new varieties and species to study their process with health benefits.
I have two little boys, three and four and a half years old. They like to help me in every way! They watered the plants, transferred the seedli
Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about your garden?
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Thank you, Marina, for sharing your garden!
(If you'd like to share your garden with us this season, send me an email for more details. We'd love to visit!)