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SOW A VEGETABLE SOUP

Outside it is still quite gruesome weather. What is a garden woman to do? It is still too early to prune shrubs and above all too wet. It is also too wet to dig. It is too windy to water, however it is the ideal weather to browse through garden books or place orders on the internet. 

This year I will sow vegetables myself. I only need a few empty pots, e.g. a propagation greenhouse or other suitable container in which the seeds can be spread. Afterwards a little patience is required. And love. Yes, with some love it usually works quite well.

It is best to water the soil before the seeds are sprinkled onto it, so the water does not wash away anything. After sowing, keep the soil moist but not wet. As soon as the seedlings are large enough, they can be placed into individual pots before moving to the final location. And do not forget to fertilise!

This year, I am going to sow a menu in a pot

I will choose a tomato variety, a pepper variety and a courgette variety. They can grow very well together in the same pot. All of the vegetables can be harvested continuously and be combined differently again.

Of course a classic for this would be ratatouille. But I do not like ratatouille, as it is connected with childhood memories of sitting for hours at the table: "You must eat it up!" I want to try something different. I think I would like to plant a vegetable soup in a pot. How does that sound?

I need carrots. They are available in many different varieties and I can decide what fancies me.

Of course, I will also need leek. So that I can harvest it at the same time with the rest of the vegetables, I will choose the early variety 'Bavaria'.

I need a few onion sets and stalk celery. In between, I will plant parsley for seasoning and plant 1-2 cloves of garlic. Perhaps parsnips as well? No, now I will am getting a bit excessive. It's only one pot! Make sure that you think in pot sizes.

The entire pot or, of course, several pots, can be harvested already at the end of summer. I will then cut the vegetables into cubes or roughly chop them.

Let the vegetables dry for 8 hours at 50°C overnight. After cooling, fill them into glasses and use them as a base for vegetable soup during the autumn and winter months. Spices can be added according to taste. 

Another pot can be a meal with Swiss chard and potatoes

I put seed potatoes in the ground and cover them. I will also plant Swiss chard, the colourful chard, because it’s a feast for the eyes, too! Before the potatoes can be harvested, I can harvest the Swiss chard and make delicious pesto, or I can pickle the stalks.

In both pots I will also sow leaf lettuce. Until the big vegetables grow, I can harvest the healthy lettuce all spring. I am looking forward to it!

I hope you like my idea and that it encourages you grow vegetables on your terrace or balcony. Enjoy!

Pascale Treichler

 
 
 
 

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