Veggie garden

We have a veggie garden, that is 40 meters long and 15 meters wide field. 19 rows in total. Don’t know if the word “row” is the right one, but check the picture below. If there is another word how to call this – let me now in the comments below!

Why in rows!?

Simply Latvians don’t know another way to grow things! At least not in my family, nor Janis. We don’t do raised beds or pots. If someone grows potatoes in pots – we smile, cause Latvians have enough land to grow, even in cities – there is an option to rent a plot!

Since we bought an old house with a huge plot – more than 7ha (more than 17 acres), and previous owner cultivated such a big piece of land for potatoes and carrots, we decided to stick with the same size, but be clever and grow almost every veggie we can grow in our climate.


Will skip all the sowing and planting I did starting late February, and get to the gardening. We have clay soil so there will be a lot to do to improve it, and maybe we will end up having raised beds :).

But for this year we have rows and yesterday we hoed two – onions! Now they are starting to show their greens. Nelle loved doing it and we used super old hoes we found in the old house!

Onions – done! Best hoes are old ones ๐Ÿ™‚

Both were happy to see onions free from weeds ๐Ÿ™‚

Actually there are a lot to share, don’t know where to start.


11 thoughts on “Veggie garden

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      Hi Ilze,
      Nice to see you back. I havenโ€™t written my blog for over a year. Wasnโ€™t quite sure what I wanted to share. Maybe Iโ€™ll get back to it too. Happy gardening!

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        I was in the same situation. But then I decided to do it “for me” and if it gets too “personal” I can close the blog for public viewers… What I’m saying – if you want to share, do it! ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you do!

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      What a nice piece of land you have! Please do share many more updates. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Good for you, there is nothing better for the soul than a connection with the land.

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        I’m connected all the time, since living in countryside, but this close – gardening – can’t remember my last time. I bet it was with grandmother. I love it (also weeding) … hope it will stay that way!

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      Furrow – that’s a translation I found for latvian “vaga”. ๐Ÿ™‚ Which equipment do You use to make furrows? Do You have a tractor or rent one for the work? Or maybe You do it the old way – with a horse and plough? I’m curious. ๐Ÿ™‚ And I’m really happy to read Your posts!

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        Vaga is the right word so Furrow! Horse would be nice, but non of the neighbors have horses anymore. Father in law did it with old Belaruss tractor. He did it for his field and also for us. The thing is – our property border crosses his, so no far away – we are neighbors ๐Ÿ™‚

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      It all looks really โ€˜professionalโ€™.
      Last time I did hoeing was something like 20 years ago in Romanian, when I was amazed by Romanians who did it every day from first light till dusk, every day until harvest. I guess it will be similar in Latvia.
      I found just one day exhausting.
      Itโ€™s great Nelle enjoys it so can be a lot of help.

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        Yes, but you might know how kids are, one day they love it – another hate it! I hope we stay in between whit this, cause helping hand would be nice! The same in latvia till solstice – every single plant and row and field should be done before solstice ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, field gets greener after rain. I just went to open the greenhouse and… OMG – a lot to hoe ๐Ÿ™‚

    • […] Also, don’t know the English term of what father-in-law did in our garden yesterday. But it “refreshes” rows and stops weeds from growing. If you know the word – let me know! You can compare how the rows looked day before, by clicking here. […]

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