Creating and maintaining a cottage garden is no art if you know the basics. We give tips and explain why Bloombux is the star of the farm garden.
Planting a cottage garden: How to make the garden dream come true
Creating a farm garden and enjoying a bit of self-sufficiency is a long-cherished dream for many. Not only because such a garden provides fresh vegetables almost all year round. The classic home garden also exudes a touch of romance with its structured wildness and the juxtaposition of flowers, useful plants and herbs. But what belongs in a cottage garden and what options do I have if I want to create a small cottage garden for myself as a city dweller? Answers to these and other questions can be found here. You can also find out why the Bloombux plays a central role.
A brief history of the cottage garden
As the word suggests, the basic principle of the farmer's garden originated in the countryside. In addition to earning a living by growing grain, turnips or potatoes, the countrywomen cultivated other plants near the house. These were to cover the family's needs. These included aromatic and medicinal herbs, vegetables and various types of fruit. Since some "animal inhabitants" were also interested in the delicacies in the garden, the greenery was enclosed with a fence. So much for the "real" house garden of the 18th and 19th centuries. However, its form, now called classical, is more similar to the monastery or apothecary gardens of the time. In 1913, a peasant garden was laid out for the first time in the Hamburg Botanical Garden, which combined the peasant house garden and structured monastery garden into a "typical" peasant garden. Among other things, our present idea is based on this suggestion of how to create a typical peasant garden.
Create a farm garden: More than a question of square metres
How big should a cottage garden be? There is no set number of square metres that it necessarily needs. Whether you want to cultivate four or more beds is entirely up to you and the space you have. However, you should have at least enough space to create four sufficiently large beds. More is always possible.
Do you live in the city and want to create a miniature cottage garden but don't have enough outdoor square metres? Then simply join forces with a few gardening-enthusiastic neighbours and start your own urban gardening project! Somewhere in the neighbourhood there is always a piece of green that wants to be "kissed awake". Or you can rent an allotment garden nearby. The size of the plots is usually ideal for creating a small farm garden there.
Create a cottage garden: Ideas and tips
In a classic cottage garden, strong-, medium- and weak-growers are cultivated in alternation. This ensures that the yield is successful throughout the year and can be planted steadily without draining the soil. Within this framework, you can design freely and according to your personal taste. For example, do you love peppers, tomatoes, courgettes, cucumbers or melons? Then place them in the bed for heavy growers when planting a cottage garden. Weak growers include radishes, peas, rocket and lamb's lettuce. Plant strawberries, carrots, fennel, kohlrabi, beetroot and most lettuces in the mid-range bed. The fourth bed is reserved for herbs and perennials such as rhubarb, asparagus or strawberries. Between all the tasty plants, there is always room for flowers. Marigolds, for example, or vetches, the watering heart and, of course, roses are all part of the cottage garden.
Life, an eternal circle: also when planting a farm garden.
To ensure that you not only successfully plant a cottage garden but also enjoy a bountiful harvest, our suggestion is based on the principle of field farming. Rotate the planting every year. In this way, the strong earner bed becomes the weak earner bed and vice versa. Every few years, plant only mallow, rape or sunflowers in the mid-range bed so that it recovers. The same applies to the other beds.