SPRING IN GERMANY BY THELMA ALBERTS

Spring in Germany by Thelma Alberts

At last Spring is here again. Winter time has passed but the cold weather is still coming on and off. The weather has changed a lot in the 3 decades that I live here in Germany. In the 80´s and 90´s, Winter time was always freezing cold and snow was almost everywhere but last winter was not the normal one that we had. One day it was freezing, the other day was like Spring.

Speaking about Spring season, do you love it? When the breeze of the air is mild and the chirping of the birds are all around you. Sometimes in the city park where I passed by going to work, I could see birds hopping on the still “naked” trees, from one branch to the other. Some plants have started showing their leaves. Some, just awaken from their winter sleep.

Spring time is cleaning time. Not only the so called Spring cleaning inside the house but outside the house as well. The patio, the garden or maybe just a small terrace nook with flower pots for those who have no garden. I only have a small terrace for my flower plants  here in Germany  that is why I miss my huge garden in my home in the Philippines. Well, we can´t have everything we want, can we?  Anyway, even if I only have a terrace for my flower plants, I am still excited thinking what to plant for Spring.

How To Create An Instant Balcony Garden For Spring

Not all of us are lucky to have a garden but as a nature and plants lover, one can find a way to create a special place where one can sit and enjoy the beauty of the beautiful flowers in the flower pots and hanging planters. Here´s how I do it.

  1. Prepare the flower pots and  hanging planters with garden soil.

2.     Buy some Spring flowers from the nursery garden, flower shops or in an open market in your town or city.

3.     Plant the Spring flowers like tulips, daffodils or crocus in your hanging terrace/balcony planters.

4.     Besides using the rectangular hanging planters for your terrace, you can use hanging baskets, terracotta planters and flower pots in many colorful shapes and colors.

5.     If you still have space in your balcony, put a small table with 2 or more chairs for you to sit. Enjoy reading, writing, eating or drinking tea or coffee at your cozy balcony. Eating breakfast or brunch in your balcony surrounded with your beautiful scented plants is one of the best things you can do for the day.

6.     Create an atmosphere in your balcony garden where you can spend a wonderful time when you are in your creativity mood in painting, knitting or writing.

Thelma’s beautiful garden created with her bare hands

Preparing the Garden for Spring

Having a garden of your own where you can plant what you desire to have is awesome. Well, for me it is. As I don´t have a garden here, I just imagine that my beautiful garden in the Philippines is situated in Germany, a walking distance from where I live, where I can dig the soil and get my hands dirty. Yes, I love making my hands dirty and it is there in the garden where I get ideas what to write for my blogs. It is in my garden where I behave like a child, chasing the butterflies and birds quietly with my old camera (now I have a smartphone to do that). It´s also the place where some people might think that I am crazy because I talk to my plants but I don´t care as I would not even notice the people around me.

Here´s how I prepare my garden for Spring:

1.     Tidying and clearing the garden beds, pots and borders from dead plants and weeds.

2.     Raking the garden soil beds lightly.

3.     Planning what flowers, herbs and vegetables to plant.

4.     Buying the flower seeds, bulbs, herbs and ready to plant flowers and vegetables.

5.     Sowing the seeds of a longer season plants for the garden.

6.     Make a compost area where I can gather the leaves, weeds and grass.

7.     Having a cupboard full of gardening tools.

8.     A water hose or bucket for watering the plants.

Tools needed for gardening:

·        Rake

·        Garden scissors

·        Pruners or garden knife

·        Wheelbarrow

·        Soil scooper

·        Trowel

·        Garden fork

·        Garden gloves

·        Spade

·        Bucket or pail

Flowers to plant are: Crocus, Pansy, Daffodils, Tulips, Azalea, Rhododendron, Hyacinth, Primrose, Lilly of the Valley, Lilac, Peonies, Lilac, Iris, Snowflake, etc…

Herbs to plant are:  Parsley, Cilantro, Chives, Thyme, Marjoram, Oregano, Basil and Peppermint.

Fruits to plant are: Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries

Vegetables to plant are: Lettuce, Tomatoes, Carrots, Cucumber, Cabbage, Potatoes, Bell peppers

Thelma Alberts is a stay-at-home Wellness Massage Therapist, a blogger and a writer.
Born Filipina, married for 39 years to Lothar Alberts, a Weseler artist whom she shares a child. She lives in two different countries, the Philippines and Germany.
She is passionate about writing, traveling, gardening and baking.
She writes almost 10 years on Hubpages and has published 119 articles.

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