An Der Ling e.V.

Community Garden

Ever since we got kids, we got bugged by the fact we do not own a garden. Or have a balcony in/at our apartment. Because of that my wife was already on the look out for our own community garden (or allotment garden, you know what I mean). Being as it may, those types of gardens can be populated by pretty narrow-minded people here in Germany. Think: a perfectly cut lawn, a german flag, garden gnomes, pristine flower beds, a large fireplace or grill and of course a luxurious set of garden chairs with matching table and parasol.

We do not really fit that profile and if we ever did get our hands on a plot we would try to live from the garden. Live as in eating, but also to just relax and enjoy it. This fall it just so happened we got our hands on a scruffy, 280 m2 large plot of land. Most of it is just grass with loads of weeds, but the stone house and the fact that it was pretty cheap made us decide to buy it and go for it.

Waste (1)
Waste (1)
Waste (2)
Waste (2)

Last few weekends were filled with trips to the landfill and tearing down most of the old stuff that we do not want to (re)use. We also got rid of the pond. If that is what you could call that hole in the ground, filled with 90% lillys and 10% sludge. Took me a good 4 hours to remove all the surrounding soil and plants and another 2 hours to hack and slash through those massive amounts of lilly roots.

Just the start…
Just the start…
One big empty pond.
One big empty pond.

The interior of the little shed did also have to go… We took out the whole old kitchen (which dated back to the beginning of 1980) and are planning to replace it with a small kitchen on the right side.

This was before …
This was before …
… and this is after.
… and this is after.

The garden itself will be build up using some permaculture principles. Mostly because that will mean less maintenance, but also because it results in a (partly) edible garden. We will still have some raised beds for annual vegetables and maybe even a small greenhouse for tomatoes, but the rest will be perennial. I just hope we don’t get in to trouble because it might look a bit “wild” and “untended”…