Blog: New year, new vegetable garden

Spinach, peas and raspberries: the vegetable garden provides blogger Livia with hope and cheer.
Livia Franssen

It has been a while since I last wrote here. The thesis and hibernation I almost went into are practically over, and spring is just around the corner. It has been -18 degrees and + 18, and it feels as if all the seasons made a guest appearance this past month.

Now, the weather is typical of spring. The calendar indicates it is March, which means there are seedling sprouting in each windowsill in our house. They are already becoming tiny plants. The peas, radish, cauliflower and broccoli that we will be able to harvest from our vegetable garden give me hope. After a year of studying from home, I am happy that this rhythm at least is still present. The plants outside will soon start growing again, and everything will turn green. The tulips are emerging, and there are flower buds in the apple tree.

Hopefully, I will even be able to travel abroad for my studies after the summer for my final credits

It has been a long year, and I hope that more will be possible regarding studying on campus in a few weeks. Hopefully, I will even be able to travel abroad for my studies after the summer for my final credits or to graduate. Who knows? One thing that is for sure is that I will spend every weekend until then in my garden—fresh spinach in a few weeks and an abundance of peas and raspberries in April and May.

Something that will remain constant, the vegetable garden’s rhythm

Who knows if I will see the tomatoes, pumpkins and Brussel sprouts later this year, or whether it will be my housemates who enjoy them.  Whatever happens, and wherever you may study, it is nice to hold on to something that will remain constant, the vegetable garden’s rhythm.

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