Oslo Garden

A blog about gardening in Oslo, Norway


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Rain and Shine

If there’s one thing about gardening, it’s that it’s dynamic and unpredictable. Today isn’t like yesterday or the same time last year. So you’d better be ready to react and problem solve! Way back in February, did anyone really believe the meteorologists’ forecast of a wet summer…? Surely they’d be wrong this time? Well, as it turns out so far their predictions have come to fruition. These past two weeks have been on the soggy side. The wettest May in 50 years!

20150528_154158It may feel sometimes frustrating when the weather is less than ideal but when it’s wet outside, there’s time to focus indoors. I’ve sown some flower seeds: Aquilegia and Antirrhinum (Løvemunn in Norwegian) which will be great for bees and other pollinating insects plus provide lovely cut flowers. My neighbour gave me some old Cosmos, Lavender and mint seeds that had been gathering dust in her shed. These seeds were out of date by three years but incredibly many of the Cosmos seeds have germinated already. It just goes to show, you have nothing to lose but just a handful of soil  if you just give it a go.

Outside, having a container garden means it’s possible at least to move pots out of incessant rain. However, there may still be a few casualties. For me, it’s been my strawberries that Continue reading

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