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happymarionhappymarion Posts: 4,591
Awww, it was the same for my sister gardening in Edmonton in Canada, James. It was amazing how much they could grow in their very short three months without snow and freezing weather. And the lack of flavour in the veg. they could grow was astonishing. They grew runner beans just for the nectar from the flowers for the humming birds as they were too tasteless to eat. Potatoes were planted on a heap of compost. But the scene of miles of daffodils blooming in Dr.Zhivago is unforgettable.


  • Wow! We have the opposite extreme here! Living in Tanzania, we are testing a keyhole gardens to then demonstrate and teach in rural communities with little water and very hot temperatures! But getting the kids involved and all learning lots!
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,957

    It may ring more bells than you think - my daughter in law comes from the Urals - the part of Russia where Europe and Asia meet - they are used to cold winters and warm summers.  She tells me how easy it is to grow wonderful tomatoes in the family allotment which is in the charge of her Babushka (grandmother).  Her aunt is a professional garden designer.  I hope to visit the area sometime next year and am really looking forward to seeing their gardens and the plants that they grow there image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • My friend in Belarus took me to his grans house, Shes over 90, grows food in a communial type allotment, no chemicals used t all. My god the veg was enormous and so so tasty !
  • galestgalest Posts: 59
    I live in Hungary where we can have up to 3ft of snow in one go - this year altogether 6ft as it was a bad winter.As soon as one lot started to go another lot came down but I cant say I have any trouble with evergreens as long as I go out and shake at least half the snow off. The only plant that really suffers is Lavender as the stems arnt strong enought to take the weight of 3 or 4 ft of snow.

    However we do have fantastic Springs the temp for the past 5 wks have quickly jumped from 0 up to 82 and usually the frosts have gone by the end of March so unless we have a freak cold snap when the fruit trees are in flower we get good crops of fruit. All my veg garden is planted that includes toms and cucumbers as if I leave it any later the ground will be to hard to plant anything due to it being so hot from June to August. So for all we have rotten Winters Spring and Autumn are usually lovely and warm so I can be out from the end of March till almost the end of November. I must also say there is a part of Russia near the Black Sea that never get any frosts or minus temps so not all of Russia is covered in snow.
  • pashpash Posts: 109


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