Berlin is a very green city, much more leafy and park-filled than NYC. But in every urban metropolis, finding your own patch of earth to cultivate can be difficult. I though about asking the landlady for real estate within her troll garden in the courtyard of our building, but Christian dissuaded me. I tried to convince him to build a flower box but we are on the fourth floor and a strong wind might lead to serious injury and destruction. Finally, we decided on three big clay pots to put in the sunniest part of the apartment. From left to right: basil, chives and kresse, sort of a mustardy watercress sprout:
But of course what I really want to grow requires much more space, so I’ve joined a community garden in Prenzlauerberg called the Kiezgarden. There are no individual beds there, so all of the gardening and harvesting is done communally. However, even my initial visit yielded a surprisingly large harvest of red-tinged salad greens, mizuna, an array of various mints and several herbs that were new to me, such as Liebstöckel.
My first work day at the garden is this Saturday, and there’s already support for planting and growing the plant I miss the most so far -kale. I can’t find it anywhere here, and it was a staple of my diet in NYC. Perhaps kale doesn’t grow here, but I’m willing to give it a try.
So who of my US friends will now send me some kale seeds so that we can get this experiment started?