Green jitters around Sinterklaas – A vegetable garden starts with the De Bolster catalog

“Fortunately, we are all becoming increasingly aware of organic food. Less – or rather no – pesticides in our food! If you have a piece of land at your disposal and you get the green jitters or have had it for a long time, then creating an organic vegetable garden is only logical! But how do you start?” This is how the blog EatPureLove opens.

EatPureLove is one of the countless websites with tips and experiences about responsible vegetable gardening, great reading material before going to sleep. Cited here for that fine combination of words in the name. The pile of books on the subject is now so high that the gnomes climb on it and help at the transplanting table. After they have polished all the garden tools shiny, of course, they are ready for a new season.

Cultivation plan
The green jitters come in early winter prior to a new growing spring. What the Sinterklaas brochures are for the little ones, De Bolster’s guide is for the amateur gardener. There he flops on the doormat, Organic Seeds 2022. Curious what’s new this year! ‘Browse through more than 340 organic varieties’.

Of course, browsing doesn’t just happen randomly. There is already an idea for a cultivation plan. Not two courgettes this year, those will be monsters that will take up half the garden. And who eats all those courgettes? Besides, if you don’t watch for a few days, there are submarines under the giant leaves. Of last year’s two varieties of potatoes, the Annabelle’s were the tastiest, so we’ll be doing them* again next year. But in a different place in the garden, in terms of crop rotation.

Author’s cultivation plan

De Bolster does not have seed potatoes (we get them from Van der Wal). But hundreds of seeds of vegetables, herbs, sprouts, flowers and green manures. You need the latter if you really grow organically. You sow flowers for the flower, but primarily for the insects. De Bolster has sophisticated flower seed packets to attract the right pollinators.

Vegetable gardening is an exercise in zen. A vegetable gardener is a ‘next year person’, in the good sense

In the introduction to his seed catalogue, director Frank Vosselman refers to the consequences of climate change. “By growing organically, we contribute to counteracting this,” he writes. The question is whether all those small biological patches of soil together really help to reduce harmful gases in the atmosphere. But that doesn’t really matter for the enjoyment of the vegetable gardener. Because it is pure pleasure: growing the plants from a seed, growing them at home in the bedroom, planting out when the time comes, caring for them until harvest.

Lekkør F1
What’s new in De Bolster’s offer? Vosselman calls the gray pumpkin ‘Leckør F1’. ‘F1’ refers to the breeding program of hybrid varieties. The name ‘Leckør’ may have been coined by someone with a talent for linguistic humor. Anyway, maybe give it a try next year. With pumpkins it is a bit the same as with courgettes. You soon have too much of them and they are not that tasty.

What does make you curious is the new pole green bean ‘Sunshine’. This one has “golden yellow, slender pods. These are without wires and very tasteful.” We’re going to try that. Solid prod are broad beans, very suitable for freezing. We also tried sugar snaps once, but it didn’t turn out much.

This text was produced without input of any kind – except from the catalog – from De Bolster

Soon we will delve into the various types of peppers. The choice may fall on the
Westland Long Red. It is a gamble to plant them outside, even though the garden is very sheltered, because De Bolster’s peppers are actually intended for professional cultivation in the greenhouse. But with that climate change, the ground could just become a lot warmer.

Vegetable gardening is an exercise in zen. A vegetable gardener is a ‘person next year’, in the good sense. Looking forward to the harvest with hope and patience, then conclude that the experiment has turned out well. Without stress, but also without being able to have much influence on the process, waiting for a result whose dynamics you cannot influence, that is a beneficial experience for the modern professional. But don’t overdo it: it’s also just fun to pull a few crooked carrots from your own garden with your (grand) children.

This text was produced without input of any kind – except from the catalog – from De Bolster. The Bolster is pure, proud Dutch Glory, and that includes the production location in Moldova. There, the company is expanding the cultivation capacity of organic seeds with ‘outgrowers’, growers who produce several types of seeds for De Bolster. In addition to ambition, the company also has potential to grow in Moldova, “organic surfaces are easy to find”, according to a report in the catalog. However, the company is looking for growers with “the right fingerspitzengefühl”. Guys, what a great course, don’t all register at the same time!

Creating an organic vegetable garden is indeed only logical.

* Read for ‘we’ : ‘my wife’