My very first ride, cycling through West Africa, I met with two Irish brothers. One of them was fascinated by cultivating soil. I had no interest in that, as long as I could eat veggies it was enough for me. Years later, still the same cycling journey, I was hosted by a couple in Patagonia who’d built a greenhouse. By then I was much more interested in growing vegetables, or, as they did, accommodate ginger in the warmth of Patagonian short summers.
And now I am fully into the magical process of sowing, growing and learning the natural. I am afraid it will keep me longer off the road than I want to. This is not about greenhouse cultivation but about little extra’s with great benefits you can gain while cycle touring.
So, I am into new things and the new things I am into might profit you as a cyclist as well. It has still all to do with nature, there where you cycle through and past and in my case, had no knowledge neither a clue about. I still have extremely little knowledge but am super eager to change that. The findings I do will be listed below.
I hope to inspire you, to hop off the bicycle, standing still, checking out the place you are in and searching for a plant or a place to camp while you’re at it, makes you much more realize and truly see where you are.
A short update
The time has come to learn new practises, to find out how to grow, how to sustain and how to keep living the outdoor lifestyle. Post 1
The little Dutch farmer
Starting anew, not just passing through in the best season, but staying, growing and nurturing in new ways. How is it to learn that what our grandparents did on a daily basis? Post 2
It’s all about food
This is not a guide how to grow veggies, there are enough of those. This is about failures, realizations and the learned when starting something new: the self-sustainable way of living in the countryside of Hungary. Post 3
The juggling housewife
In the full swing of growing, harvesting and preserving. Not much energy from outside my veggie garden enters my system: We are, kind of like, fully self reliant now! Post 4
Travel & Food: a happy marriage
The beauty of growing (part of) your own food is more than just healthy, it is beauty to the eye and rapture to the senses. It is hard work too. A visual reconnection with traveling the world because food is life. Post 5
Swimming against the current
A year of new, the beginning of permaculture and its results. It wore me out and at the same time I am overwhelmed by the results. Post 6
Elder is a treasure from nature. The tick clusters of deep purple berries are an inviting sight to aggravate your
work load cycle trip in summer. More…
Sumac is beautiful and it took me time to figure out you can eat it. How many people know this? Well, once you know, you’ll keep using it. More…
How to dry goldenrod (for tea)
This hot herbal tea is simply tasting good, though it will act as a diuretic and antiseptic for treating mild bladder infections. More…
Goldenrod corn bread
Simply another sort of bread, just to add more variety. Sweet and a surprisingly good way to use yet more goldenrod. More…
Goldenrod infused honey
Goldenrod has anti-inflammatory benefits, yet the wonderful taste is reason enough to use this weed in a honey. More…
A syrup to relieve a cough in the colder months, though I use it in sparkling water and as a substitute for expensive maple syrup. More…
Nettle syrup is so delicious that you just want to drink cold drinks. For a teetotaler this is a nice change in hot sweaty summer days. More…
Nettle leaf powder
Nettle, is that a super-food or not? It tastes super and it is healthy: green leaves that cleanse the body. Easy to make at home & bring on the ride More…
Dandelion root drink
Dandelions are highly nutritious, being especially rich in potassium, iron, calcium, vitamins A and C and other minerals. Drink it as a coffee or tea. More…
Carob, that remarkable and large pod hanging on trees is super-food packed with antioxidants. John the baptist knew this, now I do too. More…
I retain the soil connection: the transition from a cyclist to something totally different might have gone slow but spectaculair. I have come to feel like a little piranha in a warm pond full with lilies blossoming.
Does an old fashioned vacation works when you have embraced the farmer’s lifestyle? Let’s see how December makes us warm somewhere warmer.