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Strolling, strolling and paying full attention to the natural beauty, more and more guests bathe in our vegetable garden. The vegetable garden stimulates the senses with everything there is to see, hear, feel, taste and pick. Before our guests start picking or cutting the huge crop of spinach, tat soi, endive and sugar snap peas, they are amazed. The garden is a true oasis. In this blog we tell you everything about vegetable garden baths, we harvest our own sugar snaps, we share a recipe with radishes and we give you a short update of our vegetable garden.

Vegetable garden baths: what is it anyway?

Vegetable garden bathing is derived from 'forest bathing'. This concept originated in Japan in the XNUMXs and it involves moving yourself very consciously and slowly through the forest. It is a meditative form of connecting with nature. “Walking through the vegetable garden after a hard day's work, I voluntarily got lost in fifty shades of green, 'tasted' the fresh air and forgot the time for a moment. Later on, when I was fully charged on the couch, I thought to myself: this was a real vegetable garden pool.” According to Katja Le Clercq.

June was a perfect month for our crops

Our vegetable garden is such a green oasis: beautiful! The month of June has therefore broken a weather record, because June 17 was the hottest day ever in June. By the way, did you know that this month is named after the Roman goddess Juno? She was definitely on the tropical side this year! Okay… We had to water a lot – spray for at least an hour a day – but it was well worth it.

Sweet like sugar (snaps)

This tropical month made our sugar snaps ready to be harvested. Harvesting a Sugar snap is done bean by bean and that is really a mindful job, although it can sometimes be a frustrating search because the leaf is almost indistinguishable from the sugar snap. The sugar snaps – or sugar pea – is a cross between a green pea and a snow pea. They look a lot like snow peas, but they are rounder and taste sweeter. The sugar snap is grown to eat whole.

By the way, the plants that sugar snap peas grow on are real climbing plants. To let them grow in the right direction, we made a nice structure that they can climb against. Sugar snaps are super healthy, delicious in the wok and suitable for different types of dishes.

Recipe from our own vegetable garden: soup of radishes and radish leaves

Our radishes have also sprung up in abundance. Radishes are a delicious and super healthy vegetable that you can eat raw. Our radishes were quite sharp. What many people do not know is that the leaves are also edible. Our neighbor has made a delicious soup with the leaves of the radish. A spicy, tasty soup. We are therefore happy to share the recipe.

What are the supplies?  

  • 1 onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 potatoes
  • 1 liters of vegetable stock
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 bunches of radishes
  • 80 milliliters crème frache
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

How do you prepare it?

  1. Chop the onion and finely chop the garlic.
  2. Peel the potato and cut it into cubes.
  3. Saute the onion and garlic in a pan with olive oil.
  4. Add the potatoes.
  5. Deglaze with the vegetable stock and cook until tender.
  6. Wash the tops of the radishes.
  7. Cut the radishes into slices.
  8. Puree the soup with the leaves and crème frache.
  9. Season with salt and pepper.
  10. Serve the soup in deep plates and garnish with radishes.