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Große Pflanzaktion am 31.03.2023
 

Zwei Schulklassen des Romain Rolland Gymnasiums pflanzten  begeistert an die 250 Sträucher und auch drei größere Bäume in unserem Garten!
Die Kinder und Jugendlichen engagieren sich für Umwelt und Klima, das Gymnasium ist Klimaschule,  und sie waren sehr froh, an diesem Tag etwas Praktisches dafür zu tun .

Eine Gartenführung unseres Meteorologen zum Thema "Zukunftsbäume"  stieß ebenso auf sehr großes Interesse und viele Fragen konnten beantwortet werden.

Es war ein ganz toller Tag für uns und wir freuen uns auf den nächsten Besuch der Schulklassen!

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Osterbasteln am 31.03.2023

Unser diesjähriges Osterbasteln fand am 31. März statt. 16 Kinder und einige Muttis hatten sich in unserem Vereinshaus versammelt, um gemeinsam für das Osterfest zu basteln. Wir haben Osterhasen und Frühlingsblüten genäht und Fangbecher gebastelt. Die jüngeren Kinder konnten Pappostereier und Papposterhasen mit Wolle umwickeln. Auch der Osterhase hatte für jeden eine kleine Überraschung gebracht.

 

Es war für alle ein schöner und erlebnisreicher Nachmittag.

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Die Herstellung einer guten Komposterde

ist so wichtig für einen erfolgreichen Gemüseanbau!

Als Ausgangsmaterial ließen wir uns vom Baubetriebshof und auch Landschaftspflegefirmen
Laub sowie von der Fa. Sell sogenannten Trester, Rückstände aus der Pressung von Apfel
und Quitte, liefern.

Diese Materialen schichteten wir auf, jeweils 10 cm Trester und Laub im Wechsel.
Unser gehbehinderter Kollege hat seinen alten Rollstuhl zum Arbeitsfahrzeug verwandelt und
im Sitzen die angelieferten kompostierfähigen Materialien umgesetzt.
Der angesetzte Komposthaufen wurde  reichlich begossen und mit von einem Galabaubetrieb
zur Verfügung gestellter Komposterde abgedeckt .

Nach kurzer Zeit war eine ordentliche Heißrotte mit bis zu 50 Grad im Gange.
Währenddessen hatten wir bei einem Zuchtbetrieb Kompostwürmer bestellt, die wir nach
Abkühlung des Haufens einsetzten.

Jetzt hoffen wir auf eine gute Arbeit der Würmer.

Im Oktober 2022 haben wir mit dieser Aktion begonnen. Im März 2023 wollen wir die Erde
verwenden.

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Unsere "Kleinen Gärtner" sind auch im Winter 2022 aktiv!

Endlich hat es geschneit. Anfang Dezember schichteten unsere Kleinen Gärtner mit Begeisterung ein Hochbeet aus Grünschnitt auf, dies ist nun unter dem blendenden Weiß verborgen.
Eine herrliche unberührte Fläche bietet einen ganz neuen Anblick, aus dem Schnee ragen die trockenen Blütenstände der verschiedensten Pflanzen, Grünkohl und Porree sind verschneit. Die Kleinen Gärtner streuen neues Futter für die Vögel und gehen auf Spurensuche. Kreuz und quer verlaufen die verschiedensten Tierspuren durch den Garten, Maus, Amsel, Krähe, Fuchs, Dachs- es ist spannend herauszufinden, wer hier unterwegs war. An der lockeren Erde wurde nach Futter gescharrt. Im Teich haben sich Vögel kleine Löcher gehackt, um zu Trinken.  Amseln und ein Rotkehlchen verstecken sich in den Sträuchern, Krähen schaffen Walsnüsse in ihren Schnäbeln fort.
Die Kleinen Gärtner staunen, wieviel Leben hier ist und lauschen gespannt auf das Nagen einer Maus im Holzhaufen. 

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Dankesparty am 26.11.22

Unsere Familie Sayed darf bleiben! Dies ist eine wunderbare Nachricht und wir sind alle sehr froh darüber!

Die 5 Familienmitglieder haben alle Anstrengungen unternommen,  durch Arbeit und Ausbildung, in der Freizeit auch durch reges Ehrenamt in Riesa und Coswig, um hier eine neue Heimat zu finden. Keine Gelegenheit zu lernen und dazuzugehören ließen sie aus. Es war gewiss nicht leicht, auch die Sprache perfekt zu erlernen.  Und, sie hatten Erfolg! Das Bundesamt für Migration wurde überzeugt für ein Bleiberecht, wohl auch durch die vielen Referenzschreiben von Mitgliedern, Freunden und Kooperationspartnern.

Die Familie bedankte sich mit einem Fest und kochte ein leckeres indisches Essen, Kaikashans Dankesworte haben uns sehr berührt.

Wir wünschen unserer Familie Sayed auch für die Zukunft alles Gute!

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Adventskranzbinden am 19.11.2022

Es ist zur schönen Tradition in unserem Verein geworden, dass wir uns mit Adventskränzen für die Unterstützung und gute Zusammenarbeit bei unseren Partnern bedanken. Es macht uns Freude, diese weihnachtliche Dekoration aus Tannengrün mit verschiedensten Naturmaterialien anzufertigen und kreativ zu dekorieren. Jedes Jahr entstehen andere Kränze!

Es war eine schöner, gemeinsamer Nachmittag mit angeregten  Gesprächen, das ist wichtig für uns, da wir im Winter uns nicht so oft im Garten treffen. 

Unsere Vereinsfahrt am 8. Oktober 2022

Unsere Vereinsfahrt am 8. Oktober 2022

Wir gehen gern auf Reisen!  Mit einem Reisebus vom Unternehmen Belitz genossen wir herrliche Ausblicke  im Osterzgebirge.  Bewunderung und Ehrfurcht zollten wir der 1000 jährigen Linde in Schmorsdorf, ein Symbol der Kraft und Hoffnung. In ihrem Schatten pflegt der Heimatverein Maxen e.V. das kleinste Museum Sachsens, das Lindenmuseum „Clara Schumann“.  Zu kurz die Zeit um die besondere Ruhe des Dorfes und Details wie eine nachgestaltete Schlacht aus Zinnfiguren auf sich wirken zu lassen. Wir kommen wieder! Der Bus eilte mit uns weiter nach Cotta zum Landgasthof Heidekrug, in dem freundliche Wirtsleute Karpfen oder Hirschgulasch als traditionelle Gerichte servierten.

Vom Bahnhof Kipsdorf, wunderschön ausgebaut zum Bürgerhaus im perfekten Bahnhofsflair mit historischem Schalter- und Warteraum, (wo gibts das noch?) brachte uns die  Weißeritztalbahn in romantischer Fahrt nach Dippoldiswalde.

Viele interessante und verbindende Gespräche füllten die Stunden. Diese gemeinsame Fahrt war ein echtes Erlebnis!

Am 11.06.22 drehten Wolfgang Stumph und sein Team eine Dokumentation über unsere
vielgestaltige Vereinsaktivität in unserem Garten.
Es gab viele aufschlussreiche Interviews, mit :-

  • unserer Schatzmeisterin Regine Eube, die Auskunft zur überlebenswichtigen Finanzierung des Vereins gab

  • unserer Webseitenverantwortlichen Taslima Sayed, die mit ihrer Arbeit die Außenwirkungdes Vereins sicherstellt

  • unserem Meteorologen Wilfried Küchler, er nahm Bezug zur aktuellen Dürresituation und gab Ausblicke auf zukünftige klimatische Veränderungen

Freilandtomate „Primabella“
September 2022

Erstmalig haben wir in unserem Garten eine Freilandtomate angebaut. Die Sorte „Primabella“ wurde erst vor kurzem neu gezüchtet (2017). Sie ist die aktuell resistenteste Tomatensorte gegen die gefürchtete Tomaten-Kraut- und Braunfäule.
Die Cocktailtomate ‘Primabella‘ reift in langen Rispen an wüchsigen, bis zu 180 Zentimeter hohe Pflanzen. Die runden, knallroten Früchte erreichen ein Durchschnittsgewicht von etwa 30 Gramm.


Sie sind sehr lagerfähig und überzeugen mit einem hohen Ertrag. Der Geschmack der ‘Primabella‘ ist angenehm süß-säuerlich und aromatisch. Es ist eine samenfeste Sorte. So kann man die Tomatensamen selbst gewinnen und in der nächsten Saison erneut aussäen.
Die Primabella-Tomate wurde speziell für den Anbau im Freiland gezüchtet und kommt im Freien auch ohne Regenschutz aus.

Tomaten müssen nicht nur rot und rund sein!

Klein, groß, rund, herzförmig, birnenförmig, rot, gelb, orange, grün, dunkel, gestreift – das
Angebot an Tomaten ist bunt und vielfältig.
Zuckersüß, mild, fruchtig, erfrischend säuerlich – der eigene Geschmack entscheidet über den persönlichen Favoriten.
Aber es lohnt sich, immer wieder neue und andere Sorten auszuprobieren.


Dank der Unterstützung eines eifrigen Hobby-Tomatenpflanzenzüchters konnten wir in
diesem Jahr viele verschiedene Sorten anbauen. Dazu gehörten Datteltomaten,
Spanische Hirtentomate, Rote Zora, Cerise gelb und rot, Black plum, Noire d'Anton,
Bretonische Ochsenherztomate und Cherokee Purple.


Der typische säuerliche Tomatengeschmack ist bei Salattomaten am intensivsten
ausgeprägt. Fleischtomaten sind milder im Geschmack. Cocktailtomaten sind süßer und
fruchtiger und etwas kleiner.

Autor: Gabi Marchall

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New in our garden: blue bananas

This year we grew the “blue banana” in the garden for the first time.
It is a squash that comes from the USA (Cucurbita
maximum). The cigar-shaped fruits have a blue-green skin and can
weigh between 5-15 kg. The flesh of the fully ripe fruit is
dark yellow to dark orange. The taste is very delicate and sweet. Therefore suitable
the blue banana is particularly suitable for the preparation of jams, desserts and
Cake. But it is also ideal for soup or puree. With optimal storage conditions (cool, dark and dry) it can be kept for 6 to 10 months.

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Colorful sweetcorn "Rainbow Inka"

Our bed with the up to 2 m high plants of the colorful sweet corn "Rainbow Inka" can be seen from afar.

This corn was created from two ancient Inca varieties. The Incas are among the first plant breeders who created new varieties through selection and crossing. Even then there was a considerable number of potato and maize varieties.


The sweet corn grows up to 2 m tall and forms large sweet cobs with yellow, red,
black and blue grains. The plants can branch out extensively.
For consumption, the cobs are harvested while they are milk-ripe, ie while they are still soft and yellow. They can be eaten fresh, boiled or grilled and taste sweet. When mature, the cobs turn brightly colored in all possible colors and are then a real eye-catcher for decorations, e.g. for the harvest bouquet.
The Incas planted the corn in the bed together with runner beans and squash. the
Beans can climb up the corn plants and the squash shades with its
large leaves the ground. This mixed culture in the bed is also called “the three
sisters".

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Handicraft stand for the 20th anniversary of the Rappelkiste

On July 29th, a colorful summer party took place in the Rappelkiste on the occasion of its 20th anniversary. A varied program invited families and their children to take part.


We were also represented with a small handicraft stand. The children could make a “little vortex” out of colorful strips of paper. The strips of paper were eagerly glued around a stick. If you then skillfully turn the stick between your hands, funny whirls are created.

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Tatarischer Buchweizen

Tatarischer Buchweizen

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Sonnenblumen

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Buchweizen

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Insect paradise in August and September

 

After the yellow mustard began to bloom and the first seed heads became visible, it was time to offer the insects food for late summer and autumn in addition to the flowers in the herb garden (oregano, various types of mint and hyssop) on a larger area.

Since not much blooms from August to October apart from the perennial bed and some ivy, we decided in mid-June to sow five flowering green manure plants. These are buckwheat, Tatar buckwheat, whorl mallow, sunflower and yellow mustard.

In order to ensure reliable growth, 4-5 seeds were sown in 7 cm pots for both types of buckwheat and 2-3 for the other types, which were ready for planting after 3-4 weeks. In order to make the work easier, we decided on a planting grid of approx. 25 x 30 cm, since rapid growth sets in with sufficient watering, and weeds that emerge are reliably kept in check. Only the Whorl-Mallow leaves something to be desired in terms of growth and does not show any tendency to bloom. Through the relative If you sow them late, the sunflowers will of course not reach their usual size, but they will bloom reliably from the middle / end of August.

 

Both of the buckwheat species have already reached a height of approx. 80 cm and are in full bloom. Tatar buckwheat has smaller flowers and is therefore less attractive to the human observer. However, the same cannot be said of the insects.

The advantage is that the buckwheat species that flower until frost are not related to the usual garden plants and therefore fit well into any crop rotation.

However, this is not the case with the cruciferous plant Gelbsenf  so that some caution is required here. Maybe a tip about mustard: In our experience, the commercially available varieties are bred to flower late in order to avoid the loss of seeds and germination in the subsequent culture . Therefore, in April  we sowed ordinary mustard seeds from a spice pack, harvested the seeds at the beginning of August and sowed them again immediately. The plants are now about 5 cm high and will bloom in September at the latest.

 

Anyone who means well with the insects in spring can now sow rape until the end of August . Depending on the location, this will bloom in April or May next, leaving a dry and weed-free seedbed, lots of compostable green matter and clearing the bed in good time to be able to grow pumpkins, beans or tomatoes. But be careful here too, rapeseed is also a cruciferous vegetable. Since seeds are difficult to obtain in small quantities, it is worth asking a farmer   for 5-10 g. Here, too, we recommend single grain sowing in pots and planting in a grid of 25 x 25 cm.

 

Anyone who has further experience with insect-friendly greening plants is cordially invited to exchange experiences.

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Harvesting the onions / Call for competition

This year, after a trial last year, we have grown onions in the association to a significant extent for the first time.

In contrast to the usual onion sets, the small seeds (available in specialist shops) are sown on the window sill in normal potting soil or sieved compost soil and sown with a thin layer of soil and covered with a thin layer of soil.

It is important that the soil is always kept moist.

 

After approx. 4-5 weeks the young plants have developed so far that they look like small blades of grass and can be pricked out in small flower pots. Since these little plants tolerate temperatures of - 5 ° C according to our own experience, they can be exhibited in an unheated foil tent or winter garden without any problems.

When the pots are well rooted in April, it is time to plant the small bulbs on an old manure bed at a distance of 20 x 30 cm and to take good care of them until at least the end of July. According to the seed dealer, the bulbs can reach a weight of 1000g. Our largest specimens in the year 2021  wogen  immerhin  more than 800 g, but this year only about 50 g because of the drought.

 

Nevertheless, it is interesting that the seed of the onion, which weighs only 3-4 milligrams, can increase its weight by more than 100,000 times within 7 months. If we have sparked your interest in growing this interesting vegetable, please share next year your results with.

Nothing will stand in the way of publication.

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Open Day 06/18/2022

The annual open day in the intercultural garden took place on June 18th, 2022. As is often the case, the concept of the association met with great interest among the numerous visitors.

This year, the association ordered some areas with insect-friendly greenery in addition to the already well-known environmentally friendly vegetable cultivation. A large number of native and sometimes rare insect species could be admired on these flowering areas.

The depiction of a cotton thistle flower with a checkered white may serve as a small example of this.

During a nice get-together of club members and visitors under the well-known walnut tree, the participants were able to exchange their impressions.

It is planned to hold similar events in the future .

Help for Ukrainian refugees in the IKG

Since the beginning of the Russian invasion, more than 5 million people are from Ukraine
fled. We also support members of the Intercultural Garden in Coswig
Refugee Ukrainian families are active in our garden. One thing is currently relevant
Family with 4 children from eastern Ukraine (a rural region near the city
Dnipro, which is not too far away from the current combat area between Russian
and Ukrainian troops). But even there there were already night air raids and
Bombings, the fears in the population and especially among children already
caused trauma. They describe that it was above all the constant uncertainty
and is when the sirens wail again at night. Here in Germany they are missing now
their grandparents, who have to take care of their beloved pets (including dogs,
a cat and several geese) remained in the country.


The family was with us for a few hours on April 23 and is now clearly closed
to our delight we have already "taken a foothold". We guided our guests through the garden
and noted with joy that they are particularly impressed by the diversity of our tree
and shrub plantings were enthusiastic. This does not only apply to apples, pears,
Cherries and plums, but also the numerous fruit-bearing wild bushes, such as
eg the cornelian cherries and copper rock pears. They were excited about a big one
Birch that reminded her of home. However, it must also be mentioned that us
especially at the beginning of language communication problems.


But here there was soon active help from two of our Russian garden members. gusell
from Bashkiria communicated cordially and in her native Russian language
informally with our guests. So finally found a brisk and very for all sides
understanding and impressive exchange took place. Gusell and Natalia, at this point
so a very special thank you to both of you!

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Easter in the garden   04/16/2022

Today, on this wonderful, sunny day, our garden tools are staying indoors. We go on a little Easter walk through our garden together and enjoy the first dashes of color from the spring flowers. But not only these shine brightly! During a longer, happy search, we also find the tracks of an Easter bunny, who apparently liked to hop through our animal-friendly garden...

So many nice little surprises! We wouldn't have guessed that!

Many thanks to the rabbit!

It is also a good opportunity for quiet conversations, there is no need for gardening, and we can quietly admire how numerous plants have unfolded their blossoms.

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Easter crafts

 

On Friday April 8th we were able to welcome 8 children from the West elementary schools
and Mitte in our intercultural garden for Easter handicrafts.
For the Easter bouquet, Easter eggs were wrapped in wool and glittered
Decorated with sequins. And there could be small Easter baskets with strips of fabric
to be woven around.


Despite the not very spring-like weather, we have one together
spent a happy handicraft hour in the garden.
Even the Easter bunny couldn't take it, taking every little basket with him
to fill with a little surprise.

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Fig.1: A new, spectacular cloud class, which is caused by turbulence or waves in the atmosphere, has been discovered and is to be referred to in future as "undulatus asperatus", i.e. "roughened waves". The photo was taken by Claudia Hinz, who worked at the Fichtelberg weather station until the end of 2018 (see text above). She published an extensive cloud atlas from which this impressive photo was taken.
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Lecture on the precipitation measurements in the Intercultural Garden Coswig

On Saturday, March 26, 2022, with the kind support of Pastor Norbert Gatz, a lecture by our meteorologist and garden member Wilfried Küchler took place in the Catholic Church in Coswig. It was entitled: "Results of the precipitation measurements in the Intercultural Garden Coswig - What does climate change mean specifically for our gardens?".


The measurements are based on a Hellmann rain gauge (collecting area 200 cm2) generally used by the German Weather Service. The precipitation measuring point was set up in December 2019  and the daily or monthly measurements have now been carried out without interruption since January 1st, 2020. We want to continue a measurement series that has existed in Coswig since 1903, which, despite some larger gaps, allows a look at the variability of precipitation conditions in past decades in our per se very dry region. An appropriate evaluation will soon take place as part of the monthly weather overviews. Until his death in early 2018, the Coswig teacher Störzel in Kötitz near the school, on a voluntary basis, carried out the measurements for the German weather service, which are particularly valuable for us in times of serious climate change - also with a Hellmann measuring device.
carried out. The existing series of measurements for Coswig is constantly being revised or supplemented by us.
In particular, our mayor, Mr. Thomas Schubert, made a valuable contribution to this by providing us with detailed data.

 

One of the questions raised by the audience was whether there was already a Kachelmann measuring point in Coswig and therefore there was no need for our rain measurement activities. Mr. Küchler has known Mr. Kachelmann since 2002 (Elbe flood) and also the measuring point mentioned. It is an automatic station that is used as part of the weather forecast, but the resulting measurement data cannot be used for climate-related statements for metrological reasons. More detailed comments on this matter were made during the lecture in the context of the daily precipitation measurements on the Fichtelberg, which were initially carried out until the end of 2018 without any measurement failures since 1916. With the ordered savings or dismissal of the staff and the automation of this station from 2019, the series of measurements, which was continued (!!) even during the Second World War, was practically "buried". The internationally known and valuable measurements are now a thing of the past. A sad calamity that cannot be repaired from a climatological point of view. In contrast to this, the measurements we carried out in Coswig now connect to the historical data series without any metrological breaks. The efforts of previous generations are highly respected by us and brought to bear in our city. At the end, Mr. Küchler once again thanked all colleagues of the IKG Coswig for their commitment in ensuring continuous measurements in the garden. The measurements show the increasing drought, this also affects the region around Coswig. The lack of rain and especially of snow, the water reservoir for the coming spring, is particularly noticeable on fruit and vegetable plantations. The event-related or monthly sum of the measurements tells us whether watering is necessary. In addition, experience has shown that, for example, a rainfall of more than 5 mm in spring is sufficient for the vegetable patch in a downpour for the next week. Installing drip irrigation is highly recommended.

Adaptation options for our gardens are also covering the soil with organic material, leaves, lawn clippings, chaff, introducing humus and loamy material in sandy soils, which are common in Coswig, and using plants that tolerate heat and drought. In the IK garden, good experiences have been made with native, flowering shrubs such as sloe, hawthorn, rosehip, pear, cornus and dogwood. Currants and wild berries require little water, borage aster and sedum are attractive and robust. A lawn that has to be watered constantly will not have a future in the long term
to have. There is currently little point in growing plums, pears and apples without irrigation.
Even vines now only thrive satisfactorily with irrigation, which was also noticed in the IK garden.

 

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START into the gardening season! 03/13/2022

Finally…. The sun is slowly warming the ground and it's time to plant carrot seeds and
To bring onion sets into the bed. We gardeners are happy to be able to do something together outside again after the winter! There is a lot to tell and our mission on Saturday flew by.


Half the bed is ready and we are hoping for rain. In April it can be dry and warm again, so we hurry. We look forward to the first green tips of the onions and the tender sprouts of the carrots! Parsley is also planted, onions are growing in the tent and kohlrabi is germinating in pots. In the tent we harvest chard and winter purslane. We look forward to visitors and
maybe new comrades-in-arms!

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December 7 Ambrose Day
Saint Ambrose patron saint of bees

St. Ambrosius, born 339 (Trier), died April 4, 397 (Milan), is the patron saint of bees and patron saint of beekeepers and wax growers.

But he is not only the patron saint of bees. He is also the patron saint of pets, learning and the Italian cities of Milan and Bologna. Shopkeepers, wax makers and even gingerbread bakers have chosen him as their patron saint.

On illustrations, St. Ambrose is therefore usually shown with a beehive and/or surrounded by bees. His attributes also include book and scourge.

Ambrosius, the son of a Roman governor and a convinced Christian, was born in Trier in 339 AD and moved to Rome with his family after the death of his father. After comprehensive legal training, he soon made a steep political career and was promoted to governor of Liguria in 373.
He was very popular with the population because of his mildness and justice. Not least because of this, Ambrose was elected bishop of Milan just a year later - on December 7, 374.

 

The day of remembrance in the Catholic and Orthodox Church is therefore December 7th, the Protestants celebrate Ambrosius' death day, April 4th (397).

The memorial day of St. Ambrosius on December 7th is also celebrated as the international “Honey Day”.

 

The veneration of the saint as the patron saint of beekeepers is explained by a legend according to which a swarm of bees settled on the saint's face when he was a child. The bees crawled into the child's mouth and fed it with honey. This was interpreted as a sign from God and an indication of a great future for the child.

Bees are revered for their valuable honey and wax, which for centuries was the only material used to make candles, and they are considered a symbol of hard work.

 

The pawn rule   corresponding to Memorial Day on April 4th is:

If Ambrosius is fair and pure, Saint Florian (May 4th) will be a savage.

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Our Advent wreath binding (20.11.2021)

Every year we are happy to produce this little Advent greeting as a thank you to our partners and supporters.

It's fun to form a wreath of fresh, fragrant fir greenery from the Ulbrich nursery and customize it with natural materials. Red ornamental apples arranged with a wide variety of cones and colorful twigs are shown to their best advantage. Everyone invents a different decoration and we are always amazed at the variations.

At work we tell each other news, and there are plenty of them,  and whatever else is on our minds. It was a nice and productive meeting.

Our works should bring a little Christmas spirit and, above all, cheerful courage!

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Our club trip on (23.10.21)

On 10/23 it was finally time,  a nice bus from the Beelitz travel agency took us to Potsdam. The first stop was the sallow thorn garden in Petzow. Our garden guide humorously told the story of the growing area. Hardly any of us knew that sea buckthorn was already used by Genghis Khan and that the berries had been used in Tibetan medicine since the 8th century.  We would have liked to have explored the garden longer and the amazing variety , tempting products from the two farm shops and bought them, but unfortunately our schedule was tight. A delicious lunch strengthened us for the city tour of Potsdam. It's amazing how many castles and, above all, spacious, beautiful parks we owe to "Alter Fritzen".  These historic facilities are protected and excluded from development, very good. We went past Sanssouci Palace to the banks of the Havel, where our ship was waiting. From the water we saw an impressive, beautiful autumn landscape with striking buildings. In good spirits we enjoyed this special excursion. The shared experience combined with so many conversations for which we found time, this strengthened our solidarity. 

We are already looking forward to the next trip!

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Die Kiwanoernte

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30 Kilo der stacheligen Früchte geerntet!

Kiwano – ein stacheliger Exot

Kiwano – ein stacheliger Exot

Kiwano – a prickly exotic (09.10.21)

At the beginning of October, our club member Ralph drew our attention to a very special fruit. He showed us a spot between corn and kale. Quite inconspicuously, a melon-like plant had spread here, which playfully climbed up the corn and cabbage. On closer inspection, we were able to discover individual prickly fruits between the leaves. So with thick gloves we went to the harvest. Ralph explained to us what we were harvesting and we all enjoyed a handful of these African exotics. However, as we penetrated deeper into the lush greenery, we couldn't believe our eyes. More and more Kiwanos appeared and we enthusiastically combed the bed. We also struck gold on the fence behind the tomato tunnel, where the Kiwano had also been planted and had greened the entire fence. And so we finally harvested a good thirty kilos of prickly fruit. Nobody expected that!

The kiwano, also known as horned cucumber or horned melon, (lat. Cucumis metuliferus) has nothing to do with a kiwi. It is a pumpkin plant that we rarely see and originally comes from Central and South Africa, from the Kalahari desert in Namibia, where it has been used traditionally for around 3000 years. Today, however, they are mainly grown in New Zealand and Israel. The oblong round fruit is about 15 cm tall and weighs 400 g. It owes its name to the strong spines. The annual plant resembles a cucumber plant and cheerfully climbs up to four meters in height on trellises. It loves a very bright, warm location and does little work as long as a good water supply is guaranteed. If it is grown outdoors, as it is here, it must be harvested green before the first frost and stored to ripen. After a few weeks, the skin turns orange and the green flesh can be spooned out along with the small seeds. If kept cool (but not in the fridge), Kiwano can be stored for up to nine months. The taste is reminiscent of a mixture of lemon, banana and passion fruit and is rich in vitamins, potassium and magnesium. The pulp is also great for fruit salads and other desserts or seafood salads.

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Visit from Ms. Fänder on September 25th, 2021
 

We are very happy about the visit of Gabriele Fänder, the integration officer of the Meißen district. 

This Saturday she experienced the joint actions of our association members in our garden when harvesting, cutting the berry bushes and of course tasting some homemade  delicacies.  We had many interesting conversations about life in different countries, everyday things or garden themes. For all of us it was wonderful and enriching hours. We thank her for this visit!

Our cultivation trial (08/14/2021)

Our melon plants have grown well and have small dark green spherical fruits
has grown considerably and reached a diameter of 15 to 20 cm! It will be exciting! To harvest or not to harvest is the question. Ivan shakes his head and says it's better to wait... But here on this fruit, for example, the stalk is already brown! So….cut! Take it to the table under the walnut tree where the other club members and friends are waiting. The first melon is ceremoniously cut and the red, glowing flesh is admired.
And: it tastes very sweet and so delicious!! Great, the extension was successful, we are happy!

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A new (delicious ??) fruit for our garden (06/20/2021)

Gardeners love to try something new. They also have to, so that something always grows when there is a loss of plants. And it's a pleasure to expand the range and watch with excitement how a new plant develops.

We put home-grown plants on our compost layer in a tried and tested way, with a starting fertilization of horse manure from the riding stables on Auerstrasse. So far our watermelons are doing well. Maybe there are juicy, tasty large fruits... the leaves look very pretty, so buckled and silvery chipped. We are also very excited about our luffa cucumbers, bath sponges are said to be made from the fruits
develop.

May 20th - World Bee Day
On May 20, 1734 Anton Janscha was born in Bresniza. Janscha was a
Slovenian court beekeeper at the court of Maria Theresia in Vienna. He is considered the inventor of
first box operating method and was rector of the world's first modern beekeeping school.
He is also the author of numerous books on beekeeping and beekeeping. 2014
the Slovenian Beekeepers Association has theWorld Bee Day initiativewith the support of
Government of Slovenia started.
With success: In 2018, the United Nations declared May 20th asWorld Bee Day
called out.
This is intended to underscore the importance of bees as pollinators for biodiversity and
Food security and the awareness of the decline in the global bee population and the urgent protection of bees are underlined.

The achievements of honey bees as pollinators in nature and in fruit & vegetable growing
are widely known. However, the importance of wild bees has long been underestimated.
Many fly when it is still too cold or too wet for the honey bees. mason bees
pollinate, for example, many times more efficiently than honey bees.
Due to their specialization, wild bees pollinate plants that honey bees due to
of their physique cannot pollinate or ignore them. For a safe
Pollination of wild and cultivated plants requires not only honey bees but also one
species-rich wild bee fauna.

Bees pollinate 80% of all local wild and crop plants.
1/3 of everything we eat depends on pollination by bees.


Nevertheless, the wild bees in particular are getting worse and worse:
-The nesting opportunities are becoming increasingly rare, since surfaces are sealed and dead wood
Will get removed. Around 300 of 560 wild bee species are on the Red List.

-the intensification of agriculture and the numerous monocultures
lead to an increasing supply of food in fields and gardens
goes back

-Plant protection agents (pesticides) not only act on pests, but
are also deadly to bees, disrupting and weakening their orientation
immune system

The stock and the health of the honey bees is looked after by the work of the beekeepers.
But each of us can help the wild bees.

Create variety of flowers and offer more bee food

Transform unused lawns into species-rich native wildflower meadows. After
Sow crop beds as flowering areas. Plant balconies with herbs.

create living spaces
Create a "wild corner" with piles of dead wood, open ground areas and dry stone walls
natural nesting sites for bees and other beneficial insects.

no use of pesticides
Organic cultivation of fruit, vegetables and herbs protects bees. In the house should be in all ways
Avoid using pesticides such as insecticides and herbicides.

Only buy potting soil without peat!
Through peat extraction, bogs become CO2 storage and a rare biodiversity
irretrievably destroyed.
 

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Another nocturnal guest in our garden!
 
After we were able to "capture" a fox with our wildlife camera, this is ours
now succeeded with another nocturnal visitor. Even a badger feels with us
well and visits the pond on the concrete surface.

The badger (Meles meles) belongs to the marten family. He is with the otter, the polecat
and related to the stone marten and the largest of our native martens. He's also
known by the fabled name of Grimbart.

In the wild it can live up to 15 years. Badgers live in
families, similar to packs of wolves.

The cave dweller lives preferably in deciduous and mixed forests, but also occurs in
parks and in hedged fields. It is important that the ground is not too firm. With
it lays its sharp claws up to five meters deep, over several
Inputs accessible residential boiler. Over time, the underground
Apartments expanded so that the system corridors hundreds of meters long and umpteen
may include residential boilers. Several generations often inhabit the for years
same construction. Foxes also find room as subtenants in the badger burrow.

The badger is a carnivore and herbivore that feeds primarily on beetles,
feeds on earthworms, mice, snails and insects. On meadow orchards and in
In gardens, badgers like to use the fallen fruit intensively.

Badgers are predominantly driven by road traffic and their habitat of a
Agricultural intensification threatened as important food sources are lost.
Badgers are subject to hunting rights, but enjoy a long closed season each year.
In order to make the badger better known, the German Wild Protection Association has it
(SDWi) as “animal of the year 2010”.
Due to its busy digging activity, the badger does not like to live in the well-tended allotment garden
seen.

It's different with us: We're happy that Grimbart feels comfortable with us and we still hope he will
can often be observed on camera.

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Plant potatoes on (04/17/2021)
It's still cold and some gardeners are reluctant to put the tubers in the ground. Because when the  plants have produced their shoots and there is a late frost, the leaves freeze. But, it's mid-April and we still have 150 kg of seed potatoes. So, let's go ! Sowing and planting in spring is always a hopeful action. Our horse manure supplier brought the valuable manure on time the day before. With combined forces and in a good mood we brought this into the furrow as food for Birgit (red-skinned and particularly popular), Gala, Adretta and Sieglinde.
Our sprout tubers are now lined up exactly in a line and, like us, are waiting for warm days.

 

What is growing in the tent?

It's a pretty cold April, but we're glad about that. Vines and fruit trees sprout later and are thus much better protected from late frosts.


Of course, our foil tunnels are now doubly useful, underneath it is pleasantly warm and radishes, spinach, lettuce, kohlrabi and also chard (transplanted into the tent in autumn 2020 from the field) grow quickly into tender vegetables. Collected rainwater is just enough. In mid-May we plant cucumbers and tomatoes in the tents, until then the early vegetables should gradually
be harvested.


In the cucumber tent we have sown various types of cabbage, herbs, radishes and lettuce in pots so that we can bring enough young plants to the outdoor beds.
This year we want the cultivation of water and honey melon and loofah sponge gourd
try it, the seeds are germinating.

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Unsere Aktivitäten - April

Spinat, Mangold, Rettich

Spinat, Mangold, Rettich

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Fuchs

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Fuchs Spuren

 

A wild animal feels comfortable with us!

When designing our garden, we have always strived to create a place where
Wild animals are also welcome. Wild animals are not always easy to spot.
When there was a lot of snow at the beginning of February, we found animal tracks that made us curious
who do they belong to?


So with a trail camera we have the pond on the concrete surface and one visible
Observed deer walking in the back of the garden. We didn't have to wait long for the first photos: a fox comes to the pond to drink and also roams through our grounds.


Foxes are so-called culture followers. Being near people makes it easier to get food
you can often find them in cities or towns. But man always pushes
stronger in the original habitat of wild animals, and where once forests, meadows
and fallow land, residential areas are now spreading. The animals are therefore forced to
to befriend the new habitat and forage there in search of food, shelter and places to raise the young.


As a rule, foxes do not pose any danger to humans, but as with any wild animal
Of course, a certain amount of respect is due.
Foxes are not typically aggressive, and their natural shyness precludes contact
tend to avoid people.


Only when people feed the animals regularly can they become trusting. Therefore should
Don't leave food scraps, rubbish, cat or dog food leftovers in the garden.
Since the fox hunts rats and mice or also gets rid of sick and dead animals, it is often valued as useful.


So we want to welcome Master Reineke to our garden and look forward to it
can keep watching him on camera.
And who knows - maybe our fox is a woman vixen? …..


-Gabi Marshal

The great Awakening!

(January 2021)

The first warm days of January have revived life in the beehives.
At temperatures around 10°C, the bees start their so-called cleaning flight.
During the long winter break, they didn't leave their hive and couldn't defecate either. This is now done with the cleaning flights. If despite the warmer
temperatures there is still snow on the ground, one can point it out in the immediate vicinity of the
Beehives discover many small brown spots.
For the beekeeper too, the new awakening is always a sign that the colonies have come through the winter well.
Now it is to be hoped that the bees will soon find the first pollen.
The first important source of pollen is the hazel bush, which can bloom as early as the end of January.
The male flowers, the so-called "catkins", are interesting for the bees.
The male flowers appear in the autumn of the previous year and hibernate naked. she
hang down the branches in pairs and produce yellowish-green pollen. When the first pollen enters the hives, this is a good sign that the queen bee is already laying eggs again and is diligently caring for offspring.


-Gabi Marshal

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Schwefelporling

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Now that the trees and bushes have lost their leaves, you can discover them even better

tree fungi

They are visually very interesting phenomena that are worth taking a closer look at.
In the broadest sense, tree fungi are all fungi that colonize and decompose wood. Tree fungi are living beings that are composed of a fungal network and fruiting bodies. With the help of their spores, the fungi penetrate the wood and permeate the entire tree with a fluffy white network, the mycelium. Only at a very advanced stage do the fruiting bodies appear on the bark, as the mushrooms that are then visible to us. These only serve the  reproduction by producing new spores and scattering them in the garden.
When the fruiting bodies of tree fungi appear, the fungal networks are already budding in the wood
her mischief for years.
A third of all fungi form a community with trees, both sides of which
only benefit. These include well-known edible mushrooms such as B. truffles or porcini mushrooms,
but also the poisonous fly and the dreaded death cap mushroom. Each of these mushrooms is for the
Tree completely harmless. The fungi attach themselves to the fine roots of trees and
shrubs and help them by using their own fine root system in the smallest amounts
of water and thus also nutrients from the soil and give it to them. In return
the tree supplies the fungus with sugar, which it obtains from photosynthesis.
The situation is different with the wood-decomposing tree fungi that are found all over the world.
In addition to living trees, they also colonize dead wood. About the smallest wounds on the bark or on
the roots penetrate the spores into the tree. They draw their nutrients directly from them
the wood by breaking down and causing usable substances through specific enzymes
resulting in brown and white rot. This also removes the last nutrients from the tree.
The spread of rot fungi can be counteracted in the garden by growing young
Trees help to stay healthy and resilient. You should
1. Consider light requirements, soil requirements and planting distances,
2. Avoid root injuries and injuries in general
3.  It is best to remove tree stumps when clearing.
And yet: not all tree fungi are harmful to trees. Where nature unfolds freely
can, they are even absolutely necessary. Nature needs them to decompose dead material
and thus gain new organic matter again. This new humus nourishes the succeeding ones
generation of young trees, until life might end like this for them too.
Identifying tree fungi is very difficult due to their diversity. By the two mushrooms
that we found in our garden, we suspect that it is the smoke polypore and
is about the sulfur polyling.
Does anyone know exactly what these tree fungi are? Please report!Phone: 0151 50 59 23 31!

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Kohlmeise

Buntspecht

Buntspecht

Many birds are still there! Our Garden (December 2020)

Our major concern is to make the intercultural garden as natural as possible. In addition to the ecological cultivation of fruit and vegetables, we also make our contribution to nature conservation. Numerous dense, high hedges, lots of dead wood and native bushes offer birds and insects a place to live, nest and also provide them with food. An  the rose hips and the seeds of sunflower, calendula and
Wild teasel use numerous birds.
So we can see great and blue tit, robin, goldfinch, long-tailed tit,
Redstart and of course lots of sparrows. Also spotted woodpeckers
and jays are often seen in our garden. The woodpecker family has it
particularly taken with the dead spruce, which was diligently drilled for food
and is knocked.
So it makes sense not to tidy up the garden thoroughly in autumn,
but to leave seed heads and plant stalks until spring.

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Advent wreath binding (21.11.2020)

Also this year we found each other (by far...) to creatively tie and decorate our Advent wreaths. According to an old pagan custom, a green wreath brings blessings. Every December, our network partners and friends look forward to this pine-scented symbol of the Christmas season.

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Our honey bees (November 2020)

 

While the garden year is slowly coming to an end for us, autumn has come for the bees
the new bee year has already begun.
In late summer, the traditional costumes come to an end. The bees now have to feed the
Store away for the winter and get plenty of feed syrup.
A change is taking place in the colony itself: the summer bees are becoming fewer and fewer. the
Bees that hatch now are winter bees and will live in the colony for 5-6 months. A
healthy colony with many winter bees is the best prerequisite for a strong colony in the
next year.
With falling temperatures, flight operations become less and less. At the latest with the
first frost, the queen stops laying eggs and the colony moves to the winter cluster
together. The bees form a dense cluster around their queen. Through
Wing flapping keeps the temperature in the prey at a constant temperature of approx.
maintained at 30°C.
The work of the beekeeper is now also limited to occasional checks of the beetle
apiary.
And it's time to wait for the next spring!

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Visit from Professor Dr. Andreas Roloff (07.10.2020)

We are looking forward to the visit of the forestry and tree expert known throughout Germany
very happy in advance. Professor Roloff has been teaching and researching at the TU since 1994
Dresden in Tharandt. His responsibilities also include overseeing the
Forest botanical garden Tharandt, one of the world's oldest, most famous and largest
scientific woody collections. Under his leadership, this is likely to be unique in Europe
2001 begun large expansion project of the forest botanical garden. On 15.4 hectares
a completely new forest and landscape park was created, which
North American woody flora represented. When you visit this very special
garden on August 17, 2020, we were surprised to find that almost all trees and shrubs had the extreme
have survived the drought of recent years mostly well. This also confirms our own
positive experiences with trees of North American origin, such as Douglas fir, coastal
Fir and red oak in extreme locations. Of course we showed him in ours
Intercultural garden all new plantings of our "trees of the future". With big
Professor Roloff was particularly interested in our efforts to set it up
a regional advice center for climate trees. Here he wants us in the coming
Year to give concrete support with his expertise, which we are of course happy to do
have recorded.
By the way: The forest botanical garden is open daily from April to October from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m
o'clock open. A visit to the new forest and landscape park should be particularly worthwhile
still worthwhile in October due to the magnificent autumn colors.
Wilfried Küchler
Cornelia fruit

The visit of Minister of State Wolfram Günther and Mayor Thomas Schubert  (09/21/2020)

For more information, see the following link:

https://buergerforum-radebeul.de/besuch-im-interkulturellen-garten-coswig/

It is a great honor for our association that the Minister of State visits us and finds out about our work. Also our Lord Mayor Thomas Schubert and our
Mayor Friederike Trommer accepted the invitation. We were also able to welcome Elke
Siebert as a county councillor, aldermen, CBL members and knowledgeable residents. We were very happy about these quite numerous guests and presented our garden. It was a good opportunity to thank the city for supporting our work. We want to our garden as a place of encounter and education and expand and look forward to the visit of interested guests and fellow campaigners.

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School class visit (09.07.2020)

26 school children in our garden! So beautiful... The children were very interested in the plants in the garden, carefully observed bees and various beetles and were happy about the dragonflies in the pond. They ran in a long line across the flowering meadow, each child discovered a small animal or a special flower. The nests of the paper wasps, the large tree mushroom and our hornet box were admired and explained by club members. Everyone was excited!
Then it was off to pick berries. Here the joy was great and it spontaneously flared up
Competition which group collected the most fruit. Luckily her hoarder had one
loud voice, so that the department later retreated to the table in order
finally stirring the berry yoghurt. A delicious end to this beautiful garden excursion!

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Our garden tour on the topic "Edible Plants" (08/30/2020)

 

Despite the heat, we were able to welcome numerous interested parties that day, there were about 40 in number! We didn't expect this kind of encouragement and of course we were very happy. Wilfried Küchler and Cornelia Obst each guided around 20 people through our garden so that all guests could follow. Everyone was very interested, asked many questions and exchanged ideas with each other. Controversial technical discussions also enriched the event. We were pleased with the numerous positive responses from our visitors, who said that they learned practical things about the various plants and will use them for themselves in the future. New contacts were made and one or the other will definitely come back to us!

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Stone by stone ... with plants as the grand finale - July 2020

Our actions do not only consist of growing vegetables. fascinate us
natural stones. For example granite, with beautiful red and gray speckles. From these
we put stone by stone together to form a small wall, which gives structure to the area with its beautifully curved shape. We found the inspiration for this on the island of Mainau, where walls made of a material mix of natural and artificial stone, wood and clay can be admired. Very appealing in terms of design, such buildings are important refuges for insects, spiders and lizards with their countless cavities and crevices. This “dry construction” method is not reinforced with binding material, so small creatures can bore in and crawl. Old concrete pavement slabs were installed at the same time. Our self-grown rock garden plants found an exclusive location. We also installed a seat on the wall, ideal for patiently observing nature.
The first sand lizard has already found shelter!

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Our new pond

(07/15/2020)

Water points are a great design element and ecologically enhance an area. It was with great  joy that we created a small pond together in the newly leased area of our intercultural garden. We want to observe colonizing aquatic animals soon, as well as birds, insects or sand lizards that gather at this watering point. Friends and neighbors brought us water plants, which led to lively discussions about garden ponds, water chemistry, nature photography and our other activities. We are always  asked how we get along with fellow campaigners from other countries in such projects. It often takes longer dialogues and there are sometimes (funny..!) misunderstandings, but it is particularly nice for everyone when in the end the understanding works and we have created something nice for everyone together.

Excursion through the flowering meadow

(06/20/2020)

Our members led new guests from Coswig through the natural garden and our "wild meadow". Blossoms were enthusiastically photographed and identified using a plant app. We shared with our guests the fascination for the various insects that we observed in the good "flying weather" . One of our beekeepers shared some very interesting details about life in the hive. This is how wonderful and varied conversations unfolded. We are very happy about these new contacts.


 

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An interesting climbing plant (06/20/2020)

 

let's try it out here and have thought of a construction where it can grow. Our beautiful bed, provided with a watering rim, is optimally utilized in this way. Because HIGH! let them grow and live up to their name "pole bean". The mulch layer made of chopped wood is not missing here either and helps to save water. We are looking forward to the fruits, from which we also want to prepare an Indian dish.

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The intercultural garden in Coswig installs a new precipitation gauge. (28.12.2019)

At the end of last year, on December 28th, 2019,  a new precipitation measuring point was set up on the grounds of the Intercultural Garden. A Hellmann rain gauge recommended by the German Weather Service was installed. 

This measuring device is made of stainless steel and has a collection area of 200 cm² at a height of 1 meter above the ground, bounded by a sharp-edged brass ring. 

For farmers, foresters, hobby gardeners and hobby meteorologists, precipitation plays a particularly important role in the local weather.

It is essential to constantly keep an eye on the amount of rain, for example to know whether the rain that has fallen (even over longer periods of time) is enough for the plants or trees in the garden or whether they need to be watered additionally.

From now on we will regularly present the concrete situation on site by means of monthly overviews on our website and also give case-by-case recommendations according to the situation. 

 

Assessment of the current situation in the Coswig area

Over the past two years, 2018 and 2019, there has been a significant rainfall deficit - with the result that our soil has dried out completely in many places, down to great depths. The low winter precipitation that has fallen so far has not fundamentally changed this situation. Therefore, evergreen coniferous trees and rhododendrons in the garden should be well supplied with plenty of water (if possible from the rain barrel) in frost-free weather -136bad5cf58d_

 

Wilfried Küchler 

Graduate Meteorologist

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Christmas party 2019 (16.12.2019)

We club members met for our Christmas party in the neighboring Catholic church.  The celebration started promptly at 4 p.m., as the schedule required, and before our arrival the tables and chairs were set up, along with hot drinks and cakes of various types and flavors, mostly homemade. Ms. Obst gave an informative and very interesting talk about the activities in 2019, which included many new developments in our garden as well as the seminars and excursion we had in 2019 with our colleagues and association members. The snake part presentation was very informative and we learned new things as well. It was a great pleasure to meet all members. We had a wonderful chat about the upcoming events and activities to be done in the garden in 2020. We all returned home with good memories.

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Christmas trip to Dresden (03.12.2019)

On December 3rd, 2019 we   undertook a trip to Dresden to the "Ice World". Here it was an artificial "winter" with minus 8 degrees Celsius, so that the beautiful and expressive sculptures would not melt. These were created by 23 artists from 13 different countries with chainsaws, chisels and irons. The motifs from international fairy tales are up to 8 m high and because you can hardly imagine their creation, videos show the ice transport and the well-known artist team at work. The figures glitter in the darkened hall with beautiful colored lighting and impress with their attention to detail. An experience for which we gladly dressed warmly.


Our next visit was to the Museum of Folk Art in the Jägerhof.  Here we watched artists at their craft and had a very interesting conversation with a wood artist. After precise calculation, he saws strips into almost an infinite number of parts and assembles them into fascinating figures such as vases, angels or candlesticks. We were excited to learn this, but this friendly encounter was particularly nice. On our tour of the Dresden craftsmanship of past centuries and the present, we admired the skill and ingenuity of the folk artists. Exhibits from a specific epoch of Dresden's handicraft history were displayed in each room.


After this exciting and exciting visit, the unforgettable trip in Dresden ended with a joint lunch at "Watzke" am Goldenen Reiter.

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Tying the Advent wreath(23.11.2019)

On November 23rd we made Advent wreaths together with all team members. It was a wonderful time we spent together and with all the coordination and teamwork we all managed to comfortably make more than 25 wreaths within a few hours. We talked at work about how Christmas is celebrated in different countries and learned a lot about interesting and peculiar traditions. 43d3-3d99-a511-2eb009ed8a2d_ these wreaths made us happy.

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Tree planting (16.11.2019)

As always, we also think of our little friends and planted a varied one
Hedge of native shrubs to further enhance the natural space structure of our garden. Blackthorn, cornelian cherry and hawthorn will soon bloom here. Some non-native shrubs such as pea and cork wing bush are also integrated, because in view of the increasing drought and heat it makes sense not to insist on the native plant species of our area. We used 15 species to show the diversity. It is also a test of which shrubs hold their own. Signage makes our "teaching hedge" perfect. A planting campaign is always a nice thing, because together we create something lasting for the future. Soon the planting becomes a dense hiding place for hedgehogs, grass snakes and numerous lizards
bird species.

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Tree of honor planted (12.11.2019)

Thanks, appreciation and optimism were expressed in a solemn
Honor tree planting on November 11, 2019.

The very numerous members of our association present, city councillors, experts
Residents, representatives of the city administration, representatives of the people of Coswig
Citizens' list, board members of the Coswig association, place of diversity, were in happier
mood and wholeheartedly supported this appreciation.
On a beautiful, central square in Coswig, between the Nettomarkt and the new fire brigade,
received our mayor Frank Neupold and our city councilor Bernhard Kromer
a tree of honor.
Our association Interkultureller Garten Coswig eV says thank you by planting an oak tree
to Frank Neupold for his support and appreciation of our work, for the fact that he
gave us a place in Coswig and showed a heart for us. We know this too
value and will honor the associated obligations to the best of our ability.
The second oak is dedicated to Bernhard Kroemer and embodies an appreciation of the
Page of the Coswig citizen list. The CBL he built is his
matter of the heart. Bernhard Kroemer also has us, the IK garden significantly
supported and is simply everywhere where help is needed. He brings people whole
different opinions together for a common goal.
These two trees, a Hungarian oak and a pedunculate oak, now stand here and form
a unit, like these two to be honored in life too.
They both always showed a heart and understanding for different people
of our city, searched for solutions to problems and led many things to a good one
End.
These two trees should embody this as a symbol and at the same time be guardians that
the friendly and open disposition of the two honorees also in the future
lives in our town hall.
Our association would like to thank the Baubetriebshof Coswig and the stock exchange for the
perfect support with planting and supply of snacks and drinks, with the
Press spokeswoman for the city for the announcement, at the Franke confectionery for the
Donate delicious rolls and of course at the Schuhmann tree nursery.
But the most beautiful thing about this event was the surprised faces of both of them, they
as planned, probably really had no idea beforehand what it was all about.
Cornelia fruit
Chair of the association IK Garten Coswig eV

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New irrigation system in our garden

Hot and dry summers mean that we are increasingly discussing the topic of water. Closely
associated with climate change and its consequences, this is also in our focus. In spite of
our proven water-saving measures such as ground cover, incorporation of loam
and watering in the evening hours, extremely high water bills force us to pay new ones
Solutions.
We have long and hard discussions about building a well, but what if the
Groundwater falls, as an example of an incalculable magnitude, in addition to electricity costs and
water pressure? So we decided on a drip irrigation system, which with foreseeable
security works.
At this point, the Postcode Lottery thankfully helped us financially
Support. So we were able to choose a suitable irrigation system together
and install in our garden.
All members became aware of the preciousness of water again, and so did
visitors attentive. We exchanged valuable experiences on handling the
technology, but also about garden topics and interested parties found out what else
still happening in the garden.
The effect of the system is perfect: the plants grow through the even and
sufficient water supply much better than before. We save water because the
The quantity of drops is absorbed immediately and hardly ever runs unused into the ground. At the
conventional watering with a hose, the plant cannot absorb everything. as
enormous advantage proved the time saving due to the automatically controlled
Irrigation. When it was hot, two people had to water every day, they now work
together with the others and so can as a further result an overall improved
gardening and a good sense of community.
We have particularly fond memories of the enthusiasm about the essential
improved berry harvest of our previously rather puny raspberries as well as the
Grapes. It is not only about these fruits, but also about the common one
success of our often laborious garden maintenance.
We are happy to advise anyone interested in this ingenious irrigation system! That is
surely one more reason for a visit!

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Rare resident of the flowering meadow in our garden (10/15/2019)

In the warming midday sun of October 15, 2019, a grey-brown band suddenly moved slowly through the piled up plant remains - shortly afterwards the beautiful yellow-patterned head of a grass snake appeared! That was a big surprise for us, because such an animal has never been sighted here. Apparently she had been sunbathing on the mowed part of the meadow before she slipped into her hiding place under withered pumpkin plants, obviously disturbed by us.  Maybe she also likes the  little one shallow pond, created 2 years ago, there are no other bodies of water in the area.
We are very happy about this beautiful observation of nature and are designing our garden with further refuges for small animals.

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Colorful and happy summer festival (07/31/2019)

We were very happy to be able to welcome so many and very different guests on this special day. Children from Coswig, especially from the Löwenzahn day-care center, tested their knowledge of herbs and visited them
the garden and prepared salads and delicious appetizers from harvested garden fruits together with our club members. Economics Minister Martin Dulig and Lord Mayor Frank Neupold were just as happy with us as Christine Ruby from the SPD citizens' office and the kindergarten teachers at the KiTA about these actions and the many impulsive encounters.
Our guests and we club members used this opportunity for pleasant, informal
Conversations, to say thank you for a good cooperation and, very important, to make plans for joint future projects.

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Bumblebees (01.06.2019)

Our last event, the wild bee lecture on the subject of "bumblebees", yes they belong to the wild bees, was very well attended. Lecturer Mandy Fritzsche, the volunteer wild bee officer from Radebeul, skilfully covered up a technical glitch  and captivated the visitors with her humorous and catchy knowledge.  When the beamer finally got the bumblebee photos played, the joy of the approximately 40 participants was all the greater. 
The subsequent observation in the living space, our natural garden, was an experience especially for the children. We learned a lot, were fascinated by the many details from the life of these little fliers and were happy about the lively interest in the insects and in our natural garden!

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Excursion to Findlingspark Nochten (08.04.2019)

It was a nice experience for us to explore this unusual landscape together. Neben wertvollen  Anregungen  für die Gestaltung einer Gartenfläche mit trockenheitsverträglichen Pflanzen  bekamen wir auch einen Einblick in die  Culture and traditions of the Sorbs, as well as the inevitable resettlement and loss of homeland of the people who lived in this place at the time,

Excursion to Meissen (14.02.2019)

On February 14th, 2019, our group went on an unforgettable trip to Meissen. It was a beautiful day with a wonderful climate. Our first destination was Dom Zu Meißen (Cathedral of Meissen), we just saw it from the outside.
Our second and main goal was Albrechtsburg, The Albrechtsburg in Meissen is one of the most famous late Gothic architectural monuments and gilded as the first palace in Germany. The hilltop castle is a protected cultural asset under the Hague Convention.
We saw many porcelain artifacts and learned a lot about the history associated with them. On a picturesque square in old Meissen is the Zieger Bakery, where we tried the Meissen Fummelkuchen. Dating back to the 18th century, this local specialty is an edible balloon with a small paper crust dusted with icing sugar and completely hollow. Cute but don't haggle, rather opt for the tarts.. After a delicious Indian meal at a Punjabi restaurant, we went home with great memories

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Flower meadows for Saxony's butterflies (02.02.2019)

On February 2nd, 2019, our group of four took part in a seminar on flower meadows for Saxony's butterflies.
We have learned that the usual way of caring for our green spaces has led to a drastic decline in butterflies throughout Europe. This also applies to the maintenance of open spaces in the settlement areas. Most butterfly species live in habitats that are free of trees or have only a few trees, such as meadows, dry grassland, ruderal areas, forest clearings, woodland and roadsides. These habitats would eventually overgrow with trees without the influence of us humans through the natural one. Preserving them means grazing or mowing them. Although it is possible with modern mowing sequence technology to completely mow even large areas in one day, the process of succession will become overgrown with bushes and finally with trees. Preserving them means grazing or mowing them. Although it is possible with modern mowing technology to completely mow even large areas in one day, most of the developmental stages of the butterflies that live on such an area at the time of mowing are destroyed. Unfortunately, this is precisely the common practice. The negative effects on butterflies could be reduced by adapting the way of mowing to their lifestyle.

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Our Christmas party (11.12.2018)

On December 11th, 2018 we got together to end the eventful year in a relaxed atmosphere. Two members of the association from India showed us a very interesting presentation about celebrating Christmas in India. It's so different from Germany, very colourful, very loud, above all very happy and boisterous. People also celebrate and dance in many central places such as shopping malls, streets and squares. A photo documentation as a review of the year reminded us of the many joint activities of the year that is now coming to an end.
Over home-baked and specially created dishes, there were many conversations for which there had been no time. We exchanged ideas about what was good and what wasn't so good, and of course about our new ideas and projects.
We are looking forward to the next year!

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Advent wreath making (24.11.2018)

On November 24th, 2018 we made Advent wreaths together with parishioners of the Heilig Kreuz parish. We had a lot of fun creatively tying and decorating these wreaths. We talked about this tradition and how it came about. There was a lot to tell, not just about Christmas. We enjoyed this afternoon. 13 wreaths were created and each one a little different.

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Our autumn festival (13.10.2018)

On a beautiful sunny day on October 13th, 2018, all members of the intercultural garden celebrated the autumn festival together. We planted plants and watered them. Some members prepared barbecues and delicious soups. And we ate, chatted, laughed and had a lot of fun.

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Theme day water (11.10.2018)

We have an exceptionally dry year. In the garden we were and are constantly at
watering our plants. We experienced that day like a few hundred years ago
River courses still looked like man straightened them and the water the old ones
blocked paths. That is one reason why we are becoming more and more involved in our time
have to contend with dangerous flooding and flooding. We were looking for them
largest rivers in Germany on a map and looked to see where the Lockwitz is in
Coswig flows. Or rather, where it should flow, because on our excursion the
Along Auerstraße in the direction of Spitzgrund we only saw the dried-up creek bed.
On the way to the Spitzgrundteich we went through the Friedewald and here we found
dust-dry moss, which normally stores water. the forest is
dried up because of the lack of rainfall. The Spitzgrundteich also has
only half as much water as in previous years. Above the pond is the
Barrel of Lockwitz also dried up. Pines partially display yellow needles and
Deciduous trees often have withered leaves instead of those with beautiful autumn colors.
This excursion showed us how drought affects nature.

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Indian cooking (09/22/2018)

The Kochtreft  in the cooking school Deutsch-International, sponsored by the association Coswig-Ort Variety eV, was an unforgettable event for some members of the intercultural_cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b- 136bad5cf58d_gardens. We learned a lot about the German way of cooking and realized that there are very different cooking methods. We enjoyed working with German cooks and families. We cooked a total of five Indian dishes, Biryani, Zarda, Vada, Sambar and Dahi Bhalle.
Germans found Indian food very tasty, and everyone also enjoyed apple juice and a cherry-vanilla dessert.

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Landeserntedankfest 

(09/14/2018 to 09/16/2018)

The Landserentedankfest vom 14. to 09/16/18 in Coswig was a huge party. It included many interesting activities. Our association   had set up a stand, the children could make butterflies and recognize different garden herbs. It was a three day festival with lots of learning and interactions. A good opportunity for all of us to learn something new and socialize.

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Excursion to Moritzburg  (06.09.2018)

On September 6th, 2018, a group of six from our team embarked on an unforgettable journey to Moritzburg. Es ist eine tolle Stadt und ein sehr attraktives Touristenziel. Wir besuchten Schloss Moritzburg und fuhren mit einem  Pferdewagen through the forest to the lighthouse. We learned a lot of interesting things about August the Strong,  the lakes and the design of the landscape around Moritzburg.

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Our wild bees (08/25/2018)

We won Mrs. Mandy Fritzsche, wild bee representative, for a lecture about these interesting and fascinating insects, which are largely unknown to many of us. 
We got an insight into the diversity of species, the way of life and the possibilities of protection for these animals.

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10 years anniversary (08/11/2018)

Intercultural Garden Association was 10 years old
The celebration of our 10th anniversary was a great success for all of us
and a recognition of our work!
Among our guests were the Saxon State Minister Petra Köpping and the Lord Mayor Frank
Neupold and the mayor Thomas Schubert of the city of Coswig as well as other numerous cooperation partners.
The Minister of State was pleased with this successful event

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In his speech, the mayor emphasized that the intercultural garden in Coswig plays an important role and is needed. There can't be a nicer gift. 
We led our guests - there were about 100 - through our garden and were delighted
the many encounters and fruitful discussions.

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Journey to Berlin (07.06.2018)

On June 7th, 2018 we, a group of 10 people, traveled to Berlin. destination of the journey
was to explore the Intercultural Garden Berlin Lichtenberg and find out about the work
of the people in this garden. This garden is all around
Surrounded by high-rise buildings, forming a valuable green island in the people
of different nations garden together. Children's groups in particular can be found here
contact with nature and are allowed to set their own rules for working in the garden. This
must also be observed, a youth leader pays strict attention to this. We have
various plants, a ceramic oven and also beehives and
of course also reported on our activities in the coswiger garden. It was a very
profitable exchange with coffee and delicious cake.
We also saw different ones during our stroll through the center
Tourist attractions such as the television tower, the Reichstag building with the seat of the
Bundestag, the "Palace of Tears" as a memorial museum of the division of Germany and others
attractive places.
All in all, it was an interesting journey for all of us, which gave us a lot of new knowledge
brought.

Finally meeting under the nut tree again! June 26, 2021

The old walnut tree is our meeting place, here we meet every last Saturday of the month to exchange important information, have happy conversations, give each other advice on . The first honey has been thrown, the cucumber harvest is underway and the sale of these fruits  at the garden gate is going well. And something else: a project of the Heidehof Foundation was approved, thanks  our  treasurer! We are very happy and grateful for that. We enjoyed being together and of course the baked zucchini blossoms and the other homemade treats.

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