ENORMOUS ONZE Greenhouse Allotment Garden Tour | Almere, Netherlands
My. First full day in, the Netherlands. Was. Spent with late-bloomer, followers, Paul, Silla, fell. He. Came to dree Bergen to pick me up from Becky's and drive, me to almera the, newest city of the Netherlands, which. Was built on land reclaimed. From, the sea. The. First house was, finished in 1976. And by. 2017. Almera. Had over 200,000. Citizens. Approximately. 120,000. Are Dutch, natives. 17,000. Are European. Immigrants, with. 65,000. Non-european. Immigrants. 1/3, of which are. From Suriname, the, former Dutch colony, and smallest. Country, in South, America. Well. I can hardly believe it but, I am standing. In almera the, Netherlands, and I. Am at homes ax bollocks, done' which. Is a. Huge. Glass-enclosed. Allotment. And i am with my new friend paul sola Feld who. Has been following late-bloomer. For three years and claims. That I have inspired him to grow a garden. Right. That's right, and. Paul. Hayek. Been appalled. But. Financially, the same they also. Steiner on the class and equally. So. Let's go check, it out. Velcome. Paul. Has, an allotment at owns a, former. Glass-enclosed. Flower nursery, turned, community. Allotment, garden the. First of its kind in the, Netherlands, ohms. Which. Means our in English, was. Developed, by ron van sweat a former, Rose grower who, wanted to work directly with his customers, there. Were lush green, gardens, under glass as far, as the eye could see. Follow. Me. We're. Here at on sir the allotments. Many. People, draw. Children. And vegetables. Such. Life. Let. Me have a look, such like, chumina. Eggplants. Called. Boulanger. Okay. Of. Course they've got coal, plants. Many. Mice on this place everywhere. Corn. Corn. This. Is all, so serene. And. Vegetable. Very. Healthy, and. It's. Called, gamma, very how. Do you eat it and you can walk, it in a pan or you can, eat it in your green smoothie, ah, very. Nutritious, very, nutritious, and then we go on there are many peppers. All. Kinds. Of peppers, and they, grow them on a thread. String. String, on a string. Yes. Because, you can grow vertically grow vertically. You're. A cucumber. And, your tomatoes, on a string, should, be cherry, tomatoes. Or. The bigger ones. Absolutely. Loaded. They're. Ripe already. Almost. This. One is a little snack. Cucumber. I don't. Know the name it. So. Can you put a fence around your allotment if you want to yeah you can put a faster, laugh but not higher than. One. Meter 50, this, is Malabar, spinach this is Malabar, spinach, wonderful. Or. Serene. And people call it called it boy boy.
Serena. Like. The green big, apples, sour. No. Over. My right is. Venice. Idealist. He's. Got a really, a great area. Which. Is gardening, well. Many. Tomatoes, and, you. Smell. It I do, it's. Netherlands. It called about NATO here and. It's, very nutritious, for. The. For. The plants we take all the nitrogen, of. It mm-hmm, let's see your place yes okay, we're, going to my place okay, although me all right okay. My place is down here. Hi. Agnes. Hi. My. Other neighbor. Garden. Oh. Wow. It's, just. Amazing. This. Is a pumpkin. We. Have another, sure, enum vegetable. That's. Called Claire ohm in. Dutch very, healthy. And. Now we're heading into my garden okay, you're. Welcome. How. Do you say welcome in Dutch welcome. I. Learned. That, to protect the fertile clay soil of the former, zai dersy, no. Chemicals, or pesticides are. Allowed, they. Embrace natural. Biological, control. Of pests. We're. Starting here I've, got my, strawberries. In a tower but, I prefer, them in pots because. They grow much better golden. Beets. Beets. Throughout. My garden, there, are, grown. Tomatoes, which. I'm very, fond of and, chart. Over. Here very nice, colors, these. Are the blueberries. This. Is broccoli. And. Tomatoes. Already. With. The, silicon. This. Is a. Big. One it's, called, absent. And. These, are very small ones called, dancing, with Smurfs. Then. They're the dark, one. Like. A blueberry, blueberry. Yeah, yeah, yeah how, many varieties do you have growing I've, got. 21. Varieties. How, many plants do you have I've got 40. Plants Wow. And. You've got bees in here and yeah. And I've got some row of carrots. Carrots. And tomatoes yeah. I don't know if that goes well but, we'll, see at the ends. Here. I've got something else there are peanuts. I've, been. Imported. Them from. America. The, red penis well, for now it's the white Valencia. So. I'm over there and. Over. Here this. Is, something. Nice - that's. A melon. Bear. I don't, recognize that he. Blooms here here. Big. Sweet. Apples. They taste like an, honest. Pair. This. Dilla. Beautiful. In, Dutch we say boo our goal is, this lovage yeah, love it yeah love, us, just seen.
That That's awesome. And. You've got. Kale. Kale, over here is my bear. Growing. Discipline. You're like an Espanola. This is comfrey you can put the leaves in water and, then it gives very much fertilizer exactly. Yeah these are my pepper. More. Kale lacinato, kale that's. Called. Lacinato. A lot Sanada that's. What we call it okay we call it in Dutch we call it bellum call it's, called, North. Carolina. Pink. And I'm, gonna be big these, are purple beans oh it. Started, here already to be oh yeah. A. Flower. It's. Huge, yeah it's yours yeah you've, got a lot of corn in a tiny, space so that's gonna be interesting. Yeah. That's gonna be a means. Here. We have these, are scarlet runners right these are scarlet runners, yes beautiful and these are, soldier, beans these, are a little, white bean she listened to rock driving. And. When. He's right he's got, a silhouette. Of a, soldier, on it in back. Wow, it's very nice. I've. Got them in the garden. Center okay. Okay, this is the. Industry. Say collar bones. It's. A pseudonym. Vegetable. It looks familiar I can't it is a being some long bean. New. Ceilings, spinach. And, this, is, a weed must, go out. Here. And. With weeds are just lay down on the ground and they're gonna. The. Worms are, gonna take it nice. I've. Got two. Two. Strings and they're not here. Mm-hmm and then tighten. And round. Not. Too tight because. The stem is gonna be bigger and then, you're gonna, have. These. You. Just when, it grows you, take. Out the suckers, you. Just gonna. Roll. It around, and. Grow like this and then out something, and, about six feet so, you can reach it yeah, I'll, come every day and I spend about a quarter. Giver. Of water take, a leaf. For my green. Smoothies. On my day off I stay, longer yeah. Cuz. You like it because I like it. Just. I, like also sitting, there and watching everything I think you need an umbrella though yes. Is. This about the temperature, that it usually is in here a few, days ago it, was 30, degrees, outside, and. Inside. I think 36. Deaths. Was. A quick water and, then. I'm lost melting. Tell. Me about your sweet potatoes, because they look so healthy I take. One, potato from, the store put. It in a glass of water and then let, the runners come out and, take. Them off and put them in a glass of water and those. Runners I've set, here in this I. See. They're reaching. Out into your pathway. Here so every, day. I'm. Taking, them back I'm. Leading. Them this. Side. 90s. 97. Degrees out here, tell, your cool. Season vegetables. Not. Wilting, in this heat, Oh or, bolting. That's, what I don't understand, me. Neither. And. Over there. You. Ordered. It from Thailand, yes, okay. This. Is my girl, goji, berry our. Industry. Say go Eva Galli listen, and, I. Hope this. Year some. Berries gonna grow on it and, you're growing it like esplanade, I'm growing it like explan. Esplanade mm-hmm. And the. Meaning is that those bumble. Branches, are. Gonna be. Placed all over here. And then, it can, grow my. Name is Lisa this, is the my allotment welcome. And, I'm. Growing several, vegetables, like bitter. Melon, which is over there and. Effect. Which is native to my country Suriname, and. This, is called an trauma and, it's. A quite. A bitter apple apple, ish type of fruit which. Can, be eaten, with. Beef. Or, any fish. Even and it's. Wonderful, it's very healthy as well how, long have you been growing your own food Oh like. For, the past three, years now, and how, has it changed your life, tremendously. And, it's. Been such a wonderful. Event. Of, growing, your own food. Knowing. What you're growing how it's growing what. You're eating and, it's. Very beneficial of, course for your health. Right, right, it's really, hot here now when, do you do your gardening, either. In, the early, morning or the late evenings. When. It, absolutely. Less. What. Is your favorite thing to grow and why Oh, which.
Is Bitter, melon, and why, because, it's really. Really. Really healthy the most bitter fruit are the most healthiest, fruits. We. Get a lot of bananas but I'll just have to be patient it. Would take me year more then. We would have some bananas, here and, got. A lot of peppermint. All kinds of peppermints, that's the citroen strawberry. That's just a normal one that's the the peppermint, boomin. It's. A month on automatically. And often, a mismatch it's, a bit, of muddy but, this is all what, I have for the moment my, tomatoes. And some. Typical certain, amis, fetch. You the boss here. It's. Just coming up slowly slowly, slowly, hi. My, name is holly hunter and, I was born in Suriname I'm, living, here in an analyst for more than 35, years this. Is my beautiful, organic. Garden and I love gardening because I know what, I'm eating and, I. Just, advise everyone to do the same that's. Awesome, this. One a lot of clarin and it, also has an indian name they call it bucky I am. Sitting we're the mastermind. Behind. This, amazing, garden, and this is Ron what's your last name concentrate, yeah. Punch. It. Punch it, yeah. Tell. Me how you, got the idea to do this, amazing, thing yeah, I was before. A rose flower. For. Mine I was professional, well squalor and I looked for an alternative for, the Bellflower it. Go in bed with the roses so, I look for something different. And I wanted. Something. Produce, and I have I'd, be coming to the customer, so, to the end a bright. Guy. I. Thought, about this, idea and. Ask. A few people if they like it and they like it and I started, five, years ago, Ron, was just telling me that he. Was the first to do the enclosed. Indoor. Allotment. Garden and, now, three. Or four other places in Holland, Friday do leash uh-huh, and if. You don't grow, inside, in Holland, is it impossible no. No you could go outside there's only a few months a year you start in April. May and ends. In the Oakridge. September, for the better in the mean time is you can quote I'll try it no it's too cold too cold so. This enables how, many people do you have. Participating. I'll be growing quickly, for this moment 200 250 people who I mean. 200. And. Some. Have bigger than others yeah be explode, from 12 square meter till were on, the square meter Wow, so it's just how much people want to afford yeah, yeah, and what do you charge for an allotment and. Plot from 12, square meter we the people pay 22. Euro a month, 22. Euros yeah, this exists, about the, biological, animals. Compost. It's, included. So. For. 22, euros a month you. Not only get the ground which. Is enclosed, so, you can grow all year, but, you get the compost, there, are community, wheelbarrows. So you don't have to buy those, that major tool yourself, and. You. Have plant exchanges. And plant sales there's a lot of community, and important, is, the. Club I'll article here so, hefting code biological, the. Pest. Management. Is, biological. So, they. Share. Or, you provide. Ladybugs. Lace wings and. Another. Insect, that you provide, slight. Whisper yes I don't know the name okay okay, well. This. You can find, for the, base. Together they have beehives, so. You have these yeah. Living. Here, the. Windows are open so, these theoretically. Could come in native, bees right yeah. People. Come here and they, learn from each other they talk with each other and they learn a lot of new things over. The vegetables over, what they eat what they gotta do how, they benefit, problem they help each other it's, really nice and. I'm noticing you have a real, multicultural. Yeah farmers. Here yeah. Yes. Also, the, dish people with a lot of people come from Shiva namah or, China, or Taiwan, a lot of things I never know about it never heard about it, I mean. If okra. Dyer. Blood it's, a. Topical. Crops. With. You what, I'm finding, really interesting, here is that I'm seeing what, we consider to be cool season crops, growing. In this is like 95. To me this is like 95, 97, degree, heat out here and they're, not wilting, they're.
Not Know. That they. You, give them here's, your water so they have a lot of water and there's, no women. Wind. Means. Yeah and, the wind makes, a lot of plants coming. It's. Control, a little bit control, every, plot has his own. What. A top, point, and the. Water is coming from the rain I. It's. Falling, down on the class it's. Come together in a big base machine, and. I. Used it for the plants it, was only raining. Water how, many gallons of water do you have in. Your in your storage facility, thousands, cubic. Meter water. There's. A lot of what a. Human, self in the summertime the. Rainfall mostly, in the wintertime and. We use the most water in the summertime so yeah this. Rainwater yeah. Wow. That's. Amazing. This. There's. Nature yeah, well. Its nature, but you. Have a great hand in it in a success of it yeah there, we do it together it is not only me my, customers, everybody, we do it together right, that's. Really we, do it together yeah. Coming. From off the roof you, go inside. Of. Course. Oh wow. Let's. Go out and see yeah. No. Way to go upside down Oh tomatoes. Yes. It just because, all. Of them in the ground have blossoms, and. This one cuz blossom and fruit first, they said are you from Surrey now monster normal so yes did you grow. Up here I grow up here yes, oh okay. How long have you been in the allotment, yeah, uh-huh. I start November, yes. And from the beginning on everything, started growing, Wow. How much time have you put into this cuz it's all four three. Four times a week if, I if I'm free from work I've come in the in the morning before, it's to eat. What. Is this garden. Beans, garden. Being Carnaby's yes the, big beans yes you're. Gonna like this oh okay. That's, also from Serena stop Serena that's, why I'm Shirley now this. Means. What. They take on the Guru like this you've, got everything, all mixed together together, yeah so you got cabbage, with. Eggplant. Yeah, I. Heard, from Ian that a few few plants are helping each other your. Friends. I'm. Looking which one our friends then I put in there together so you've learned a lot just since October, yes, yes. Even, our food we, had the garden, also in, Surrey now yes right now I'm and yet also you, hear from soursop, I put, a beam. And. It's growing so we will not be big but I'm glad that is growing so I can use the leaves for tea. Blood pressure, oh that's. Wonderful wonderful. The. Rain falling on the roof and, come together in the pipes the plastic pipes that, were in the pipes outside. Did. You have that before with the roses, yeah. Yeah, oh okay. Yes. I've seen these in the u.s.. Beautiful. I think. It's maybe, now I have. To grow basil I have a real problem growing, basil. Ryan. Grows tomatoes, for a restaurant in this section here, and they, look absolutely stunning. Yeah, how, many varieties to, grow, I think. They appear in ten. Varieties, and, I see you have these yeah. Of course for the best, ivy in. The UK and here I'm just seeing bumblebees, what, we call bumblebees the black in the yellow I've got almost, yeah. You, bring them in and they. Fly the whole day but. When this outside coat or, Moebius don't fly the inside, is always nice data so they, feel it and they come out of there oh yeah. Oh yeah maybe, when we have flowers, in, a bit of time we don't have tomatoes oh, we. Start in, March, with tomato plants in cucumbers, oh okay even inside even. If it, is too, cold and not enough light for night the lights are right because they have these very, long days, in the summer it gets light like at 4:00, a.m. yeah. It's starting 11. O clock and, it goes it's, light until 10:30 p.m. yeah yeah so. And, then in the winter what is it when does the Sun come up in the winter, anything. Work and, then it goes down, slice. At, 5:00 so, so, you don't have enough Sun hours it was some innovative time we gotta finish something right yes, but I'm you we under here you can grow some things right, all winter Oh Angelica vegetables. And variety, of the. Salad. Onions. Dutch. Names. Cabbage. Broccoli yeah. All the things that don't flower this. Is in, the summer vegetables, flower, and that's when the bees come out just week loaded plenty, in the bhagavata see so they're growing their vegetables, in the bottom what was the bottom of the sea and it was drained yes, they put dikes around, yeah remembering. In grade school you, learned about Holland, putting the dikes around. Five, meters, well sit here 5 meters 5 meters yeah, 5, meters of water used to be right. Here, and now. They can grow all this stuff because the bottom of the sea is so mineral. Rich you're right in fact you can pick up seashell.
Pieces. Of seashell right out of the soil here please and you're telling me that, you, graft tomatoes. Tomato, and cucumber are, you grow grafted, tomatoes so. You buy them that way yeah. Because. The. Stronger. Roots. Much. More, tasty, for tomatoes, with, strong roots is, this something that the home gardener can do, no. That's not easy I do not buy myself somebody. Will do that every day do that for me but when you have a contract to provide tomatoes to a restaurant you can't have, big mistakes. This. Is one of the biological controls be, used for, efforts. If. It's okay the. Clove and they come out when the. And. This has already happened here, yeah yeah, yeah, Wow. You should apply I do. It's. For this Chevy show, okay. And what do they kill white. Flesh oh yes, okay, tips, there, are 1500. Mites, in this book okay they're coming out that is small four. Or five weeks they're, gonna hatch and all come out yeah they're, coming into the. Plant and looking for the for the eat and they are angry that everything, here, you are creating, habitat, for beneficial. Insects. So. That they crawl in here make homes, in here and you're using a coffee filter you, just put it around and encourage. Your beneficial, insects, to live there so, you're constantly looking. And finding problems. And all, they're looking for, all day and. In searching for solutions, and, then you bring it in to the garden and offer it up to your customers, well. That's, my job. We're. Gonna try, Giovanni's, carrot, that. Is. Tender, and, juicy. And. Flavorful. Thank, you. Mmm. Thank. You so much Ron yeah III think what Ron is doing here is absolutely amazing. Because he he's offering, the opportunity, for a lot of ordinary people. To to. Be self-sufficient, and they'd. Like it to cold vegetable, they are happy they're, really happy yeah everyone's, happy yeah, grow. Your own food and you're happy, that's. Important, biological. Food for, everybody. This. Is a. Place. Where I work this is Almia plants, big. Garden, center, and this, is my section where, I work the plants. To, grow and. You have seeds and I have, seats, over. There too. And tools, and. Growing. Things, and you. Love working and I love working here five, days a week, after.
Paul Treated, me to a late lunch at the garden center it was time to hit the road, back to dreamers very flat here we vowed to be best friends forever, which I have a lot of trees these. Through arms. Vegetables. Wow. This, was whole scene. This. Was all under water. That's. All 60. Goodness. How. Much of the power in this country is. Renewable. Energy. Solar. Wind, not. That much. And I, hope to, be back. You.