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I'm from Fryslân, the coldest of the Netherlands, and since a year or so I'm renting a piece of allotment for growing veg.

The allotments, Januari last year:


I'll often travel by boat to the allotments. It's handy for transport.
Here I picked up some woodchips, March last year. In the back is the old farm building where I live - I don't own the building, I just rent an apartment in there.


Some more transportation - I need quite a few boatloads of wood to make a bed:


These are some of the locals, in summer they are just across from my garden. Here it looks like they're posing for the picture, but these Friesians just stood there with their butts against the rain, waiting for it to stop. If it's drier, they're fun to watch, as they're playful and active animals:

 
 
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Hello "rowing gardener". I really enjoyed looking at your pictures. Thank you for sharing those. I hope you will post more pictures during your growing season and keep us updated on your progress. What types of vegetables do you grow?
 
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Hi, I forgot to say my full name is Jan Grouwstra, for my nick here I chose to leave out 'Jan' as people then sometimes assume I'm female, while I'm male. 'Jan' happens to be a normal name for males in Europe.

I'll try my hand at any veg or fruit, but I'm turning more and more to cold-weather crops, as they work best here. It's not even cold here, it's very much a sea-climate, but it doesn't warm up much in summer. Plants that require warmth don't thrive well here. Tomatoes, peppers, squashes and such aren't going to yield much, if anything, and greenhouses aren't allowed, so that way I'm restricted.
But I think it's an ideal climate for perennials, as they won't suffer much during our mild winters, while it stays cold enough for them to not bud out too early.
My strawberries and artichokes are still looking green and fresh, so that's how mild the winter is here, we've barely had any frost.

A crop grown too much in my region is the potato, but I do grow some of those as well, like this Scottish potato, 'Red Highlander' and the yellow one is 'Charlotte', a German one.
The Scottish one is a very bright red when washed:


There are some old fruit trees in the orchard here, like this pear:
 
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Howdy J, welcome to permies ! I am looking forward to hearing about, and seeing more of your , gardening there.  It looks like you have a lot of water!
 
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It's nice to meet you Jan. Those are some very beautiful photos you posted. It's great to see people successfully making the most of their environment. It looks like everything is thriving!
 
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