I'm Krisha - a Scandinavian mama and physician, a crafter, and an avid coffee drinker - trying to nudge my family towards a greener lifestyle!


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The balcony garden!

As the height of summer is behind us here in Oslo, I am enjoying the fruits of my balcony garden. It's been such a whirlwind of a summer - we have had so much fun, although I guess I have been on a bit of a blog break. 

I had every intention of keeping up with my blog through the summer with all the extra time I expected to have, but, as we all know, the reality for parents is that we have to hustle around to keep up with our kids at home or on holiday.  (My other excuse is still no broadband at the cabin, which might not be the worst thing in the world.) 

Anyway, it was an awesome summer, culminating with a week in Tuscany.  While I was in Italy, I admired the tomato gardens which seemed to be everywhere.  It seemed like, wherever there was space for a container, a tomato was growing out of it. 

So, in fact, the best part of the summer was yesterday, when I came home to harvest my own ripe cherry tomatos from my own urban balcony.  OK, sure, these were purchased pots of what might be the most overpriced tomatos in the world, but hey, tomatos are always expensive in Norway, and these were the best I ever had.  Seriously. 

Having tended to this little garden all summer I am now motivated to put in a vegetable garden at the cabin next year. One of the reasons I have not started a vegetable garden out there is because the deers apparently love to eat everything green. But late last night I had an idea to fix the problem, which I can noodle on all winter.  After all,  homesteading is all about the planning, right?  Stay tuned to this blog - if my solution works, I'll report it here for you dear readers with a deer problem.

Hope you had a great summer and you are welcome to leave me a link to a summer post on your site in the comments section - I'd love to pop over for a visit! 




About  two weeks ago we were able to enjoy our first potato harvest. Our ”field” consisting of 3 terra-cotta pots housing one potao each on our balcony.  These three potato-mammas started out in Febuary in small glass containers on my kitchen counter in February. I used to do this when I was a medical student – not to grow potatoes but to have the pleasure of something sprouting in my windows.  This February i felt the same need to see green sprouts. But then the kids got fascinated – It had not really occurred to my urban little dwellers  that potatoes grew from well..potatoes. So when  roots and green sprouts was clearly formed we  planted them.  And in may we enjoyed their purple and yellow flowers.


It was such a joy to do watch  my kids  pull out a whole bunch of small new potatoes.  The yield was one dinners worth and so we promptly washed, prepared  and enjoyed our harvest  in a nice family meal. This little adventure was really motivating.  Next year we will try to grow a little patch of potatoes at our cabin.


This move I am trying to make towards a less consumerist , more ”home made” lifestyle is made in baby steps..  I really think it should be possible to live a more ”home made  life” even if you dont move out to a little farm in the country side. Now misunderstand me correctly; I would LOVE to do exactly that. However at this point in my life I do not really have the freedom to do so. Nor do I think that the way to bring about a change towards a more sustainable lifestyle on a more general level.  - I guess I am experimenting really  and learning lots a long the way. Right now I am getting into the concept of urban farming and urban greening. Now I know that potatoes for one dinner does not constitute real food production  but it has made me think that  maybe the way towards a greener inner city life  is treating my home and family as  true homestead, and start planning not only for the next season to come but also for next years harvest!


yellow and lilac



Looking around the blogs it seem Spring is late all over the Northern Hemisphere this year. It has been very cool here in Oslo. I am not complaining though. I like a slow Spring. It gives me time for the proper transition between seasons. The cleaning and putting away of the winter gear, taking out the summer clothes, and, best of all, making something new just for Spring season. I have tilted completely on the combination of yellow and lilac and, with the Oliver+S book Little Things To Sew in my hands, I found some left-over fabrics and made this little ear hat for baby A. She loves it! The pattern is actually a little bit too big for her so I will have to take it in a bit to have it properly protect her little ears on cool Spring mornings. We both just adore it though. I think its the perfect "piece" for her going  into spring beautiful yet very functional.


Or maybe  it's these lovely potato flowers that are causing my color hang up? Yes I am growing potatoes in flower pots in my living room. It is all part of my grand vision for homesteading on the fourth floor - a small step in the direction of urban farming, if you will. I am planning herbs on the balcony and maybe some gralic and a potato tower in the courtyard? I  really want to try out a few different things this year all in the spirit of learning good planning for next year. How is your Spring getting on?



The Primulas are here! On Friday they filed the pavement outside our local florist.  I love the arrival of the Primulas because they come with the sun in the end of February! To me they are such a promise and reassurance that spring will come - so when I by them - which I do every February - I by the seasons first seeds as well. This year we start of with tomatoes, garlic , basil and strawberries. It is a bit to early for my Nasturtiums yet- but, OH! - the joy of getting our hands black with soil!

I have been saving milk cartoons for seedlings for a few weeks now, and Their somewhat messy appearance in the kitchen windowsill just make me smile. The thought of them filling up with little seedlings are so nice!

Strawberry seeds ... summer!

We also planted cress that sprouts really,really fast!

The tomatoes and the garlic get to go into the ceramic pots. The garlic sprouts are so delicious in salads, cut like spring onions. 

The front hall will be so exiting to pas through the next couple of weeks with these seeds starting to sprout and more being planted. I have great plans for the garden at the Island this summer!

And who says you can't follow the seasons from your forth floor city apartment?

Have a great week!