Close to the heart of The Hague, you’ll find the Clingendael Park. And only a bike ride away, you get to the allotments which form the community garden or approximately 35 volkstuintjes, which together form a kind of cooperative. On a beautiful Friday evening, all members got invited for home-made drinks and food, to celebrate the beginning of the summer. It was a great opportunity for me to take some photos and hear more about this particular piece of land and everything that grows there. It is behind a big fence, but you are welcome to look around.
Black berries, strawberries, raspberries, I got to taste them all. Pumpkins started to grow, as well as tomatoes, paksoi and zucchini, and if you treat them well, they’ll give a great harvest. Of course, there are lots of flowers, depending on the season (and the owner of the plot). In the beginning of the year, there is a kind of lottery, so you never really know which plot will be yours for that forthcoming year. The neighbouring farmer provides the manure. The members built their own well, so that they always have additional water if rain falls short.
The main problem is taking good care of your plot. If you don’t attend to it regularly, it will be covered in weed in no time, which is not looked well upon. In fact, you may then risk loosing your membership. There are always plenty of others on the waiting list.
Not so for those celebrating on that Friday evening. They were very knowledgable and managed to take a lot of produce home, on their bikes of course!