Today I want to tell you about German dachas, show German gardens and walk through the main differences between their dachas and ours , let's get started!
Recently, I already talked about summer cottages in the USA, or rather about their absence. There are either farms where vegetables are grown on an industrial scale, or their homes with a small plot, which usually grows only flowers, bushes and other ornamental plantings.
However, in Germany everything is different, there, like us, there are gardens with vegetable gardens! True, there are “small” differences from our gardens…
As we all know, Germany is a country of order, laws and other things, gardens are no exception, the first difference is that the Germans are not like that around Dozens of small clusters of plots are scattered around the city.
Not far from each city, and sometimes even within its boundaries, there are several garden communities, usually there are very few of them, literally a couple, but they are quite large, they can accommodate a huge number of plots, here we move on to the next difference … This is the maximum area, which is only three acres including houses and the garden itself.
What do we have? A couple of suburban communities near the city that contain a huge number of tiny garden plots.
Above is a photo of one of these communities, pay attention to the size of the houses, this is another difference, the area of u200bu200bhouses is also limited, so even on your own site you can’t build a huge house, a maximum of a small summer house. In addition to the house itself, a terrace is allowed, a small shed for the household is also allowed, but nothing else, no pools, baths and other things.
Trees taller than 10 meters and fences taller than 1 meter are prohibited on the site, apparently so as not to embarrass neighbors by blocking them the sun. By the way, also a certain percentage of the area should cover a well-groomed lawn, apparently so that people could not turn their plot into one big garden bed, as some of our gardeners do. Why? There are no fences, it will be more pleasant for your neighbors to look at your green garden than for us to look at one big garden bed.
As you can see in the photo, most of the houses are quite small, but all plots are immediately connected to water and electricity.
The plot itself, like among Americans, it has a more decorative role.Most often, flowers, bushes, trees are grown here, of course, there should also be some vegetables and fruits, usually in small greenhouses. Rather, to make a salad from “our” once a week than for a real harvest, not to mention preparations for the winter.
Houses inside are usually minimalist, but still more decorative than practical. Pensioners here refer to the dacha rather than as a harvesting place, but as a replacement for a fitness room. lawn, watered the flowers, warmed up pretty well, then rested reading a book on the couch as in the photo above, and went home, why not fitness?
This is the philosophy of German dachas, what do you say about this?