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WECYCLEBRANDENBURG: INSPIRATION AND TIPS FOR EXPLORING BERLIN’S HINTERLAND BY BIKE

WECYCLEBRANDENBURG: INSPIRATION AND TIPS FOR EXPLORING BERLIN’S HINTERLAND BY BIKE

Still don’t know how you are spending the long weekend? How about a bike tour amidst the idyllic Brandenburg plains to escape the stress of lockdown life? Wecyclebrandenburg is the ideal source of inspiration for such an excursion. Daniela Pensold, who created this two-wheeled exploration platform, has been an enthusiastic cyclist since childhood. Her mission? To give you the opportunity to discover the spaces and sights of Brandenburg by bike, whether on your own or as part of a guided tour. On Daniela’s site you can choose from a variety of long and short day tours – there’s something that suits all desires and stamina levels. The pages also give useful tips and detailed route information to get you on your way. And if you want to give a loved one the gift of nature, you can also buy vouchers for Daniela’s tours. With the route and waypoints taken care of, all you need to do is grab your bike and go! (Text: Sophie Döring / Photos: Madlen Krippendorf & Wecyclebrandenburg)

Wecyclebrandenburg
@wecyclebrandenburg

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LEARNING FROM NATURE — PLANT WORKSHOPS IN THE FOREST FROM AVANTGARDENLIFE

LEARNING FROM NATURE — PLANT WORKSHOPS IN THE FOREST FROM AVANTGARDENLIFE

Want to boost your knowledge about the natural world? Avantgardenlife, founded by Australian-born artist Tash, is your ticket to green knowhow. Producer of tinctures, ointments, flower essences and fermented foods, Tash can teach you how to use nearby plants and herbs responsibly yourself at one of her workshops, which are the perfect introduction to botany. The moon guides your learning: at full moon, water rises to the upper parts of plants like the flowers and stems before falling towards the roots with a new moon. After a cup of tea and meditation in Tash’s garden just east of Berlin in Strausberg, you head off into the forest where you can collect your own plants and wild herbs, before learning how to make customized remedies for your body. To prepare yourself for the woods, why not stop by Daheim Manufaktur this Friday (29.05.) for the Herbalism, Ferments & Witchy Things pop-up shop from Hexenküche, where Tash will be consulting on minor health problems and offering her remedies between 16 and 19h. Best book a slot online beforehand and see for yourself how versatile and valuable natural products can be. (Text: Hanna Komornitzyk / Photos: Sam Sesemann, Barbara Cilliers-Pistorius & Avantgardenlife)

AvantGardenLife: The next plant workshops will take place at full moon on 07.06.2020 and with the new moon on 20.06 and 21.06. All other dates can be found online.
Hexenküche Pop-Up Shop: Herbalism, Ferments & Witchy Things
Daheim Manufaktur, Dieffenbachstr.68, 10967 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
29.–30.05.2020, 10–19h 
@avantgarden.life

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NEW VENICE: THE KÖPERNICK SUMMER SPOT FOR SIGHTSEEING, NATURE AND CANOEING

NEW VENICE: THE KÖPERNICK SUMMER SPOT FOR SIGHTSEEING, NATURE AND CANOEING

Venice is far away – indeed at the moment it’s unreachable. New Venice, on the other hand, is just around the corner. Officially, the area is part of Köpenick, but strolling along the branched waterways and narrow bridges in this enchanted oasis, you get a real holiday feeling. A bit like Venice, you might say – just without the crowds and the noise. Start your stroll by turning left from Fürstenwalder Allee onto the small Rialtoring path, from which several canal-lined side paths run. A nice stopover is the Rialto bridge, which, though less imposing than the Venetian original, offers an idyllic view towards the Müggelspree. On the way back, the New Venice beer garden and restaurant is worth a stop, with apple strudel and waterside views for vacation vibes. For those who prefer some activity on their holidays, you can also rent canoes and paddle boats at various rental stations (e.g. 13kanus) around the area so you can explore the numerous canals from the water. (Text & Photos: Lisa Staub)

New Venice: from S-Bahn station Wilhelmshagen take the 161 bus to Schönblicker Str; map

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HOME GARDENING FOR BEGINNERS — EASY GREENS ON YOUR WINDOWSILL WITH GRÜNEO

HOME GARDENING FOR BEGINNERS — EASY GREENS ON YOUR WINDOWSILL WITH GRÜNEO

Three weeks ago we featured a grow kit for little ones. This one here from Grüneo is for the grown-up growers. Many of us in the city don’t have the luxury of space for a garden, and that’s why founders Alicia and Lena put their heads together to develop a garden in a box. With Alicia’s business background and Lena’s horticulture expertise, they have created a kit for indoor windowsill gardening that includes everything you need: substrate, seeds, plant-based fertilizer, pots and sticks – plus a starter guide with easy instructions. There’s the option of a Herb Box with purple basil, parsley, and chives, or a Veggie Box with cherry tomato, red leaf lettuce and multicolour chili for those who enjoy a little spice in their cooking. The boxes are completely organic, plastic-free, vegan and regionally sourced, and once your seeds are fully grown you’ll have produce that’s locally sourced too – right from your windowsill. (Text: Scarlett Peeters / Photos: Savannah van der Niet, Simon S & Alicia Ferrer)

You can order Grüneo’s boxes on their website.
@gruneobox

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GREENCADEMY STARTER KITS FOR LITTLE GARDENERS — RECOMMENDED BY SONIA LAGO

GREENCADEMY STARTER KITS FOR LITTLE GARDENERS — RECOMMENDED BY SONIA LAGO

Last week I was given a Greencademy grow box for my son. These kits, developed by sisters Jelena and Zeljana, let children grow their own vegetables and learn about nature in a playful and easy way. My four-year-old is now planting his first vegetable garden, doing all stages himself: adding water to the soil tablets in the provided coconut-fiber pots, sewing the organic radish and lettuce seeds into the soil before learning to be a bit patient! When, after five days, seeds finally sprouted from the earth, he was delighted. In the evening before going to bed, he reminds me how important it is to water his plants tomorrow, and continues to regularly check his garden, always amazed at how the greens grow bigger every day. Together we are looking forward to tasting our own vegetables from the small harvest – in three weeks according to the easy-to-follow instructions. These small boxes of greenery can currently be ordered directly from the Greencademy online shop. (Text: Sonia Lago / Photos: Rei Matsuoka)

Sonia Lago is Swiss with Spanish roots, and lives with her husband and child in Prenzlauer Berg. She is a self-employed Strategist.

Greencademy kits are available online.
@greencademy

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