At the EcoCostel garden, in addition to the diversity of plants, trees and shrubs that we can see and taste the fruits, we can also smell many kinds of aromas that come from herbs and plants such as sage, rosemary, lavender, melissa, mint, fennel, oregano, borago and many others including the flowers.
When visitors come, Constantin shows them the garden and organizes an aromatic tour, that is like, they pick several kinds of leaves that we will smell and enjoy the aroma of the special oils of each one, the leaves and flowers are known to contain healing essential oils.
Every guest, traveler who arrives at EcoCostel, as soon as he enters the gate he feels that there is something special in this garden, Constantin says that it is because of the diversity that grows in the garden, the vital energy of nature makes you feel better, relaxed and full of life.
The garden looks special and very different from others that are in the village, it is green until late winter, it has created a harmonious path model on which you can walk and quickly reach any part of the garden, the vegetables and the greens grow in plots with the shape of a circle and triangle. Rich in the diversity of crops that grow here, from nut trees, hazelnuts, apple trees, vegetables, flowers, aromatic plants, to wild edible herbs such as dandelion, plantain, goosefoot that Constantin says he also uses in his diet. It is taken from Permaculture and the example we see in this garden is that bushes grow next to each tree, but other smaller plants are next to the bushes.
The owner answers many questions that arise while we tread the paths in the garden, he enthusiastically tells us everything he has discovered in the last ten years since he discovered this model of gardening, it is Permaculture, an ecological and natural model of working with the principles of nature, thus he says we can copy natural ecosystems to imitate the natural environment for our benefit and for everything that lives near us, from microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi to soil macro-organisms, earthworms and insects, all these together create a fertile soil when the natural environment is in harmony and a large part of what grows is then left to be food for these creatures, man being also present in this process, he only has to follow and maintain the balance being involved in organization and maintenance, this is how Constantin sees the things he practices successfully in these years of transformation.
For visitors, he also offer to taste the flavored water that is prepared at the beginning of the tour through the EcoCostel garden, and it is simple to prepare, the leaves of aromatic plants such as sage, rosemary, fennel, melissa, mint, which contain a lot of essential oil, are put in the water and left half an hour, that's how much a faster tour in the garden can take, but there are also people who have many questions and want to discover more, and together with Constantin they can spend a nice and interesting time for a few hours in the garden.
From his experience, I learned that many recipes can be prepared from herbs and plants with flavors, all for our health from infusions and pickles to green juices, sauces and nettle soups, he personally experienced them all successfully including he managed to prepare macerated in alcohol with leaves and flowers of dried herbs and thus obtained an elixir of cure.
I thought that only the summer was an activity for visitors at Constantin's garden, but I also discovered in autumn many fruits of the garden such as figs, Siberian dates or jujubes, dogwood berries something more special and of course the grapes of two varieties Moldova and Bacan. But aromatic plants can also be found throughout the year, starting in early spring when I went and discovered greens such as chard, dandelion, borage, red quinoa leaves that Constantin uses in green juices or smoothies prepared in a blender, adding next to these greens fruits and some mint leaves, melissa, sage they provide an aroma with a special taste.
And to the question of whether it is possible to collect aromatic herbs from the garden in winter, he answered us quickly, of course, many of these crops also keep their leaves in frosts of up to -5 degrees, but the dry ones can also be used directly from the garden, collecting leaves or even shoots, twigs, and then I tasted his special herbal infusions, I had never tasted such an infusion with the taste of black currants, but when infusing it he used blackcurrant twigs and told us that he collects the leaves in the summer and dries them for the winter. And what's more, all kinds of dry herbs that I bought to prepare infusions at home as well, I also received as a gift package of herbs and even seeds with aromas for spices, something particularly rare I discovered at the EcoCostel garden.
Besides our walk and discussion in the garden, here we tasted the leaves of the aromatic plants but also the rare and tasty fruits and berries, you are welcome to discover every season at the EcoCostel garden, because the nature here has something new to offer to the taste but and for eyes every month of the year, I had learned that Constantin has such local visitors who had the idea of coming to visit every season because they wanted to learn in practice from Constantin how to create and take care of such a garden with principles from nature and Permaculture .
Summer, says Constantin, is the richest season in colors and fruits, along with the garden tour we had the opportunity to see the sunset from the balcony of the house, here opens an view of the gardens in the village where the vines grow and the farmers' fields colored in yellow from the sunflowers and the growing grains, but also the rich green color from the cornfields.
In the garden you can find a place for camping , as soon as we stepped into the courtyard of the house, there were cyclist travelers who stopped overnight to rest in a tent right on the garden terrace, to our question, how did they know about you, Constantin told us he replied that he has a profile on several social networks dedicated to international and local tourism. These websites would be couchsurfing , airbnb , warmshowers , workaway .
Who knew there was an insect hotel, this was another amazing discovery at the EcoCostel garden, yes, here is such a house with branches, bark, reeds, grasses where different insects live, they are also part of the ecosystem of nature and the garden , we only knew of bees in hives that are also present at EcoCostel garden. As Constantine tells us, insects are not bad or good or as the world calls them pests, the truth is different but not everyone understands and accepts this fact, he chose not to fight with them but to understand how they can be useful, as it is and it is obvious, birds feed on many kinds of insects and in the same way insects feed on other insects it is another world less visible in the world we live in but it has the balance or we just have to notice it.
Costel's garden is located in the village of Roșu in the southern part of the Republic of Moldova, near the city of Cahul. The owner Constantin is passionate about Permaculture - a model of ecological, durable, sustainable agriculture, where he has a beautiful garden, where he grow a variety of plants, herbs, fruit trees, berry bushes. This local garden offers a variety of organic or wild seeds, plant roots, flowers, shrubs and fruit trees grown from seed.
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