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    The Six German Words You Need To Know For Spring – Including The Schrebergarten



    The following excerpt is taken from the April/May 2018 German – American Journal (Page 23) which was itself taken from an 2 May 2016 article on the Local – news@thelocal.de.

    Here are essential German words for describing your Frühlingsgefühl (spring fever).

    1 – der Frühlingsbote – harbinger of spring

    Birds twittering love songs to one another, baby flowers budding on the trees, restaurants advertising fresh Spargel (asparagus) – these are examples of Frühlingsbote that let you know springtime is coming to Germany.

    2 – die Spargelsaison or die Spargelziet – asparagus season

    To anyone who has lived in Germany at least a year, it’s quite obvious that Germans go quite mad for white asparagus when the season starts up in the spring, only lasting up to mid-June. The traditional meal consists of white asparagus, hollandaise sauce, Black Forest ham (Schwarzwälder Schinken) and boiled potatoes, but you’re sure to see menu specials of all varieties – everywhere you go – this time of year.

    3 – das Naturegefühl – a feeling of oneness with nature

    With the flowers abloom and the grass getting greener, it’s no wonder many Germans start to get a strong sense of Naturegefühl during springtime.

    4 – die Blumenpracht – a magnificent display of flowers

    Be sure to compliment your German friends on their new Blumenpracht, because if there’s one thing Germans love about spring flowers, it’s arranging them in beautiful displays.

    5 – die Bowle – mixed fruit and sparkling wine beverage

    Bowle is to spring and summer what Glühwein (mulled wine) is to winter. This refreshing drink usually consists of wine or sparkling wine with juice, chunks of fruit, sugar and sometimes spirits like vodka or rum.

    6 – der Schrebergarten or der Kleingarten – small gardens outside city life

    Newcomers to Germany might be a bit surprised to see what at first sight appear to be slums on the fringes of cities, though surprisingly lush and green. These little colonies are in fact Schrebergärten, also known as a Kleingärten, that serve as allotment gardens to city folk who want to rent a space outside the hustle and bustle of metropolitan life, kick back and enjoy a little slice of nature. The term Schrebergarten came about in the 1800s when the Industrial Revolution had led to a boom of people moving away from rural life and into the cities to find work. Poor, working class families were living in cramped conditions inside the city and were missing the sunlight and fresh produce they once enjoyed in the countryside. The Schreber Movement emerged, named after a Leipzig academic who wrote about the social and public health consequences of urbanization, Daniel Gottlob Moritz Schreber. This movement proposed the creation of “gardens for the poor” – open spaces where this impoverished group could grow their own food and children could enjoy the benefits of nature.

    Here’s a little more about the Schebergärten from a website for author J. Elke Ertle, who wrote a book about growing up as a girl in West Berlin, Germany just after the end of WWII, titled “Walled In – A West Berlin Girl’s Journey to Freedom.” In the current situation of government curtailing of freedom and perhaps soon food shortages due to the COVID-19 “plandemic,” the following takes on new meaning.

    "The garden movement was not invented by Moritz Schreber, as is commonly assumed, but by a Leipzig school principal. In 1864, Ernst Innozenz Hauschild established the first Schrebergarten by starting a club in cooperation with parents and students and leasing land to provide a playground for the children of factory workers. The children could play and perform gymnastics under the supervision of a teacher. Moritz Schreber had long championed playgrounds for children. Since Hausschild did not want to name the club after the school, he decided to name it in honor of Schreber who had passed away three years earlier. A teacher by the name of Heinrich Karl Gesell planted the first garden.

    Initially, parents gardened while the children played, but eventually the use shifted. Fences went up, and parents created individual garden plots. By the start of World War I, most of the garden plots had already been converted to Schrebergarten plots. During the two World Wars, they became spaces where families could grow badly needed food. The small sheds, initially erected for storage and shelter from the elements served as temporary housing. For many, the gardens were all that kept them from starvation. Later, in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, the Schrebergarten became a weekend destination.

    Owning a Schrebergarten, like anything else in Germany, involves rules. The Bundeskleingartengesetz (Federal Small Garden Law) regulates how large a Schrebergarten can be – the garden plot may not exceed 4,305 S.F. and the shed/cottage, which you may not live in, cannot exceed 258 S.F. – and describes in nine pages every aspect of what is and what isn’t allowed. In addition, there are Garden Club Committees (similar to homeowners’ associations) that set local rules for how high the hedge may be, how often you may grill, etc.

    Today, there are more than one million such gardens in Germany. Together, they cover an area of over 175 square miles. The plots are leased and cost about $1.25/day. They are in high demand, and demand often exceeds supply. Although the Schreber movement started in Leipzig, it is very visible in Berlin where, at the end of the 19th century, workers were granted access to land along railway lines to plant potato patches. These Schrebergarten colonies still exist, and the Berlin association has 500,000 environment-conscious members with 97% using only rainwater for irrigation, 96% composting, 61% refraining from the use of artificial fertilizers and 82% from using chemical pest control. There’s even a move afoot to transform the vast acreage of the decommissioned Tempelhof Airport into a Schrebergarten colony."




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    Never heard or read the label "Naturgefühl" (nature feeling) .

    And it is "Spargelzeit" , not Spargelziet .
    Mk 10:18 What do you call me a good master, no-one is good .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uwe Jens Lornsen View Post

    And it is "Spargelzeit" , not Spargelziet .

    That is correct!
    And I love those Spargel and the Spargel-Zeit!

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