After more than twenty years, the "Zentralverband der Kleingärtner und Siedler (Central Federation of Allotment Gardeners and Settlers) has decided to replace the previous logo with a new one, in a contemporary design. A closer look at the new logo reveals a lot of symbolic significance.
At the top are the colours "red-white-red" as a symbol that we are a federation that operates and is committed throughout Austria. The green in the heart is of course, an expression of our solidarity and responsibility for nature and its protection. The light blue stands for the air, whose purity needs our protection just as much as the water, which is represented by the dark blue. Finally, the different yellow tones remain, which symbolize the sun on the one hand, which gives us strength to grow and thrive, as well as the variety of flowers in our gardens, but of course also for the bees, which represent all insects and have an invaluable asset for our gardens.
The main reason for the establishment of a new logo was the complete redesign of our Federation's homepage, planned for September, as well as the new design of our Federation's magazine "Kleingärtner".
As a service institution for our affiliated associations and societies and their members, it is very important to us to reflect this service character on our homepage. The new homepage will make it even easier for our members to find and use the various services offered by the Central Federation.
In addition to the new, modern structure of the site, there will also be an allotment garden blog in the future, which will dedicate itself to the topic "allotment garden family" in various forms and will support the dissemination of our main topics on social media.
We look forward to welcoming you as a visitor on our new homepage.
All our cabbage species can be traced back to the wild cabbage. They originate from the coasts of the Mediterranean Sea and the European Atlantic coast. In addition to the wild cabbage, the Greeks already knew two cultivated forms of it in the fourth century before Christ.
If in the past, cabbages were pre-cultivated and then planted out. They are mainly directly sown into the ground today. For home-gardens young plants continue to be very practical. Some types of cabbage are also cultivated in poly-tunnels and glasshouses such as, for example, broccoli.
Young plants are cultivated by sowing in the greenhouse already in February. From mid-May till the end of June, you can sow them directly in the garden. The sowing depth should be approximately one centimetre. Germination takes between 10 to 14 days at 15 to 18 degrees. Planting can take place from the end of April until the middle of July, 7 to 8 weeks after sowing. Later sowings will be planted after 4 to 5 weeks. The planting distances should be between 40 x 40 and 50 x 50 centimetres. Young plants planted directly in the garden should be covered until the end of May. An abundant supply of water and nutrients is important. Broccoli should follow itself only every 3 to 4 years. An unsuitable crop rotation also exists with cucumbers, pumpkins and other cruciferous vegetables. The harvest extends from early June until October, when the inflorescence has budded. The main shoot is cut off about 10 to 15 centimetres below the flower. About 18 days later the side shoots can also be cut out. Autumn harvest is less endangered by premature shooting. The culture period lasts between 12 and 14 weeks.
Broccoli has a very high requirement in nitrogen-potassium and phosphor. Fertilisation is administered with one soil fertilisation and two head fertilisations corresponding each to one third of the total fertiliser requirement.
Ethylene secretions from other vegetables and fruit reduce broccoli storage time. If you store broccoli, the plant will soon flower. When buying broccoli pay attention that they have dark green and solid roses. Broccoli lasts longer if you place chipped ice on the florets.
Dr. G. Bedlan
More than 100 years ago the first allotment garden colony was founded in Vienna. Today there are around 36,000 allotment garden plots, which are larger than the 7 smallest districts of Vienna combined. With the allotment garden association 'Zukunft auf der Schmelz', Vienna even has the largest allotment garden complex in Europe in a densely built-up area. While these gardens were once important for food production, today they are primarily small leisure oases with great significance for the climate, biodiversity and well-being of all Viennese people.
As said, allotments have been part of Vienna for over 100 years. So, it is time to present these refuges in the middle of the big city as they really are. KleingartenTV has created a documentary film for the ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Corporation) showing what makes Vienna's allotments so special. From the beginning to the present day.
The historian and author Peter Autengruber knows the stories of Vienna's allotments like no other and so he knows the interesting stories from the history of allotments in Vienna. Never-before-seen film footage from the archives of the central federation bring history to life and offer worth seeing insights into a time long past.
A time that Elisabeth Meindl experienced herself. She lived in an allotment garden in Vienna for almost 94 years and was kind enough to share her childhood and youth memories with the viewers of the documentary. Stories about the story of a contemporary witness.
Wilhelm Wohatschek, the president of the Central Federation, has dedicated his life to allotment gardening in Austria and we will present the achievements of the Central Federation for the existence and continuation of these small gardens to a large audience in this 25-minute documentary.
But it is not only the allotment gardens that make Vienna something special. It is above all the allotment gardeners. Using Helga Lang and the Floridsdorf women's group as examples, we show how important these people are for society and what great things can be made of small things.
The biodiversity study conducted by university lecturer Gerhard Bedlan of AGES (agency for health and food security) on behalf of the Central Federation shows how important allotment gardens are for life in the big city. The results are fascinating.
Of course, KleingartenTV also makes a foray through the shelters, the harvest fields and orchards and through the allotment gardens themselves in the documentary for the ORF.
The broadcasting of this documentary took place on Saturday 9th March 2019