Americans take a staycation und die Deutschen machen Urlaub auf Balkonien!
Although Germans are legally entitled to a minimum of four weeks of vacation per year (many have five, and some six), not everyone takes off to the mountains, to another city, or to another country. Many Germans have Urlaub zu Hause, or more aptly put: Sie machen Urlaub auf Balkonien!
When you take the word "Balkon" and add the "-ien" ending to it, it sounds like the ending of places that you'd like to take a vacation in. Spanien, Kalifornien, Brasilien, Mauretanien...Balkonien.
It doesn't take much to create a beautiful space at home to enjoy your own piece of Balkonien this summer. If you're not going anywhere, take a few tips from the Germans!
Pflanzen Sie Pflanzen!
Plants make everything nicer, and Germans are so good at the container gardens. They're good at all the gardens. (Seriously, have you seen the National Garden Show, the Bundesgartenschau? It'll knock your socks off.) So put your balcony and your time auf Balkonien to good use and plant a Kräutergarten like I did this week:
Hinten sehen Sie das Basilikum, rechts ist der Salbei, und vorne links ist der Rosmarin.
Or perhaps a tomato plant is more your style?