Zlarin Island Port and an Old Sails Regatta

Regattan is held every year with participants from nearby settlements. Other sport and culural events take place during the summer season.

Put Marina Zlarin Island Resort

Zlarin is a small island of the Dalmatian coast of Croatia near the mainland city of Šibenik. Administratively, it is part of the Šibenik-Knin County.

The Artichoke Garden

In North Africa, where it is still found in the wild state, the seeds of artichokes, probably cultivated, were found during the excavation of Roman-period Mons Claudianus in Egypt. They are one of the healthiest veggetables.

The real friends are always welcome.

I am listening to the sea. I'm here. And the sea tells me. You are here. Stay. you are here. It's your home.

Dalmatian Garden Put Marina Zlarin

Dalmatia is my land with pristine blue sea and islands in abundance.

Garden Put Marina Garden Vegetables and Fruits

Dalmatia is my land with Mediterranean heritage climate and specific cuisine.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Winter Garden Season

The Year End Gardening Put Marina Zlarin

Cabbage Winter Salad New Onions New Fava Beans Artichokes all grow well due to rainy season and mild temperatures this winter. For now... Awaiting spring and new habitants.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Agriculture in Croatia

Agriculture for the 21st Century that we need in Croatia

At the conference "Croatia we need - agriculture for the 21st century", which was held on October 4th 2017 at the hotel Esplanade, the challenges and future of agriculture in Croatia were discussed, as well as how to promote modern and sustainable production, with better use of the EU's generous funds.

On the Conference there were panels about introducing new technologies and crop insurance, about possible and feasible ways of associating farmers, and about what needs to be done to make the two key economic branches - food production and tourism - better connect. Minister of Agriculture Tomislav Tolušić had an opening presentation and Finance Minister Zdravko Marić with the Prime Minister, were present.

The "Croatia we need" is a project by Večernji list Newspaper, and the conference "Agriculture for the 21st century" Večernji list is carried out with the support of its specialized portal Agrobiz.hr. The conference has, amongst, discussed the promotion of modern and sustainable production, the use of EU funds. The introduction of new technologies and crop insurance, merging the association of farmers, and the linking of food and tourism production.

The Croatian Rose Put Marina Zlarin Dalmatia

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Permaculture Design Course

Permaculture Design Course in  Zlarin Croatia

September, island of Zlarin will host 72-hours Permaculture Design Course

If you were thinking how to grow your own food, build a house with non-industrial materials, or to move out of a city in the future… You were probably thinking of permaculture. This September, island of Zlarin will host 72-hours Permaculture Design Course. It is a chance to attend an international PDC this summer, and to visit Adriatic coast at the same time. In the end of summer, the tourist crowd on Zlarin is finished, so visitors can enjoy great weather (still very warm) and empty beaches on a very quiet island. Centuries old tradition of coral harvesting on the island existed due to very clean sea. Another curiosity is that Zlarin is one of several Croatian car-free islands. Croatia is a good place to learn permaculture: though there aren’t many developed projects yet, this country has one of most vital and fastest growing permaculture scenes in Europe. Some of leading Croatian teachers (Ivan Gregov, Damir Šeler) will give lectures and workshops at this course, it is the team of educators with 10 years of experience. This PDC offers an international certificate, the language is English. As always with PDC, the main focus is on redesign of living spaces into self-sustainable systems.

Artichokes Put Marina Zlarin

During 10 intensive days, the course covers: - introduction - 5 elements and 5 catastrophes - what is the present state of environment and society? - basic permaculture principles - zones, sectors, patterns, landscape reading, - soil and plants - analysis and methods for soil improvement, composting, mulching, gardening, - water management - harvesting, recycling, reed bed, compost toilet, aquaculture, - sustainable housing and building techniques, off-grid and DIY energy solutions, - organization - urban permaculture, alternative economy, alternative decision making, sustainable communities. During last three days of the course, participants will design their own future projects.

Who could benefit from such a course?

In Croatia, great respond to PDC was from gardening enthusiasts, those who plan to build an eco-house, or to move to a countryside. Or those who want to make an action group in town, garden on a building terrace, or backyard. It is recommended to people who inherit a land, or plan to buy one. And it has always been popular with those worried for our future on the Planet, or simply fed up with things we see on evening news... Croatian PDCs were great starters for local permaculture groups in southeast Europe.

Accommodation and Contact

Nearby town of Šibenik can be reached by bus, train or highway, Zlarin is connected with regular ship line. Accommodation is in apartments, with two meals per day provided for participants. Price of 2017 PDC at Zlarin (10 days course, education and accommodation with food included) is 450 euros. The course will take place between 22nd September and 1st October 2017. Number of participants is limited, reservations are accepted until 10th September. For more information or reservation please send e-mail to <uredpk@gmail.com>

The Island of Zlarin port

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Mediterranean Cooking Put Marina 

Living a healthy lifestyle Back to the Mediterranean diet

The Mediterranean Diet is not a diet. It is a lifelong commitment. Something you must stick to as the best way to live healthy and longer. Its a way of life (heritage), too. The Mediterranean Diet includes a specific balance of foods that is high in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants and contains the perfect balance of fatty acids.

Along with the food plan its a way of life that includes regular physical activity and time to rest, community, and fun.

The Mediterranean diet emphasizes on (Mayo Clinic):

•        Eating primarily plant-based foods, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts
•        Replacing butter with healthy fats such as olive oil
•        Using herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor foods
•        Limiting red meat to no more than a few times a month
•        Eating fish and poultry at least twice a week
•        Enjoying meals with family and friends
•        Drinking red wine in moderation (optional)
•        Getting plenty of exercise

The Mediterranean Diet is the best way to prevent many diseases. The main are the stroke and the heart attack.

One of the advantages of the The Mediterranean Climate is that you have an opportunity of eating fresh local vegetables and fruits grown almost the whole year around.

Cooking Put Marina Dishes
Artichoke Hearts Put Marina Risotto

Seafood Risotto

Monday, December 12, 2016

Olives History Value

Mediterranean fruit number one that we rediscover each year and its value through history

A short history of Olives

Olive tree is an evergreen tree that is known in Europe for about 7000 years. Olive originated in the southern Mediterranean, and the most of its upgrading happened in Crete around 2500 BC. Hence the first traces of the presses, with packaging for storage and preparation for trade to distant destinations, took place. In ancient Greece, the olive was so appreciated that the Athenians have a story regarding the goddess Athena and her counterpart Poseidon. Poseidon offered a source of salt water and a horse, and Athens with a throw of her spear to the ground of Acropolis bestowed an olive. The Athenians chose Athena as its patron saint of their city, so a symbol of the city of Athens became an olive branch with its fruits.

Dalmatian Garden Put Marina Zlarin Croatia Oblica Olive Tree

An olive is still very much appreciated in many ways, but it certainly has a decisive role in maintaining health. Olive on the Adriatic is considered the Tree of Life. It is said, the olive is as a mother, and if you leave her, and do not you come to her a few years back you will still be able to rely on it. It is rare that such a plant has integrated so many features in people as a symbol of peace, happiness, wisdom, health and abundance.

Hand picking is the best way to preserve an olive substances

Valuable olive and its nutritional components

Today olive oil is unavoidable as a food that carries the benefits of the Mediterranean diet on human health. This powerful antioxidant features containing irreplaceable unsaturated fatty acids which provide the body protection from many diseases. Natural olive oil that we like to call "extra virgin olive oil" are essentially those which in themselves have the highest herbal ingredients. Its antioxidant properties have effect in atherosclerosis, coronary heart disease, stroke and so on. It contains large amounts of vitamin E, one of the vitamin also known as an anti-aging vitamin. Then it contains vitamin A, and colored substances called chlorophyll. Just to name some of the benefits of olive oil, but 90 percent has been still consumed around the Mediterranean.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Summer Season 2016 in Zlarin

The Summer Season 2016 in Zlarin and Dalmatian Garden labour of love will be remembered

Island of Zlarin is an oasis of peace and beauty

Zlarin is a small island placed in the Dalmatian coast in Croatia, close to the city of Šibenik. During the winter there are around 250 residents. That number increases to approximately 3000 residents in the summer. In its history, Zlarin had a large population of migrants. It is an island from which people left, but also continued living on.  Zlarin has some landmarks, the longest island seafront in Croatia? It is 131 meters long and 16 meters wide from where you have an amazing view. Its highest spot is hill Klepac (169 m) from which you will have an unforgettable view. From the top of the hill, during the sunny days, you can see the mountain of Velebit and far into the distance, the volcanic island of Jabuka.

There are cypress forests, pine forests, rosemary forests, figs, olives and other Mediterranean plants. Internal parts of the island are uninhabited, covered with dense forests and underbrush. It’s called the green island with its rights.

An Olive and a Walnut Tree at Dalmatian Garden Put Marina

The climate is Mediterranean, middle Adriatic type. The prevailing wind is jugo. Because of being close to the land, climatic characteristics are transitional. Zlarin has about 2700 sunny hours annually which makes it one of the sunniest Adriatic islands? Annual rainfall is around 700mm, and it falls rarely during summer.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Fruits Vegetables Comparison

What botany and culinary fruits and vegetables represent

The reason for this confusion is that the fruits and vegetables are grasped differently in botany, than in culinary practice. According to botany, fruits are all those plants, or structures that have seeds and which develop from impregnated flower. Fruit is, therefore, what you grow as a result of the plant and contains much more sugar than vegetables. On the other hand, a vegetable is any structure that is formed from other parts of the plant. Therefore, when it is said that you eat vegetables, it refers to the leaves of plants, their stems, roots and tubers. Vegetables are what people plant every year, while fruits come from perennial plants.

This Venn diagram shows the overlap in the terminology of "vegetables" in a culinary sense and "fruits" in the botanical sense

The group of plants that are "neither here nor there", and that something between fruits and vegetables, in addition to tomatoes, are peppers, zucchini, squash, cucumbers and olives. All these plants, because of the way they eat and prepare classified as vegetables, although because of the biological characteristics, they are closer to botanical fruit group, therefore are botanicaly fruits. While plants which we consider and consume as fruits are botanicaly vegetables: watermelon, melon, strawberries.

Examples of Botanical Fruits also include corn, pumpkin, eggplant, legumes (beans, peanuts, and peas), sweet pepper and chili peppers...

Examples of Botanical Vegetables (prepared as vegetables): Cabbage (red cabbage, Savoy cabbage, kale, Brussels sprouts, kohlrabi, cauliflower, broccoli, Chinese broccoli), radish, carrot, beetroot, Swiss chard, sugar beet, lettuce, garlic, onion, leek, spinach ...  

Fruits and vegetables from Dalmatin Garden Put Marin a Island Zlarin Sibenik