Come and help in my wild garden in the Westerwald between Frankfurt and Köln/Cologne in Germany



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    In spring the birds are a big attraction here. In June you can experience fireflies when it is dark. And when it is hot and sunny the garden is full of butterflies. And the hiking trails are nice all the year!

    I've got this big garden, and I like to share it with people who seek nature and quiet, but also like to work outside - there is always work in a garden!

    There is also some inside work in an old house I've bought in the next village. To move between the two places you can use my bike.

    Because of the Covid situation we will meet mostly outside. I expect you to wear a mask when we are in a house together! Of course no mask when you are alone! I am a biology teacher, and therefore I take this virus really seriously!

    Further down there is a kind of description of my place in English.


    Trotz Corona willkommen - mit Sicherheit!

    Es wird immer deutlicher, dass wir eine ganze Weile mit Corona leben müssen. Ich brauche Hilfe im "Garten", und Leute aus Köln, Frankfurt, Wiesbaden oder Mainz können vielleicht ein paar Tage im Grünen gut gebrauchen. Da dies aber Corona Zeiten sind, heißt die Devise "Abstand halten". Mit anderen Worten : ich halte alle Maßnahmen, die beschlossen wurden, für sinnvoll und ich halte sie ein. Mit gegenseitiger Rücksichtnahme und Disziplin ist aber meines Erachtens trotzdem workaway möglich!

    Mein Garten ist riesig, da ist Abstand halten kein Problem, selbst beim gemeinsamen Arbeiten lässt sich der sinnvolle Abstand von 1,5 bis 2 m einhalten. Und zum Relaxen gibt es genug Gartenstühle und Sitzplätze im Schatten oder in der Sonne.

    Das Schlafen ist auch kein Problem. Der Bauwagen ist gemütlich, zum sich Aufhalten und zum Schlafen - der Tisch kann runter geklappt werden, dann ist das ein Bett.
    Ich habe im nächsten Dorf ein altes Haus gekauft, mit WLAN und so, dort kann man auch schlafen (wenn es nachts richtig kalt ist zum Beispiel). Zum hin und her fahren gibt es ein Fahrrad.
    Zelten ist auch eine Option.

    Eine provisorische Außenküche ist schon fast fertig, bald kann man also draußen kochen und abwaschen, auf jeden Fall Tee oder Kaffee kochen.

    Also, wennbes kein Besuchsverbot/ Reiseverbot gibt, steht einem längeren oder kürzeren Aufenthalt hier nichts im Wege!

    Ach ja: im Gemüsegarten wachsen Salat, Zwiebeln und Mangold, und es sollen Zucchini, Zuckererbsen, Stangenbohnen, Kräuter und so gepflanzt werden.

    Früh im Jahr sind die Vögel hier eine große Attraktion. Im Juni sollte man die Glühwürmchen nicht verpassen. Und wenn es heiß und sonnig ist sind die Schmetterlinge großartig. Und die Wanderwege sind immer schön!

    This is my " before corona text"!

    Hello everyone! My name is Tatjana, and I live in a cosy off-grid house in my wild garden. If you love nature and quiet, if you wish to get away from cities and crowds for a while, if you are looking for physical work out of doors this might be the place for you - even if you can only stay a few days.

    My garden looks like a clearing in the forest, a meadow surrounded by woods. In spring lots of birds are busy raising their young, in summer there are many butterflies visiting the flowers and - for a short time - fireflies at night. Deer pass by every now and then, the badger enlarges his home (last year a vixen raised her cubs there) and kites circle and scream. Well, I love this place!
    I feel peace, tranquility and being connected to nature when I am in my garden, that's why.

    I want my garden to be a sanctuary for butterflies and lizzards, birds and badgers. At the same time it is a place for humans to grow some food, and to relax and enjoy.

    If you want to stay only a few days that's okay, but a weekend should be included, because I like being a host and working together with you.
    Of course you can stay longer if you want to, but you have to be comfortable to be on your own part of the day during weekdays, because I´m working part time. So you should be self motivated and willing to work independendly, too.
    And, just to show that you've read my profile: if you'll write to me please greet me using my name! Tell me why you would like to stay here for a while, what you would like to do, the usual things one should write when contacting a potential host!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    I really like to work together with you, and to cook and eat and talk together.

    You can practise your campfire-making-skills.

    This place is quiet and peaceful, great for a “retreat“.

    There is a nice possibility for running / jogging in the morning, if you wish to enhance your fitness.

    You could see what it is like to live off grid in Germany (well, there is piped water, so it isn't really off grid...

  • Help


    There is a lot to do, and there is probably something that you like to do.

    - things like watering the garden, burning branches, mowing, cutting the meadow and preparing flowerbeds. Weeding, if you know what you are doing.

    - I want to use this year for some building projects, if possible. If you have got skills in this area please tell me!
    Working with stones - a low wall, a floor, stuff like that
    Some things made out if wood :I am thinking of a plattform for camping or just relaxing in the forest.

    - some trees had to be removed, so there's place for planning a new vegetable garden, maybe with some permaculture features, maybe you know something about that? I'm thinking about some raised flowerbeds and of course a better compost management

    - in winter some trees fell down, so there is work around firewood

    - some small landscaping projects - terracing small scale, using wood or stone

    - something indoors if the weather is bad, for example painting or cleaning

    I think it is important to feel a sense of accomplishment. So if you like to stay for more than a few days please tell me what you would like to do.

    I enjoy working in my garden, but I also enjoy relaxing or going for a walk!

    I don´t expect anyone to work outside if it´s raining!

    Es gibt viel zu tun, sowohl hinsichtlich kleinere und größere “Bauprojekte“ als auch die üblichen Routinearbeiten, einschließlich arbeiten mit Kettensäge und Motorsense. Meist aber ist mehr Handarbeit gefragt!

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Beginner
    French: Beginner

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  • Accommodation


    There is a nice trailer under a big oak tree. It's great for one person, because the bed is 1x2 meters only. Most of my guests loved sleeping in the trailer, surrounded by nature!

    Camping is a possibility especially for couples. There is a nice spot where one feels secluded but it isn't far from the house.

    There is a room in an old house in the village, 4 km away. Wi-Fi in the house.

    Shared bathroom.

    We'll have meals together as often as possible, but if not you can use the outdoor kitchen or the kitchen in the old house.

    Because of Covid19 my house in the garden is closed for visitors. But we share the bathroom there.

    I expect you keep the bathroom and the trailer tidy/clean up after yourself! And of course help with cooking and cleaning up!

    Unterkunft im Bauwagen oder im Zelt. Das Badezimmer ist im Haus, das “Draußenbadezimmer“ ist erst in der Planungsphase! Wir essen gemeinsam wenn möglich - wenn ich nicht da bin kann die Außenküche benutzt werden.
    Ich erwarte Mithilfe bei der Hausarbeit!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The country around is great for hiking: rolling hills, forest, grasland, villages. There are some small lakes for swimming a couple of kilometres away.

    It is very relaxing sitting in the garden reading - I have a lot of books!

    I have got a bicycle you can use.

    There is no WLAN/WIFi. But internet access is possible via your Smartphone.
    In my other house in the next village there is WiFi.

    There is no elecricity, therefore no TV, but I've got a solar panel, you can charge your mobile or laptop or smartphone.

    Public transport here is bad, but I can pick you up at Westerburg train station. There are connections from Cologne and from Limburg.

    Limburg is easy to reach if you come from Frankfurt or Cologne Airport. Usually the bus (Flixbus)is cheaper than the train.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    There is a decent Wi-Fi connection in the old house in the village. There is no Wi-Fi in the garden!

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    But the space is limited!

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Dogs who aren't hunters and can behave in a garden are welcome.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 3-4hours a day (max 25 hours a week)

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