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I couldn’t wait. I started spreading the compost.

The first crop circle is done.

And the second one started.

Now I wonder if I should get the rototiller out and start tilling it in. And perhaps even make a couple of raised beds and plant some seeds. It IS a bit early and early sowing almost never fares well.

The ground is drying up nicely, so I can start to make the vegetable crop circles ready for this summers garden. I take out the sunflowers from last year, which I leave standing all winter for the birds and also for the sculpural effect especially in the snow.

Soon I can spread out the compost, till the dirt and make the raised beds for the plants and seeds, but first it has to dry out and warm up some more. And the plants, that are now in the cold frame, grow slower and will need a few more weeks to get bigger and hardier.

I’m starting out my starts ealier than last year. My first brassicas, lettuce and herbs.

It seems like every year it gets earlier. The weather is all of a sudden spring like, and I can’t resist.

Everybody says you’ve got to trim (prune) those trees, and I agree, untrimmed apple trees look pretty ugly, so I too do it.

I’m almost done with the apple trees.

Some don’t need trimming, like pear trees, and some trees and bushes are better pruned in the summer or fall, like the prunes and plums.

It’s a frosty saturday morning, but the weather is supposed to get sunny and warm today. I told my customers that I would start going to the market as soon as the weather started to get nice, so I packed my backpack basket with fermented foods, lunch and other paraphernalia,

And hop on the bus to Uppsala and Fyristorg for my first farmers market this year.

Here we are – not much, but a good start.

The last batch of koji for this year is put out to dry.

I’ve gone through about 15 kilos barley, 10 kilos rye, and 16 kilos of rice turning it into koji. Some has already been made into miso, some has been sold, a little more will be made into miso and the rest will be saved to sell or make into miso in the fall.

The koji making season is over for this year. Now it is time to start planting seeds.

Happy Easter

The last of the pumpkins are looking pretty bad these days.

But not bad enough that we can’t make a delicious pumpkin miso soup for Easter dinner.

The big melt is on.

We still have cold nights, but the days are warm and longer. It’s melting fast and there’s lots of standing water that doesn’t drain well in the frozen ground.

I do what I can to make some temporary shallow ditches.

And get more water over to the ‘lake’ for quicker run off into the drainage system.

Every year in the spring I go to the Stockholm garden show. In a way it’s getting old and boring, but I have to go to meet friends and get some stuff and inspiration.

Here are some picts.

The greatest surprise and inspiration were the rusty sheet metal containers. I’m going to have to get into welding. I’d like to sink a metal ring around each crop circle.

This girl was eager to tell me all about the situation in Africa for food, farmers and saving traditional crop seed. I was intrigued by the standing balls of straw – not bee hives or bird houses, but seed saving bundles!

Bird houses made by school children.

A shirt/jacket I wish I had bought.

A lighting rack for starting plants indoors I wish I had.

Some fencing

There was a portable heavy-duty frame with tarp roof that was being used to hang hamocks that they were selling. It won’t blow apart in a storm either. But it was from Hungary and not for sale. Next year maybe he said.

And of coarse I got some plants – a cold-hearty wisteria from Siberia and a golden cherry tree – from my favorite garden store in Finland – Blomquists.

It is however starting to warm up!

But not time yet to put out the tomatoes.

It is time to start hanging out the laundry tho.

Here’s a video from YouTuber Jonna Jinton

She lives a bit further north.

Coool!