Archives for category: Harvest

This garden summer we have had a cool july followed by a hot august, now it’s cool again and seems like harvest time has come early – all of a sudden. It’s quite normal of course, but always comes as a surprise. This year we have had more time, so why not harvest early (in time) instead of waiting for the rainy snowy fall weather. The potatoes were big, so they are all in the root cellar a few weeks earlier than usual. Most of the onions too.

The pumpkins were getting ripe fast, so we picked them imediately in order to keep the rodents from eating too many.

The carrots too, in order to keep the carrot fly worms from getting established, and so that we can make a batch of lactic acid pickled carrot tomorrow when it rains.

It feels good to have so much fall work done already. We can even get started on the winter digging.

Vegies are growing like never before.

And sales are very good.

Flowers too. Many of these bouquets are edible of course.

It’s been warm early, then cold nights, then hot and dry and now cool and rainy. Everything is growing like crazy. Especially the weeds which are difficult to weed in the rain and muck. We did get most of everything weeded once but not everywhere and the weeds are making a great comeback.

I can’t complain tho, with lots of good stuff to harvest, eat and sell at the market.

Today we started to harvest the garlic.

Bright and early!

On our way to the market.

The first batch of barley koji this year is good.

Many more to go.

Early morning at the saturday market at Fyristorg in Uppsala.

We harvested the last cucumbers and other vegetables that were languising under the frost protection of garden fleece before more cold comes. The cucumbers looked good, so we put them in pickling jars along with just about everything else we had picked.

It was a mix of 4 kinds of cucumber, garlic, onion, horseradish, dill, fennel, sweet peppers, tiny tomatoes, pears and mustard seed.

It’s a rainy day. I therefore harvested some stuff to pickle – some kohlrabi and some oversized redbeets.

Washed, shreded and mixed

It’s already in the jars.

On the left is shredded kohlrabi with juniper berries, chili, ginger, garlic and 1.5% seasalt.

On the right is shredded redbeet with kohlrabi, garlic, onion horseradish and salt.

These savoy need to be harvested.

Along with some of my carrots and daikon etc I can make a batch of kimchi (timchi). I was going to make it today, but it didn’t rain, and when the weather is perfect I’d rather be out digging than in the kitchen. They’ll just have to wait for a rainy day.

Ya, I’m getting into it. Doing the fall digging for next spring is one of my favorite garden chores

A little bit of yesterddys mowed grass doesn’t hurt.

A lot people prioritise things like bigger, faster, mostest and firstest or more money and less work. Not me, quite the opposite – fun, rest, beauty, artistry and recreation (work) are top priority. I get a lot more profit that way.

Not to speak of the health benefits of dirt, and of course the wonderful smell of fresh turned dirt.

DIRT