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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

The pumpkin patch is cleaned out and ready for the big fall dig.

Except for the bed of garlic just planted. And most of the sunflowers will stay standing for the birds.

We’ve had a few frosty nights, with the temperatures hovering around 0 C. We’ve covered a lot, and much has servived but with some damage.

We are expecting a heavier frost tonight, so the coverings will have to be reinforced.

I’ve taken the garden fleece from the cabbages (which don’t need it now) and moved them to cover the squash, cucumbers etc.

It’s supposed to get warmer again tomorrow, so we might get a couple more weeks of growth and ripening.

We’ve had some frost the last couple of mornings. I covered the cucumber plants (and other sensitive crops), so they might produce for another couple of weeks. I already have enough cucumber pickles for this year now, so the recent pickings have gone to sales.

I can also made some experimental batches. Yesterday I made another jar of tumeric pickles with white cucumbers,

and a cucumber mix of white cucumbers, dill, sweet pepper, chili, green pears, beans, fennel, onions, garlic, whatever. I made such a mix last year and it was very good, especially the pickled pear.

It’s time to get all the rest of the potatoes dug up and into the root cellar.

It’s also a good time to start digging for winter and next spring.

The next market is the one at Wik Castle. It’s the biggest and best of the year. I thought I’d better start preparing earlier this year, so I started picking pumpkins.

I discovered that the rodents too have found them tasty, so I had better pick all now before they eat too many.

And get some better rodent prevention in place.