Archives for category: Inspiration

I had a big birthday party the other day. I might as well say it – I ‘m 70 now. 


And feeling pretty good. 

The presents I got were mostly trees, bushes and plants. But the biggest and most impressive was this;


brought in by tractor by the farmer here –  a present from Magnus Eriksson and his family. 


A found object from some corner of this farm. 


A fantastic work of art formed by volcanos and carved by glaciers. 

Some of the crew taking a break while setting up up for a big party in the garden. 

A few days ago a project group from Uppsala University came out to take part of some spring activities in the garden. 


In spite of the less than conducive weather, we got a lot done, like getting the pumpkin patch ready – harvesting some winter survivors, weeding, spreading compost and tilling. 



We also started a new compost pile in the empty space. 

In the other crop circles we planted potatoes and made raised beds into which we put in leeks and onions and carrot seeds.

A little bit of everything. 

Someones been looking for Peony Rocky!

Well, here’s the latest update. 



Getting ready to burst forth in all it’s glory. Paeonia rockii


Snow in the air, but soon spring will be here. 

It looks good, smells good, feels good, tastes good and is growing well. 


It’s the morning of the second day and it’s already sporulating. I think it’s going to be a success. 

The normal koji making is done for this season. Now for an experiment. I’m sure someone, somewhere in the world has tried this before, but it’s going to be a first for me. Rye koji. I’ve always thought this would be difficult or impossible because of the hard shell around the kernal. 

The farmer where I get my barley for making barley koji from, makes pearled or slightly polished barley by husking the barley a little extra in a machine. Rye has no husk, but I had him put some of his ecologically grown rye through that machine. The result looked like this;

After cleaning and soaking;

After steaming;


Then after cooling, innoculating with barley koji starter and incubating, it will be interesting to see what happens. I suspect the rye has not been polished enough. We’ll see.


We were out on a yule excursion the other day and found these sloe. Delicious after the frost and thaw. The birds love them too. 

Happy New Years Eve!

It will soon be spring. 

I sold almost all of the jack o lantern pumpkins today at the market. Thank goodness there were a few left when the pumpkin carvers came for a visit. 


Happy All Saints Day! 

In Sweden it’s on monday/tuesday and the following weekend to make things very confusing, but great for partying all week.