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I didn’t grow many carrots this year, because they are usually eaten up by carrot fly larve. The ones that made it through the summer were, however, very nice – big and almost no bugs.

Instead of trying to save them in the root cellar, I preserve them with the help of lactic acid bacteria.

This is definitely not enough for the year, so I’ll have to buy more carrots from a friend who has better growing conditions, and remember to grow more next year.

I finally got them all in out of the cold for winter storage and selling. All over the place.

Ladt night the temperature went down under the freezing point. The frost sensitive plants may not have died and the fruits were not damaged, but it looks like there will be more frost in the days and nights to come, so it’s definitly time to harvest the rest of the pumpkins, cucumbers, sweet corn, tomatoes and squash.

Almost all the pumpkins are in, as well as the the other sensitive crops, so let the cold come.

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 first bucket of cucumbers marks the start of a new pickling season. 


Along with dill, garlic, mustard seed, salt and water, everything is stuffed in the jar for fermentation. 

Lots of herbs to dry. 


I made some test miso 2 years ago using chickpeas, and it turned out great. I must make more. I use the standard recipe for rice miso replacing soybeans with chickpeas that are boiled 2 hours instead of the 4 hours for soybeans. 



Grind and mix everything. 


Then into jars for 2 year fermentation. 

Winter came all of a sudden with a storm – wind, rain and snow. The last fews days have been a mad scramble to winterize as much as possible before the big freeze. 


The next ten days are supposed to be below freezing, so I’ve tried to get the remaining potatoes, carrots, parsnips, turips and beets out of the ground before it freezes solid. Lettuce, fenel, chard, cabbage, etc. must also be taken in to warmer climes. 


The gothic greenhouse gets a protective covering too. 

Of course it will probably get warm again and thaw out. I’ll be able to do my digging and other chores until the end of December. 

The floor is in now too. 



The main building is done – the foundation, frame, walls, roof and floor, but there’s still a bit left. Mostly the trimmings. 

We harvested all the pumpkins on monday after a few frosty nights with more frost to come. 


Today I remembered that I’d better get the volunteers still out on the compost piles. 

Quite a harvest;

I don’t know where the seeds came from, because I’ve never grown the orange stripy kind. Must be from some hybrids. Usually I don’t care much for the compost volunteers because these wild ones don’t get as good a flavor as the hybrids. But these are so beautiful that I can sell them as great ornimentals – and food. 

I made a pumpkin miso soup with one the other day and it was quite good.