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These last few days have been good for digging – snow and a cold crust on the muddy clay. It’s supposed to get warm and mucky again, so dig while the frost sprinkles!

The deer have been digging too.

They have gotten through or over the fencing some how, and have found the remaining beets, chard and cabbage. That’s OK – they’re too small and skrawny to worry anout.

The bees are still active getting some more nectar for winter.

Someones been messing around in the compost!

It looks like it could be the wild pigs visiting, but Farmer Ericsson and I have inspected and not found any pig tracks but lots of deer tracks. Thats good news! For now anyway.

I probably need a few very small vegetable cages too.

Big enough for 1 large lettuce or 1 small cabbage.

When it’s really cold and stormy I can stay indoors and do a lot of reading, as well as making koji and miso, but soon I get restless and need to get out for some fresh air and maybe skiing, or to do some carpentry or such. My little make-shift workshop behind the house is protected, and a nice place to spend the afternoon even when it’s cold and windy.

I always need more cages for protecting the plants that the butterflies, deer and hares like.

This year I made them with one long side open. I can put them together and hold them with a latch on each end.

This way they are still light weight and easier to move and open up for weeding and harvesting, while covering a wider area. I hope!

We have had a few glorious days of winter this last weekend.

You may notice that the deer have been pawing under the rose hedge. And they have made it a temporary sleeping place.

They seem to feel safe and secure close to us.


4 more squat protective cages – 11 in all – should be enough for this winters production. 

4 new ones should be enough for now, but I think I will design a new kind  that is not as high, lighter and easier to move around, that would be better for lettuce and strawberries. 


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!

I had these savoy cabbages covered with garden fleece, but not very well. ‚Äč

Cabbage moths got in and laid thousands of eggs that developed into cabbage worms, which I didn’t notice under the fleece.

High time to get out the BT (bacillus thuringiensis) and do some spraying. If It works the cabbages can make a comeback.  

This is an old story that repeats itself every year. For many years I didn’t even try to grow brassicas, but the last few I’ve been trying many ecological methods of pest control like fleece, wire netting and BT with quite a bit of success.