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

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. 

It’s nice to be home again. The garden looks good. 


9 days of new growth. 



But I could complain, the weeds have been growing even more so, the rabbits and deer have been feasting too, and my hay fever is worse than ever after the period of relief up north. 

But why complain!

A day later. After a stressed out day of weeding and putting the garden in order and then an all night train trip, I’m in the mountains of northern Sweden for my annual hiking vacation. I’m at Abisko mountain lodge this year, hiking in the rain and cold.





I’m already back at the lodge drinking coffee beside the open fire warming up and drying off. 


Now for a sauna to warm my bones and a reindeer meat dinner. 

A new cage for the garden to cover cabbages and other plants.  
I now have many of these cages in all different sizes, to keep the rabbits and deer from getting at and eating my vegetables. This one is smaller and easier to move around. I plan to make 3 more this winter. 

Notice, all the snow is gone. The american storm came with warm winds and rain. I hope it soon gets cold and snowy again. 

Here come some more pictures from the Big Garden Party that I have collected from our event page on Facebook.  

  
  

 

 

  

In the garden busstop  
  
 Tesla generator

 Clipped paper projections 
 Dance 
 The magicians 

 In the tipi    

And the grand finale’ – Aurora Borealis to the sitar music of Palace in Space.  @Kiljano

These picts are from various friends cameras – I hope no one minds. Thanks to Tobias, Finn, Dj Kiljano, Sana Grön and all others. 

By the way – again, not one bush, tree or plant was steped on or damaged!!!!

  
We took a trip to the mountains of northern Finland to do some wandering, but we got as far as the visitors center and took this picture. 

It was so cold, cloudy and rainy that we chickened out and took in at the Crazy Reindeer Hotel in Levi instead. They had a sauna in every room and a grand breakfast!  

That may have been just as well, as my hip joints are not what they used to be. We had a wonderful time anyway, testing our Finnish etc. 

No car today, I filled up my sturdy japanese bamboo rucksack to go to the Fyris Torg farmers market in Uppsala this morning. 

  

As I stepped out the door, a flock of whooping cranes flew low over my garden and landed in the adjacent field, reminding me that I had forgotten my camera phone. Alas, I didn’t get a good close picture.  

Waiting for the bus 

The basket holds quite a bit.  

I’m fixing some fences. The thuyas have grown out of their chicken wire wrapings.

  

And something needs to be done to stop the deer from rubbing their horns on them and ruining these shrubs.

  

 

I’ll put sheep fencing around them instead. 

  

 

It will expand better, look nicer and be easier to take away for grass mowing and such.  

This fence needs some repair and improvement too. 

  

The wild swine haven’t come into the garden yet, but when they do I suppose I’ll have to put up electric fence around the whole area. But not until I must!

The sun shone a wee bit yesterday, but it also snowed alot. I was snugg in my tarped-in back porch finishing a couple more cabbage cages.

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These are smaller – easier to move around to protect smaller vegatable beds from wildlife. And the smaller units fit better into the curved space of my crop circles.

The deer sure do like my compost in progress.

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All winter I deposit bucket loads of kitchen scrap and other biodegradables on a compost that has been started in the fall. The deer, birds and other animals get into it for an extra snack. Hopefully the wild swine won’t find it and wreak havoc. In the spring it will be cleaned up and layered with manure, leaves and other good compost stuff.