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.

It started out stormy with rain, thunder and lightning, later it got sunny but still with high winds.

A lot of people stayed home, but enough came to make it a fairly good market day.

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.

When we got home from our trip to Järna I just had to try a new recipe I got from a fermentation enthusiast I met at the market (actually it was Brigid at Nibblegård). It was lactic acid fermented cucumbers, but with an interesting twist.

The ingredients are; white cucumbers, onions, garlic, sweet peppers, chili peppers, tumeric, black pepper corns, salt and water.

The twist is the tumeric which should give the cucumbers an orange color and a new flavor. My proportions may be way off, so I expect I’ll have to do some more experimenting in the future.

Yesterday was the annual market at Järna outside Stockholm. We went not to sell but to soak in the atmosphere, meet friends and make some new contacts – like people into fermenting as well as ecological gardening.

At Skillebyholm the anthroposophy center of Sweden

Some more random pictures

An orderly lumber pile

Compost labeling

The immaculate herb garden

Real oregano

A dragon fly befriended me

More storage

The kitchen garden – beans

Tomatoes

Lots of good ideas and inspiration.

I met some fermenters too (but no pictures alas). I did get info to try to get them to come to Uppsala for the next Fermentation Festival in March next year.

Today we are at the market at Enköpings trädgårds dag.