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One compost pile that has been fermenting for 2 years is already out on the crop circle that I’m starting to plant in.

Leaving a good place to start a new one.

First a layer of coarse material like these sunflower stalks. After that probably a layer of manure, then layer upon layer of kitchen scraps, dirt, garden scraps, manure, dirt etc until it gets about a meter high. Then I let it sit for a couple of years. (With a little pitch forking from time to time.)

Students from Uppsala University were here for a field trip yesterday, from the CEMUS program for sustainable development.

The weather was very cold this year, so they had to work hard to keep warm, spreading compost on one of the crop circles.

They were 20 this time, and it was hard work for me to keep them busy. We had a very good time tho.

It sure seems like spring has come, so besides the indoors jobs of koji and miso making, I’m getting more and more into preparations of the garden for spring. As the ground unfreezes I can work on the compost piles.

I’m airing, straightening everything out, making it look nice and chasing rodents.

This is the latest pile with winter refuse.

I’ve got 10 piles now, with 5 ready to go out on the crop circles, and 5 to continue fermenting until next spring.

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.

Autumn is the big time for fermenting compost. There’s a lot going on in my compost circle. It’s cleaned up and looking nicer than ever. Layers of garden waste, dirt, manure, leaves, kitchen waste are piled and left for as much as 2 years.

Leaves and compost go very well together.

A big load is of leaves is like gold.

I couldn’t wait. I started spreading the compost.

The first crop circle is done.

And the second one started.

Now I wonder if I should get the rototiller out and start tilling it in. And perhaps even make a couple of raised beds and plant some seeds. It IS a bit early and early sowing almost never fares well.

Now we are home again with a little jet lag and a couple grey days left of november. It’s cold, rainy, dark and dismal, but it feels good. 


And there’s a lot left to do before winter sets in. 

The kids have raked the rest of the leaves to take to compost.


And there’s quite a bit of clean up and digging left to do. 

It was cold, wet and muddy, but, as in previous years, a group of students from CEMUS (Uppsala University Department for Sustainable Development) came out for a work day in the garden and got a lot of work done, like picking pumpkins and tomatoes before the frost gets them



Cabbage for a big batch of sauerkraut. 


Moving a couple of trees


Fixing the compost piles

And much more. 

After the good, hard, work, we retired to the kitchen to warm up and dry out with pumpkin soup and lively discussions. 


I made this jar of cucumber pickles last week. I didn’t notice that the rubber sealing ring broke, a lot of air flowed in and within a week the the mold grew profusely into a fluffy covering. If it had been a tiny bit of mold I could take it off, put on a new rubber ring and let it continue fermenting, but this is too much, and out to the compost it goes. My compost will love it!

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. 

And here’s their video

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