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No winter this year? The prognosis for the next 10 days says more spring weather.

The remaining cabbages are unusually green and tender. Usually they are wiped out by now by frost, cold, wind and snow.

Other vegetables too – like chard and leeks.

Good for dinner

The garlic is coming up way too early also.

Instead of skiing and building cages to protect the summer vegies from animals, I’ve been weeding…

With a weed eater and burning.

It’s never been like this in January in my nearly 50 years of gardening in Sweden. I’m inclined to believe it’s the warmest January ever.

The last crop circle got turned over yesterday.

It’s been a warm, rainy, mucky fall but I got it done. Now I can rest and prepare for spring and take care of winter business like koji and miso.

Another crop circle (this years pumpkin patch) has gotten a thorough weeding and cultivation.

There’s nothing like clean dirt! Now just one to go.

The ground is drying up nicely, so I can start to make the vegetable crop circles ready for this summers garden. I take out the sunflowers from last year, which I leave standing all winter for the birds and also for the sculpural effect especially in the snow.

Soon I can spread out the compost, till the dirt and make the raised beds for the plants and seeds, but first it has to dry out and warm up some more. And the plants, that are now in the cold frame, grow slower and will need a few more weeks to get bigger and hardier.

There’s a lot left to dig (turn over) for the winter. 

And inspite of the snow, I’m still at it. 



I’ll probably be at it until Christmas or even after, if the weather stays conducive. 

However, if I have to leave one crop circle (next years pumpkin patch) undug, that’s allright too. After 10 years of working this heavy clay soil, it’s getting some very good tilth, and the rooty weeds seem to be pretty much under control – my main objectives with the digging – besides the great physical wookout. 

Another crop circle turned. 


Three dug and two more to go. 

Typical weather for early June – dry, windy with cold nights. It should get better, and I can’t hold off and wait for it to get perfect. I have a lot more plants to plant out. 

Pumpkins and such 


We try to water a bit by hand, only where the plants and seeds are, rather than using a sprinker that wastes 90%.

One crop circle is finished. The caged garden with a fence around it has all the raised beds made and filled with seeds and plants. Plants that deer and rabbits like – brassicas, chards, beets, leeks etc. 


The brassicas are covered to keep the flea beetles away. 

We got another crop circle tilled and 3 more raised beds made in the caged garden. They are sown with beets and chard here where they are protected from the dear and rabbits that love them.