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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.

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.

I picked a lot of cucumbers yesterday, so I had to make alot of cucumber pickles today.

The lactic acid bacteria kind.

This summers first cucumbers are already in the jars fermenting.

Because of the frost I picked all the rest of the cucumbers, even the small ones, and set them for pickling.

Not enough cucumbers and too big of a jar for the last ones, so I filled in with a jolly mix. I added, peppers, onions, apples and beens. I can’t wait to taste it, but alas, I must wait 4 weeks for the fermentaion to happen.

After a poor start at planting-out, the cucumber plants that survived have gotten established and are producing the first cucumbers ready for this years pickling.

Washed and pricked and put in the jar with garlic, dill flowers, and current leaves,

The amount of salt (1.5%) is very important and I have to think twice when calculating water and salt. Here I have a 3 liter jar, and I figure half cucumbers and half water – 1.5 liters water. Since half of the salt will osmose into the vegetables, I figure twice as much or 30 grams per liter water, making 45 grams salt for this batch. After osmosis this will result in 1.5% salt.

During the 4 week fermentation time, the lactic acid bacteria will proliferate and produce the acid, flavors and other good stuff.

The natural dill pickle!


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!

The first bucket of cucumbers marks the start of a new pickling season. 


Along with dill, garlic, mustard seed, salt and water, everything is stuffed in the jar for fermentation. 


Each week I harvest at least a bucket of cucumbers. Along with garlic, dill, and a 3% salt brine, into jars they go for lactic fermentation. This week I made a jar with blanched wax beans too. It has a cucumber in the middle for an extra boost of lactic acid producing bacteria.