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We’ve been cleaning, clipping and raking, and dumping the refuse in the compost area.  

Coarse matterial goes here at insect heaven 

I got a load of aged manure from Farmer Ericsson.   

Black dirt 

And an old falling-apart bale of flax straw for mulch.  

Now, I’m pretty much set up for the coming growing season. I even sowed a row of spinach the other day, just to see what will happen. 

After all the rain, maybe we get a few days of warmer and sunnier weather. The grass has been growing like crazy, and I was finally able to cut it and rake a bit of mulch together. I put it around the pumpkins, but still, it’s not enough. 

  
  
Mulching is hard work and time consuming. I’ll probably have to finish it off with flax straw, altho grass has a better fertilizing value.

  
  

I could rake some more, but instead we’re off for a few days cruise to Helsinki. 

Home again to thriving weeds while the pumpkins are struggling to get themselves rooted.  

I’ve been cutting the grass, raking, weeding and mulching. The grass was high and thick after our absence. The lawn mower has no catcher and it tends to pulverise the cuttings, but there were lots of good grass strings to rake up for mulch. I did a lot of tiresome raking, but I managed only enough to cover a little part of the garden before it dried up and disappeared – the sweet corn and some of the pumpkins.  

Otherwise it’s flax straw.  

  

First weeding, then mulch – then weeding some more. They say that mulching smothers weeds. It helps, but there are many weeds that thrive in mulch, like bindweed, ground elder, thistles, crabgrass and many more. 

So no rest for the wicked!

 

Farmer Eriksson brought a load of manure this morning.

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Along with a small roll of flax straw. The cow manure is already aged a bit, and Fr. Eriksson says the wild boar have been aerating it too. It will be layered into this years new compost piles.

The flax straw will be used for mulching, but I’ll need much more before the growing season is done. I prefer flax straw for mulching, especcially for the walkways and between the raised beds. It decays slowly, stays dry in wet weather and matts nicely for walking and crawling on. If gathered in the fall, it can be used for 2 or 3 years. I haven’t been able to find much info about the ‘nutritional value’ for the soil, but it’s been working great for me for years. The earthworms like it too.