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Freezing nights in spring are not abnormal, but the last few years we have gotten used to warmer weather. This year it’s back to normal with freezing nights in the beginning of June. We got a cold one last night, and I covered the newly planted cucurbits in the pumpkin patch and beds of sensitives in the other crop circles.  It didn’t quite freeze, but I’m not taking any chances. 


I’m leaving it on, because it’s supposed to get cold again tonight. 

The cold nights of the first week in June are called iron nights (järnnätter), and sure enough, as soon as I plant out some tomatoes, we get one. In the middle of the night I had to go out and do some covering. 


It was slightly below freezing, but there was only a little damage. 

Some of the hokkori pumpkins got a little frost bitten around the edges of their leaves even tho I covered them. 

 

I’m going to plant them out today and hope we don’t get any more frost. 

The stonework is finished, and I am very happy with this seasons progress. 

I even made a television. The very first permaculture TV set in the world, as far as I know. During fall storms I can sit in the conservatory by the pot belly stove and watch the war of the ants. 
  

But now it’s time to cover the stonewall work in progress, to keep it dry during the winter freeze.  

 

I took some pictures last week of the garden in full bloom.

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Then came the Wik Castle Harvest Market. This year was the best ever with great weather, lots of people and record sales.

Then yesterday was the first fall storm that blew down most of the sweet corn and sunflowers.

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A haystack fell.

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The tipi had to be rescued before it blew away.

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Now tonight it is supposed to get below freezing, so if it isn’t blowing too much I’ll try to cover some of the pumpkin patch with light tarps so they can continue growing and ripening for perhaps a few more weeks. And tomorrow stand the sunflowers and corn up again with supports.

HAPPY EQUINOX!

The warmer nights with no frost didn’t last very long. Last night I was awakened at 0300 by a cold breeze coming through the ajar window. Sure enough it was freezing again, so I got up and spent the next hour covering crops and yesterdays cementing.

Surprisingly the tomatoes survived but only barely.

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Today I am picking all the rest of the tomatoes, pumpkins and maize so that I won’t have to do any more covering and uncovering, except for the daily cement work.

One thing that is good about the freeze is that it kills off the bugs and larvae on the kale and cabbages.

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Actually there are lots of good things about a freeze.