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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.

Ladt night the temperature went down under the freezing point. The frost sensitive plants may not have died and the fruits were not damaged, but it looks like there will be more frost in the days and nights to come, so it’s definitly time to harvest the rest of the pumpkins, cucumbers, sweet corn, tomatoes and squash.

Almost all the pumpkins are in, as well as the the other sensitive crops, so let the cold come.

For the last several days it’s been below freezing, and it looks like it’s going the stay cold for the rest of winter.

I’m not quite done with the garden digging, but I’ll have to call it quits now. I lost ten days travelling to Japan and have almost gotten caught up, so I’m satisfied.

I even got all the raking done, leaf coverings on all the dug up areas, hedge trees planted and another bed of garlic in before the ground got frozen hard. This year it’s later than usual but more done.

Now all I need is a bunch of snow for skiing.

We had a tinge of frost last week, but very little damage. Corn plants got it worst. 


Last night was worse with major damage. 


A little bit of covering helps, but predictions say more to come, so it’s time to take in everything that is sensitive. 

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. 

  
I love the snow, even tho I still have a bit of digging and raking to do. Right now I’m digging in the muck, so a layer of snow or frost would be nice. This will undoubtedly melt. Next week is supposed to be colder, and I may get a layer of frost. 

No frost yet! That is good for the maize and pumpkins that are still ripening. 

But I’m getting close to the end of the stone building season. I may be able to keep doing stonework for another few weeks by covering over the fresh layer with a tarp when the temperaturs drop a few degrees below zero. 

A load of angular stones. 

  

Where the stones go. 

  

The temperature was dropping alarmingly last night, so at midnight I figured I had better go out and cover the tomatoes at least. 

   
 

Luckily, no frost! But very close to freezing. Everything survived including the pumpkins and maize not covered. 

It’s the first week of June,and if there is no frost in sight, it’s time to put the frost-sensitive plants in. 

  

Shovel holes, aged manure, dirt, water and a pumpkin plant. 

The rain has pretty much ruined the tilth, but the weather has turned nice, so in they go.