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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. 

Spring has come, or so it seems, a month earlier than usual. It’s been coming earlier and earlier the last 20 years or so, but more often than not, there is a relaps into winter, sometimes as late as in may.

This morning was cold and damp, leaving a covering of rimfrost (rime frost), and then the sun came out.
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The weather has been unusually warm this October. There are lots of flowers and vegetables left in the garden, and the stone work could probably go on for a few more weeks, but I’m going to end it for this year, and start again when it warms up in spring. Today is another glorious fall day, and I did the final stretch of cementing this morning.

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I’m quite proud of my progress this year.

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It’s been so mild with only lite frosts that the tomatoes haven’t completely died yet.

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If the weather stays warm next week, I’ll mix up a little more fine cement and fill in the spaces between the new stones to polish it off.

I keep covering the tomatoes and other crops to keep them going a bit longer, and that works for a while, but I took in the last of the pumpkins yesterday before the hard frost last night.

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Today I started to clear out the dead plants.

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So now digging season is in full swing.

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The frost came early and hard. It did some damage, but I managed to save the tomatoes, pumpkins and some squash by tarping them in.

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I was a bit late. The frost was already forming, and these tarps didn’t do much good. Thank goodness it warmed up again later in the night/early morning.

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The vines look quite dead, but almost all of the pumpkins are fine and can be harvested later at leisure – before the next frost.

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And now I’ve gotten most of the sunflowers (for the birds) and sweet corn standing again too.

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The first full day of frost today has meant back to digging.

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I had to finish digging up the few potatoes and the quite a few carrots that were left in the ground, then turn over the soil as much as possible.

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Farmer Eriksson came by on his way to the forest. He said he is making a tractor road to a part of the forest that has been neglected because of poor accessibility. He also said that he saw that there has been more rain in october and november than last year which was an unusually rainy year. The difference is that last year it rained all summer and fall, and this year it was a dry summer and rainy fall. So far less, but still muddy. That’s why I’ve been waiting for the frost.

I dug all day, but the days are not long, getting dark at 1600. Long enough to give me a good workout and a sore hind leg.

The gothic greenhouse project looked like this at the beginning of this building season.

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And like this a couple of weeks ago at the end of the season.

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Now the weather is intermittent rain, and when it’s not raining it tends to clear up and freezes. I’ve covered the work with tarps for the winter.

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With one part covered so that I can continue to lay some more stones before it gets really cold.

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It’s pretty tight working conditions in there, but it functions.

With all the rain, the digging is at a standstill, and I can finally stay indoors a little more and get my backlog of computer work done. And next week I hope to start making a few batches of miso.