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This garden summer we have had a cool july followed by a hot august, now it’s cool again and seems like harvest time has come early – all of a sudden. It’s quite normal of course, but always comes as a surprise. This year we have had more time, so why not harvest early (in time) instead of waiting for the rainy snowy fall weather. The potatoes were big, so they are all in the root cellar a few weeks earlier than usual. Most of the onions too.

The pumpkins were getting ripe fast, so we picked them imediately in order to keep the rodents from eating too many.

The carrots too, in order to keep the carrot fly worms from getting established, and so that we can make a batch of lactic acid pickled carrot tomorrow when it rains.

It feels good to have so much fall work done already. We can even get started on the winter digging.

Good supply of garlic this year!

The first batch of barley koji this year is good.

Many more to go.

These savoy need to be harvested.

Along with some of my carrots and daikon etc I can make a batch of kimchi (timchi). I was going to make it today, but it didn’t rain, and when the weather is perfect I’d rather be out digging than in the kitchen. They’ll just have to wait for a rainy day.

The next market is the one at Wik Castle. It’s the biggest and best of the year. I thought I’d better start preparing earlier this year, so I started picking pumpkins.

I discovered that the rodents too have found them tasty, so I had better pick all now before they eat too many.

And get some better rodent prevention in place.

Our years supply of onions and garlic is secure.

I can sell the rest now.

Last year we sold too many and had to buy some. The weather is better this year, so they are bigger, and I planted alot more.

I got about 40 hardy plants of lettuce from a guy at the market. I have plenty of space still unplanted, as well as empty beds where I have already harvested stuff, so with a little sprinkle of chicken manure pellets and some cultivation, I planted them out.

My own starts aren’t ready yet and didn’t germinate well either.

I’d better sow a new tray of lettuce starts too for planting out in late summer.

There were a lot of green tomatoes to pick last fall and save to ripen during the fall/winter. We’ve been eating them until now, and these are the last.

These various kinds of small cocktail tomatoes last the longest. The flavor is not that great, but turned into a cresmy tomato soup, the flavor is excellent.

Dried and packaged for later use.

And now the second batch is up drying, and the third batch is inoculated and in the incubator. It’s kind of like a conveyor belt operation, but with little hands on work. If the conditions are right the aspergillus mold grows very well on it’s own.

I finally got them all in out of the cold for winter storage and selling. All over the place.