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It seems like every year is warmer than the one before, and earlier and…..

Perhaps I’m just getting old and forgetfull.

It’s definitly earlier and warmer than last spring.

I’ve already made about 20 raised beds, and sowed and planted most of the early crops.

Like a new bed of leeks and some pak choi under cover.

The kids are off for a swim in the lake and we are getting ready for dinner.

One crop circle is finished. The caged garden with a fence around it has all the raised beds made and filled with seeds and plants. Plants that deer and rabbits like – brassicas, chards, beets, leeks etc. 


The brassicas are covered to keep the flea beetles away. 

On an excursion to southern Gotland this morning we found some stuff to take home. 

A nice piece of sandstone to carve.  

Some wild seedlings of a local maple. 
 And some roots of wild horseradish and  a wild garlicy leek called kajp (very tasty). I hope they like my clay soil.   

Today will be the last time at Fyris Market in Uppsala this year.

There is still a little bit of scraggly kale, broccoli, leeks, scallions, swiss chard, pumpkins (several kinds), sauerkraut, sour carrots, dill pickles, and miso.

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Next time will be in April after the blistery cold has past.

With snow on the ground you can see tracks of all the nighttime activity in the garden. The wildlife use the garden as a playground as well as a source of food.

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The rabbits (brown hares) have been trying to find a way in to nibble at an elderberry seedling covered with a wire bushel basket.

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Young fruit trees must have a chicken wire tube around the base also, for protection from the hungry rabbits and deer (roe deer).

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The deer don’t eat the cypresses but use them for rubbing their horns and marking their territory turning them into skeletons in the process, so they get chicken wire tubes too. We have moose, elk and wild swine in the area also, but they don’t come to the garden so far.

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Inside this burlap wrap is a mulberry bush. Someday it will hopefully be a giant mulberry tree. In the meantime it too needs protection from the animals. It is, however, a plant better suited for a warmer clime, so it gets added protection from the cold dry winds of winter.

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They don’t look much for the weather but these leeks are still edible. They are covered with a chicken wire cage because the rabbits like them too. The kales get such treatment as well.

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I got this birch tree from the horticulture school in Enköping. The rootball was rather small and I planted it this fall. It needs to be tied in for a few years to keep it stable in the wind, so that the roots can get established.

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And last but not least, the wellpond has a sheep wire fence around it. This time it is to protect the wildlife (including kids) from falling in and getting frozen wet or drowning.