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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.

My early trial plantings and sowing hasn’t done so well in this years April weather. I thought it might be warm early, but the cold and dry came back.

Now it’s supposed to rain and get warmer, so I’ll try again.

I thought the tilth would be bad this year because the turned dirt didn’t freeze very deep in the warm winter.

But the tilth is great, especially with a good tilling.

Now for some raised beds and potatoes, onions and carrots.

And for some rain and warmer weather.

Still a month early, but the sun is warm, the dirt is drying and warming up and I’ve put out compost, so why not try an early start. I put in 6 potatoesin one small bed and onions and carrots in another.

I might as well – see what happens.

And by the way, I won’t be at the market tomorrow saturday and probably not till after the restrictions are lifted.

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 prepared and sowed several more beds for late summer and fall.

More turnips, daikon, radishes, onions, beets, burdock, etc.

Yesterday I made a batch of herb miso, then went out and started making my raised bed spiral in the first crop circle that I had tilled the evening before.  

 I made 9 beds. Some are still empty, but I put in some potatoes, onions, carrots, parsnips, dill and parsley. Much more to come. 

 There are always some vegetables that survive the winter, especially this last mild one, like onions missed at harvest time and kale if it has been protected. Along with cubed tofu, these will make a great spring miso soup. 

A friend at the farmers market last saturday said he was going to set his onions when he got home. My experience is that starting too early never works. Onions started later always seem to catch up (i don’t usually start until mid may). But with global warming and conducive weather, I try again.

  

  

So, 3 raised beds in the 2 vegetable crop circles are planted with red and yellow onion sets, with carrots and spinach in the rows between. It can’t do any harm, and I may get earlier vegs for us and the market. 

Saturday afternoon a group of students from the CEMUS program (studies on sustainable development) at the Uppsala University came out for a field day. This is the forth year now.

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The students from all corners of the earth did a lot of work cleaning out the dead material from the gardens, working on the compost piles and making new compost. They also dug all the rest of the potatoes and cleaned onions.

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Then at the end of the day we sat around the fire and refilled our energy reserves.

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It was a beautiful day, fun and we got a lot of work done. The compost never looked so good.

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(Some of the pictures are from Ingrid Rieser)

A very good load for the first farmers market this summer.

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I found a surprisingly large amount of sales ready vegetables, flowers and fermented foods to take to the Saturday (today) Fyris Market in Uppsala.

Be there soon.