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The stonework is finished, and I am very happy with this seasons progress. 

I even made a television. The very first permaculture TV set in the world, as far as I know. During fall storms I can sit in the conservatory by the pot belly stove and watch the war of the ants. 
  

But now it’s time to cover the stonewall work in progress, to keep it dry during the winter freeze.  

 

The weather got very gray yesterday, and I went to the Stockholm Garden Show for a bit of inspiration.

http://www.nordiskatradgardar.se

I spent all day trudging around, overloading my little brain with a cacophony of plants, bulbs, seeds, clothes, equiptment, accessories and what have you, as I do each year. My conclusion is that It was not as good as it has been – and no high points.

This was cool – a geodesic dome in kit form of light metal pipes and plastic.

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And an electric wheelbarrow for my old age. I can charge it with my sollar panel.

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The dome was the expo center for Frodas a garden center specializing in permaculture, hydroponics and ceramics.

http://frodas.org

Other highlights at the show were the permaculture group, another group propagating work horses in acriculture and forestry, and the very enthusiastic urban gardening gang.

There are a few places where I almost always meet friends to discuss the gardening year with – Runåbergs seeds, the organic gardening society FOBO, and The Biodynamic Society.

http://www.runabergsfroer.se
http://www.fobo.se
http://www.demeter.nu

At the later, I bought a packet of biodynamic compost preparations for the first time in 30 years – more on that later.

My favorite place is Blomqvist Nursery from Finland. This is the exhibit that makes the visit to the show every year worth while. They have plants and trees native to northern europe from Eastonia, Russia, Siberia, Finland and Sweden.

http://www.blomqvistintaimisto.com

Through the years I’ve gotten siberian blackberries, åkerbär, hjortron, and many old time plum and apple trees. This year i bought a himbergs prune tree (krikon), spulga grapes and a wojtek blueberry honeysuckle (bärtry). The vasa krikon was already sold out, so I’ll have to go to the show and visit them again next year.

Here’s a link to a film about a fantastic man and garden in Austria. He practices permaculture on a very grand scale using water works to form the landscape and gardens.

About a half hour long.