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It’s still drought even tho the weather has been a bit cooler. We have had a little rain, and we have plenty of well water, so almost everything is growing very well.

The pumpkins especially after watering and a good weeding.

Happy Easter

The last of the pumpkins are looking pretty bad these days.

But not bad enough that we can’t make a delicious pumpkin miso soup for Easter dinner.

For many years now I have been helping with the Christmas dinners here at Djurby Gård, and not going to the Fyris Market until April, but this year no dinners, so I do the markets when the weather is good enough. Today is the first of advent and yesterday was the first of the popular advent markets. There are many holiday season markets all over the place. I probably should try some of the other markets, but I went to my usual Fyristorg Market. 



The weather was cold and windy and alot of people stayed home or were at other markets, and all I had was pumpkins and pickles, but sales were very good. 

The guy selling mistletoe.

It was supposed to be rain, so instead of visiting Arashiyama we spent the day at Nishiki Market, a traditional in the main shopping district of Kyoto. 


Hundreds, maybe thousands of stalls selling traditional foods and stuff of old Japan. 

Here’s some pickled pumpkin


Or fresh wasabi


How about a snack of roasted mochi balls with miso or soysauce syrup



Matsutake mushrooms all the way from china


Pickled giant radish


Deep fried snacks


More pickles


Fresh pumpkins


Tofu and soy milk


And much much more.

I’m back to blogging after a period of not. We are leaving my frozen garden…


for a 12 day trip to Japan to see the leaves change color in the temple gardens and hills around Kyoto. And maybe I’ll be able to buy a can of hybrid pumpkin seeds. 

Fyristorg (Fyris Market in Uppsala) today. My first market this year. 

I have some pumpkins left and of course all the pickles including miso. 


There are a few flakes of snow in the air. Hope the costomers dare come out in this weather.  

The CEMUS students were here again for the annual field trip, getting their hands dirty. 


We harvested the last pumpkins and cleaned out the green house.




And the pumpkin patch



And with the scraps, pumpkin, maize and tomato plants, manure, black dirt and other stuff, we made 3 compost piles. 


As usual, we got a lot of important autumn work done. 

And, of course, the traditional fika started the day off and pumpkin soup finished it. 

Students from all over the world come to CEMUS – the institution for  the studies of sustainable development at Uppsala University. 

And we welcome a group of students each term to come here and experience ecological garden work. This time Sweden, Finland, Germany, New Zealand and Cambodia were represented. 

We harvested all the pumpkins on monday after a few frosty nights with more frost to come. 


Today I remembered that I’d better get the volunteers still out on the compost piles. 

Quite a harvest;

I don’t know where the seeds came from, because I’ve never grown the orange stripy kind. Must be from some hybrids. Usually I don’t care much for the compost volunteers because these wild ones don’t get as good a flavor as the hybrids. But these are so beautiful that I can sell them as great ornimentals – and food. 

I made a pumpkin miso soup with one the other day and it was quite good. 

We had a tinge of frost last week, but very little damage. Corn plants got it worst. 


Last night was worse with major damage. 


A little bit of covering helps, but predictions say more to come, so it’s time to take in everything that is sensitive. 

The pumpkins are bigger and nicer this year in spite of the lack of rain and watering. And ripening just fine.