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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.

It doesn’t look like there will be a cold first week of june with frost this year. I’m planting my sensitives faster this year. Almost all the japanese pumpkins are already in the ground.

Now it’s raining, so I’m glad.

Usually associated with fall, pumpkin soup tastes mighty good cold spring days too. We have a few pumpkins left still.

It just needs a little miso.

A couple of volonters from the compost with less but good flavor get peeled and diced.

Then boiled soft with a little water, sugar and spices and mixed.

After cooling add cream and eggs.

This one is spiced with saffron.

Ready for the Kromsta Market on saturday.

The pumpkin patch is cleaned out and ready for the big fall dig.

Except for the bed of garlic just planted. And most of the sunflowers will stay standing for the birds.

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.

I could of course sit back and enjoy the garden, everything was in such good order when I got back. But not me, my greatest enjoyment is to do.

I pimped the tomatoes and cut the grass around the edges. That was tiring enough for yesterday, and I slept very well too. Now there is more trimming to do, weeding and even harvesting. The garlic is ready to dig up, especially here in the pumpkin patch before it gets flooded over by the pumpkins.

And of course I DO take plenty of time to sit back and take a rest and enjoy!

Home again after a good vacation. The garden is in very good shape.

This whole week has been a time of preparation to get ready for the big Christmas market at Wik Castle. It’s our first time this year, so it will be interesting to find out how good it is compared to our usual Fyris Market. At Wik we will be indoors, so that will be an improvement.

We are making small pumpkin pies.

Apple cakes with saffron,

My latest invention – pumpkin pie spiced with saffron.

Along with a big load of miso, fermented vegetables and pumpkins, we have plenty of stuff to sell.

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