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The shortest day and longest night, this year the solstice occured on tuesday, december 22nd, at 04:49 GMT.

Glad Midsummer!


The natural new year came about 10 days/nights ago with the solstice. Now they say we have another new year. The more holidays the better.

Have a Happy One anyway.

New Year dinner with reindeer meat, mashed potatoes and salad and more.

We’ve hit bottom. The days get longer and the nights shorter from now on.


It’s warm, windy, the sun is shining almost all night and there is a promise of a little rain for this evening. Perfect for the Summer Solstice Celebration.

A picture from last year.

I always try to get all four crop circles filled out by solstice, and this year I succeeded. Yesterday I planted out all the remaining plants and seeds, leaving a couple of beds empty for a later crop of lettuces. Most of the first weeding is done too. Last year I was later by more than a week.

Now I can feel relaxed for a couple days of partying.

Seasons Greetings from our Tomte. As far as we are concerned the new year starts at the winter solstice when the sun starts to rise in the sky and warm up the northern hemisphere. Some believe new year starts at the spring equinox.

Whatever – Happy New 2013!

Today is the occurrence of probably the most famous winter solstice in our lifetimes. The Mayans have seen to that. To me it’s just another day but also the gardeners real New Years Day.

At 11.11 UTC the sun will be at it’s lowest point in the northern hemisphere sky and the northern earth will start tilting back toward the sun again. Even tho it will continue to get colder for a while, the sun will be up longer and longer each day gradually warming the garden for yet another season.

As an illustration of the cyclic/spiralic nature of gardening, here’s a screenshot from google earth. It was taken sometime around March 2012 when the garden is still grey with no crops. The top is towards the north.

Timo Garden as seen from outer space.

It’s too bad snow covers the garden now so that UFOs can’t see it. Nothing like a mayan space ship for garden art.

Ingrid Marie apples to store away for Christmas.

It’s a darkening time now until Winter Solstice and Juletid (Yuletide) so it’s good to have some apples to brighten the spirit.


We celebrate Midsommar.

The summer solstice is a very big holiday in Sweden where it is called Midsommar (Litha in ancient times). Only Christmas is more celebrated, perhaps because it is a disguised celebration of the winter solstice (Jul).

On the eve of the solstice families get together at the local commons to picnic as well as to dance around a fertility pole. Later everyone goes to a traditional party in nature (garden, park, beach, meadow etc) for dinner, drinking and revelry often all night long.

This is the shortest night of the year and the longest day. It is considered the beginning of summer. The summer heat accumulates for the next few weeks making the climate warmer and dryer even though the days gradually get shorter.

I try to get my garden pretty much in place (sown and planted) by Midsommer. I always seem to have a little left to do tho. After Midsommar it will mainly be maintainance like weeding, cultivating and watering to do until harvest and food processing take over more and more.