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The crop circles have each gotten a big dose of compost. It’s time to start the garden.

I got the tiller out and tilled the center of the first vegetable garden. The ground seemed dry on the surface, but was still quite soggy a few centimeters down, so I only did a little. Casting up raised beds was a bit heavy, but I made 8 and sowed seed in four.

I put in the usual first starters – onion sets, carrots, turnips, parsley, spinach and cilantro. Starting early before the dirt warms up and dries out properly gives almost always poor results, but I couldn’t hold myself.

Last year I started even earlier because the weather was so nice, then it went into freezing mode for a week. It all turned out OK, but later sowing was better. This year the prognosis looks like warm weather for the next 10 days and nights.

Spring planting and sowing is done. All the crop circles are filled to the wedge edges. And it is raining (so no market today).




Out to the edges


I’m trying some pumpkins in the green house construction site this year.  


Even the hedges and trees and bushes are getting a weeding. 



Now summer is here! (in my terms). There are a few plants left to find places, mulching and weeding to do. And I’ve planted 2 new flats of lettuces and herbs to plant out for later for a later harvest. 

 

Another group from Uppsala University came out for a field day in the garden yesterday. 

  
They were students and staff from CEMUS – the department for sustainable development. 

The weather was about as bad as it could be (cold and windy), so some of the planned chores got abandoned, but there was still enough to do to keep warm. 

Like tilling 
Weeding   

 
Making beds, planting potatoes and onions and sowing carrots. 

  

Then we cut the work a bit short and went in for some warmth, food and discussions.   

All in all we had a great time and got a lot of work done. I even got a couple of volunteers for future weeding and stone work. 

The weather is great, but that doesn’t matter, I always start sowing indoors around the 15th of april. It’s time to start sowing seeds and growing small hearty plants to plant out in may and june. 

 
Four trays of different brassicas and lactucas (cabbage and lettuce families). 

They will be in a warm place in the basement until germination, then transfered to a new cold frame out side. 

The third crop circle is tilled, bedded, sown and planted, except for a couple of beds saved for later lettuce. 

 

The fourth and last one is almost done too (it’s larger). I may be finished with this stage of the gardening by midsommar (solstice) this year. 

I haven’t made sourdough bread for about 2 months. The starter was languishing in the refrigerator and needed to be revitalized, so I added some rye flour, warm water and let it grow in a warm corner of the kitchen. After a day it was bubbling.

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I used 1 deciliter of it to make sourdough bread – the first for a long time. It turned out excellent.

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In the meantime the garden is drying and warming up. I’ve started tilling, making beds and sowing.

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After clearing away the sunflower plants I left over the winter, I have now spread half a pile of compost over the first garden circle, along with a layer of black dirt for extra nourishment.

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Last year this was the pumpkin patch. This year it will be filled with mixed vegetables and flowers.

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In the next few days, I’ll rototill the whole area, then make a few raised beds and sow them with carrots, onions, etc. and after that start preparing the next garden circle.

The last few days have been near perfect with lots of warm sunshine, and the dirt is drying out and warming up. I must, however, be careful not to get too rambunctious, because it could still get freezing cold again. Last years earliest sowing didn’t turn out very good at all – but it seems to be imposible not to try every year.

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Sowing more greens

Actually I did this two weeks ago and didn’t have time to post on it then.

I’m sowing 5 kinds of lettuce and bulb fennel. These plants get special care to get them growing early and vigorously for planting out as soon as possible. I do this a few times during the summer. This is the last one and hopefuly we will have fresh greens in the autumn