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Or rather exploded. It’s been warm off and on since february, but last week was wintery – grey, cold and windy. Today it’s like a summer day, as was yesterday and probably 10 days on. And inspiring early garden activity. Like opening up the rest huts.

Planting trees and bushes like this grape plant.

And start more cabbages, lettuce and herbs.

I also tilled the crop circle where the students had spread compost, made a couple beds where I set onions, and carrots.

And set a row of Timo potatoes as the sun was getting low.

It’s quite early for here and I may have to cover for later frost, but it’s worth a try.

It sure seems like spring has come, so besides the indoors jobs of koji and miso making, I’m getting more and more into preparations of the garden for spring. As the ground unfreezes I can work on the compost piles.

I’m airing, straightening everything out, making it look nice and chasing rodents.

This is the latest pile with winter refuse.

I’ve got 10 piles now, with 5 ready to go out on the crop circles, and 5 to continue fermenting until next spring.

Earlier and earlier every year, it doesn’t amount to much, but I try to get some early greens each spring.

One tray of eruca (wild rucola) and the other of spinach.

I thought of putting them out into a cold frame or such to see what happens, but then we have an old car on the way to the junk yard, and I got the bright idea of using it as a green house in the meantime.

It might work if it doesn’t get too cold and if the sun comes out sometime soon.

April weather

The ground is drying up nicely, so I can start to make the vegetable crop circles ready for this summers garden. I take out the sunflowers from last year, which I leave standing all winter for the birds and also for the sculpural effect especially in the snow.

Soon I can spread out the compost, till the dirt and make the raised beds for the plants and seeds, but first it has to dry out and warm up some more. And the plants, that are now in the cold frame, grow slower and will need a few more weeks to get bigger and hardier.

It is however starting to warm up!

But not time yet to put out the tomatoes.

It is time to start hanging out the laundry tho.

Here’s a video from YouTuber Jonna Jinton

She lives a bit further north.

Coool!

We finally got a substantial rain – ca 16 mm the last 48 hrs – the first in months. Who would have thought Sweden would have a draught. The water table is at an all time low in many areas. 

Most of the spring chores, however, are done – seeds and plants in and watered mostly by hand. After the rain is a good time to start putting out the flax straw mulch, especially in the walkways. 

The first trays of cabbage are planted and covered with fleece. 


There are still a lot of pumpkins and squash left to plant out, but the cold nights of the first week of June are not in the weather predictions this year so…


Snow in the air, but soon spring will be here. 

It will soon be spring.