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Full swing gardening now that spring seems to be here for good.

Ready to burst.

We did!

The apple trees are pruned.

Still a month early, but the sun is warm, the dirt is drying and warming up and I’ve put out compost, so why not try an early start. I put in 6 potatoesin one small bed and onions and carrots in another.

I might as well – see what happens.

And by the way, I won’t be at the market tomorrow saturday and probably not till after the restrictions are lifted.

No winter this year? The prognosis for the next 10 days says more spring weather.

The remaining cabbages are unusually green and tender. Usually they are wiped out by now by frost, cold, wind and snow.

Other vegetables too – like chard and leeks.

Good for dinner

The garlic is coming up way too early also.

Instead of skiing and building cages to protect the summer vegies from animals, I’ve been weeding…

With a weed eater and burning.

It’s never been like this in January in my nearly 50 years of gardening in Sweden. I’m inclined to believe it’s the warmest January ever.

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.