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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…

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The frost came early and hard. It did some damage, but I managed to save the tomatoes, pumpkins and some squash by tarping them in.

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I was a bit late. The frost was already forming, and these tarps didn’t do much good. Thank goodness it warmed up again later in the night/early morning.

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The vines look quite dead, but almost all of the pumpkins are fine and can be harvested later at leisure – before the next frost.

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And now I’ve gotten most of the sunflowers (for the birds) and sweet corn standing again too.

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No risk for frost any more. In fact the last frost was many weeks ago. It’s definitely time to plant out the pumpkins, squash, cucumbers, gourds, maize, etc, and a little bit more of everything else too.

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Each pumpkin plant gets an extra dose of old cow manure.

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I need a lot more mulching material.

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There is a variety of sunflowers in the center and randomly dispersed among the pumpkins. Hokkori (Hokkaido pumpkin) and other pumpkins spiral outwards, with maize (sweet corn) in raised beds around the edges (along with some garlic and a few perennials).

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I could have started a couple of weeks earlier this year, but with the off and on weather, I figured it was best to stick to the traditional schedule.

The market day at Fyristorg was the best so far. Nevertheless, there are always a few vegetables and flowers to take home again, especially the squashes that everybody seems to have too much of.

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Most of it we’ll eat this week, the pumpkins will be saved for later sales, the cucumbers pickled and the flowers will embellish the tables.

It’s the time of year for starting out the curbits. Various kinds of pumpkin, squash, sunflowers and many other flowers need to be started out earlier than the weather and short growing season of this part of Sweden permit. The seeds are sown in flats that can be kept indoors and can thus get going a few weeks ahead of time for later planting out after frost risk is over in the beginning of june.

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Two flats of hokkari kabocha a Japanese pumpkin, also known as the hokkaido pumpkin.

It has an exceptionally delicious flavor with a thick orange meat – my favorite. Even tho it’s a hybrid variety, I have to have it, and so do my Japanese customers. I get the seeds directly from Japan by way of Japanese friends who go back and forth often. Next year we are planning on going ourselves.

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