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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.

The pumpkin patch is in!

 

The pumpkin plants (kabocha, uchiki kuri, acorn, sweet potato pumpkin, and jackolantern-type and more) have been planted in a spiral, from the center outwards, with sunflowers interspersed and sweet corn planted in raised beds around the perimeter. 

  

  

Now for some mulching, weeding and perhaps a bit of watering. Soon this will become a sea of green, billowing in the wind. A calming attraction for meditation and rest in the bus stop. 

  

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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The dirt in one crop circle is now dug and turned over. The sunflowers are left for the birds. I feel quite satisfied.

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Some people think this looks naked – that the ground should always be covered, but it doesn’t bother me. I like the tilth that comes from the clay freezing. This garden, however, was so cleaned up before turning that I started to feel sorry for the worms.

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So I raked up and threw out a couple of wheelbarrows of leaves for the worms. It looks kinda nice too.

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Freshly microweeded and hand cultivated, the pumpkin leaves will soon take over and smother all further weed problems.