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And a few more tiny rows of onions and carrots. More later!

My early trial plantings and sowing hasn’t done so well in this years April weather. I thought it might be warm early, but the cold and dry came back.

Now it’s supposed to rain and get warmer, so I’ll try again.

I thought the tilth would be bad this year because the turned dirt didn’t freeze very deep in the warm winter.

But the tilth is great, especially with a good tilling.

Now for some raised beds and potatoes, onions and carrots.

And for some rain and warmer weather.

Ya, I’m getting into it. Doing the fall digging for next spring is one of my favorite garden chores

A little bit of yesterddys mowed grass doesn’t hurt.

A lot people prioritise things like bigger, faster, mostest and firstest or more money and less work. Not me, quite the opposite – fun, rest, beauty, artistry and recreation (work) are top priority. I get a lot more profit that way.

Not to speak of the health benefits of dirt, and of course the wonderful smell of fresh turned dirt.

DIRT

I couldn’t wait. I started spreading the compost.

The first crop circle is done.

And the second one started.

Now I wonder if I should get the rototiller out and start tilling it in. And perhaps even make a couple of raised beds and plant some seeds. It IS a bit early and early sowing almost never fares well.

Except for the one that will become the pumpkin patch, all the crop circles are prepared for spring – that is – covered with a layer of compost and then rototilled. 

The weather has been fairly warm (along with the intermittent wind, snow flurries and frosty nights), so I have started to make beds and sow a few rows of the hardy vegetables – right on schedule. 


The cages are place holders for beds where cabbages will be planted out later. 


My new favorite garden tool is called a Hori Hori in Japanese (dig dig). I got it at the garden show in Seattle in February. 


It’s fabulous! It has a large stainless steel blade with sharp point and edges, one serrated. It even has a depth measure in inches. 

An easy thrust goes deep and gets a lot of weed root. It’s great for micro weeding on hands and knees – it acts as a hoe, but more quick and accurate, and even as a brush, lopping off tender weeds at the root. It is also good for digging, planting and can serve as a machete. 

I didn’t cut off one pumpkin plant, which I often do hoeing.

The garden is now as ready as it can be for me to be able to take a vacation to northern Sweden. 

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 ground is just right – warming up and drying out. The compost is spread and most of the weed roots are dug out. It’s going to rain tonight and later in the week, so it’s a good time to till, make some raised beds and sow some seeds and set some potatoes, even tho it is still a bit early. 

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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I’m waiting for the sun to dry out and warm up the soil after two weeks of cold and rain. Then it will be tilling, sowing and planting like crazy.

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In the meantime I’ll make some kimchi, sourdough bread and mow the lawn which is growing fast.