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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.

Last year, at this time, the garden was waterlogged, and I still had to turn over the soil for winter frost processing. This year it is much drier and hopefully easier.

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After some rain the day before yesterday, the soil again dried out enough to rototill the pumpkin patch that had been cleared after the frost. The tilth there is so good now, that I don’t have to turn the soil over. Turning it exposes the clay to the frost that breaks it down. Digging also helps keep the root weeds under control. Tilling doesn’t go as deep but seems to be good enough for now.

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The ‘new’ herb garden also got a good tilling.

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I’ve been working on this small crop circle for 2 years now trying to get the weeds under control. The center is fine but the edges still get a lot of roots coming in from the grass surrounding it. The outer ring is getting beds of annuals like garlic and cilantro, so that I can dig each fall for the next few years. I sow carrots and parsnips between the rows of garlic, giving them a bit of protection. They also germinate better and faster in the spring when sown in the fall. The center part will get a more permanent rockery for the perennial herbs.

It rained a bit last night making the ground just right for tilling without raising a dust storm.

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It went so well, we did all but one of the garden circles today.

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This circle above will be the pumpkin patch this year.

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Last year’s pumpkin patch. This year it will have vegis and flowers.

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Also flowers and vegis. Next year pumpkins.

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The garlic planted last fall is already growing tall.

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Late sun to the west, thunder on the horizon to the south, a few more drops of rain. Tomorrow we’ll make some raised beds and sow the first seeds outdoors for this season.

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Now for some macroweeding.

I’m trying to make a new herb garden. The old one was further away, shady, and infested with oak roots.

I have been working on eradicating all the weeds from this area, but I know that’s impossible. Two years ago I put black plastic over the central part. A very effective method, but the outer parts still have a lot of root weeds ready to retake area. Then there are the seed weeds. Some survive the darkness under the plastic for years, others fly in anew.

So I’ve been rototilling, hand cultivating and weeding all summer, and still it doesn’t seem quite ready. I will however, as usual, prematurely start the rockery and planting this fall.

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The old Agria tiller has been taken out of service. It was too difficult to move and start, so we got a new Husqvarna tiller together with the neighbors. Now all the garden spaces are tilled. If weeds take over before we get everything in the ground we may have to till some areas again.

Tilling the ground that has been turned the previous fall and now covered in compost loosens up the heavy clay soil we have here. It also mixes in the compost and aerates the soil. This gives me the tilth I want.

After tilling I threw up 7 planting beds and sowed carrots, onions, parsnips, spinach, dill, daikon, purslane and parsley.