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I got all the tomatoes and peppers in.

The weather is unseasonably hot and dry. We have a good supply of water, but it takes a lot of time watering.

Big pots, old manure, dirt and tomato plants. I buy tomato plants at garden markets, because I don’t have proper lighting and temperature conditions earlier in the year. And that way I get a greater variety of tomato types.

It is still early, and I must be ready to get out some evenings and cover them on cold nights.

After all the guests snd garden parties, we are off on a garden viewing trip. First stop is Järna – a nice little home-made greenhouse full of tomatoes and peppers. 

More rain and warmer nights. It’s a hectic time now to get everything planted out. 



Tomatoes and peppers potted


The earlier stuff is looking good too. 

The tomatoes picked at the end of fall last year have riped in the food cellar and have lasted well until now. It’s time to make the last ones into a salsa. 


It’s a mix of mostly tomatoes with sweet peppers, chili peppers, onions and garlic along with a good portion of oregano, basil, sage, rosemary and thyme simmered with soy sauce for a couple of hours. 


Then ground to a pulp. 


It’s either used now for homemade pizza, lasagne and such or stored in the freezer for later use. 


In one portion I added lingon berries and miso after cooling for a new flavor sensation. 

 

The tomatoes are in their pots, but I have a little more space to fill, so I think I’ll buy 7 more and a couple more peppers or chilis. 

The cold nights of the first week in June are called iron nights (järnnätter), and sure enough, as soon as I plant out some tomatoes, we get one. In the middle of the night I had to go out and do some covering. 


It was slightly below freezing, but there was only a little damage. 

Some of the hokkori pumpkins got a little frost bitten around the edges of their leaves even tho I covered them. 

 

I’m going to plant them out today and hope we don’t get any more frost. 

A bitter cold wind is blowing, but the sun is warm. I spent most of the day in the sun on the lee side of the stone wall getting the tomato plants into bigger pots with lots of old manure. Ready for summer. 


These are the last of the tomatoes from summer.  

 
They were picked green in October, before the hard frost, and have kept well in the food cellar until now. Of course many went bad along the way and went into the compost bin. 

This is a never ending story. In fact, I will be very sad if it ever gets finished. 

I put a few more layers of rocks on this section. 

It’s up close to the height I want, so I moved tomatoes there to catch the sun and warmth while I work on the back section.  

Then in the fall, I’ll try to top it off for the winter with a couple more layers. This time permenently capping it with some ceramic half pipes I got at the farmers auction last sunday.