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We are getting the garden ready – a thorough weeding, hand tilling, covering from pests, and mulching – in order to be able to leave it on it’s own, while we take our yearly vacation to northern Sweden. 

I call it micro weeding because we get down on our hands and knees and pick even the tiniest weeds along wth the the big ones. 

After 10 days of vacation up north, I’m back home again, and the garden looks like it’s in good shape.

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The neighbor lady watered the tomatoes.

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It rained a couple of times the first 2 days, so the rest of the garden is not as dry as it looks.

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The weather has turned hot (nearly 30 degrees), so after a morning of mowing, raking, mulching and weeding neglected areas, I’m stretched out for a lazy afternoon. Maybe more gardening in the evening.

I’ve been frantically weeding and preparing the garden so that I can leave it, go on vacation to the deep north and not have to worry about it too much. I don’t think I’ve ever had it so well weeded, but there is plenty more that could be done.

Goodbye Timo Garden.

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Now I’m on the bus to catch the night train to Kiruna where I’ll visit relatives and do some wandering in the mountains for a couple of days. Then to Pajala, LuleĆ„, and UmeĆ„ to visit more friends and relatives.

It is very nice to get away from weeding and watering, etc for a while, but how will the garden manage without me.

Most of the snow melted earlier in February, then it got cold again. So far it’s the coldest March I’ve ever experienced. As long as the sun is shining all day, the daylight grows longer and the stars are ever bright, it feels good. The snow covering is hard packed and frozen – perfect for long walks.

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Or a dance. The dance floor is complete for this year, but it will need some trimming. And by the looks of it, it will need to be expanded with another ring. Something to do next winter.

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It ‘folds up’ nicely.

I haven’t seen any wild boar yet, but there are solid reports of them being seen in the woods next to my garden. It’s only a matter of time before they find my space and start wreaking havoc. When that time comes…

I haven’t sown any seeds yet or even ordered a supply of new seeds for this season. The apple trees haven’t been pruned either, but there’s plenty of time. After all, it’s still winter. I never rush spring activities. Whenever I have, it hasn’t seemed to speed things up at all.

In fact we are taking vacation for a couple of weeks. We will be travelling to Seattle to see friends and relatives. I also hope to find some gardening or food processing places to gain inspiration from, take some pictures of and report on.