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It’s still drought even tho the weather has been a bit cooler. We have had a little rain, and we have plenty of well water, so almost everything is growing very well.

The pumpkins especially after watering and a good weeding.

After 10 days in the far north mountain hiking, doing maintainance at the old homestead and enjoying the Pajala market, I’m back home and microweeding in the garden again with my trusty hori hori. 


I’m going on vacation soon and must get the garden weeded – earlier than usual this year. 


Less micro weeding and more speed weeding. 




Then to the Abisko Mountains in northern Sweden for some hiking. 

The crop circles are pretty well filled out now, except for a few beds saved for later. 


The season for weeding has now started. 


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. 

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. 

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 fourth crop circle is done now (with space for later vegies). 

Spring planting and sowing is completed, and now it’s time for transition into summer – a few days of solstice partying – then summer jobs such as weeding, mulching and watering. And building, like continuing with the everlasting stonework on the gothic greenhouse.  

The weather has turned hot. 30 centigrade is hot for around here . I can only manage to do a little watering, weeding and such for a couple hours in the morning. Then I have to take it easy for the rest of the day. I get a lot of reading done and go swimming.

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The garden is pretty much ready to go. Ready for me to go on vacation, that is.

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All plants are planted out. The seeds are sown. The crop circles have gotten their first big weeding. Most of the mulch is in place. And it has rained quite a bit the last 2 days.

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Even the stone work is nearly high enough to start on the arch for the opening when I get back.

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Now I’m off to northern Sweden for about 10 days of hiking, camping and visiting.