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No winter this year? The prognosis for the next 10 days says more spring weather.

The remaining cabbages are unusually green and tender. Usually they are wiped out by now by frost, cold, wind and snow.

Other vegetables too – like chard and leeks.

Good for dinner

The garlic is coming up way too early also.

Instead of skiing and building cages to protect the summer vegies from animals, I’ve been weeding…

With a weed eater and burning.

It’s never been like this in January in my nearly 50 years of gardening in Sweden. I’m inclined to believe it’s the warmest January ever.

The garden partybis a good ocassion to do some extra weeding. One crop circle is looking spiffy anyway.

Another crop circle (this years pumpkin patch) has gotten a thorough weeding and cultivation.

There’s nothing like clean dirt! Now just one to go.

Another crop circle weeded.

Now that most of the weeds are gone, the vegetables will grow and fill out the area.

The weeds will soon be back. Most of the weeds are nice ones but too many, like poppies, cilantro, marigolds, sunflowers, etc, others are not as well appreciated such as crabgrass, thistles, lambs quarters, chickweed and bindweed.

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.