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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 
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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.

Now that all is sown and planted in the garden it’s time for maintanance – watering, weeding and mulching and starting to harvest the early stuff like spinach and radishes.

Weeding cockleburs.

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This corner of the garden was dug up for a sewage system update. There is more work to do on it, so it remains an open sore and thus has a major weed problem. There are thistles, crabgrass and lots of other difficult weeds including cocklebur, also known as burdock.

The tender part of the root is edible, and in Japan it is grown as a delicacy known as gobo. But there are a few too many in a place that is hard digging, so they are chopped off and sent to the place for dangerous weeds before they go to seed.

I will be glad when it’s done and landscaped, so that I can maintain it with the lawn mower.

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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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Along with the microweeding comes the microcultivation.

When I get enough weeds out, I break up the surface of the ground between the plants with a small hand tool. This will disturb the tiny weeds and weed roots that are left and stimulate the crop roots. I can also push soil up around the bottom of the plants to help support them from the seemingly constant wind we have.

As I’ve said before, we have clay soil which tends to cake up after rain and harden and crack during a dry spell. Cultivating is very important for maintaining tilth and helping preserve the soil moisture.

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The other day a friend came by and saw me weeding and called it microweeding. Yes, I microweed.

My garden is small enough and I have enough time to spend on minutely picking out the so called weeds before they can get out of hand. This also gives me the opportunity to be selective and pick out only the weeds I find most obnoxious, leaving the nice ones.

There are many weeds I like such as the clovers and other legumes, tricolor violets and such. Then there are the self seeders like sunflowers, poppies, marigolds, cilantro and many more that I leave to propogate unless they get to big or too much and crowd the crops out.

However, I have to admit, it can look very sterile after microweeding, but it doesn’t take long for the weeds to make a comeback with a vengeance.

Oh, I almost forgot, weeding is my favorite form of meditation.