Living beyond sea buckthorns. A journey into permaculture, gardening, biogas and food in rural Finland, Laitikkala

From the Glog

Mulching for Winter

Mulching with hay and leaves

And suddenly it's November and the winter is really getting near (there's a snow storm coming tomorrow actually!) Therefore today I got started in making our garden ready for winter. I removed all plants which were either supposed to make seed but didn't have enough time to do so, or were flowers past their bloom still in the garden. Well, I of course didn't remove them from the garden, I just pulled them out and laid them on the ground as mulch.

Gardening

Setting Up a Strawberry Field Hopefully Forever

Strawberry field with straw and newspaper covering the soil

Over the last weeks I prepared my strawberry field. I turned the earth upside down, removed hundreds of stones (ok 11), and set a border. In order to grow strawberry easily I first put newspaper on the ground and covered that with organic straw. Why easily? When you cover the soil with straw the strawberries grow on the straw (Actually: Where does the name strawberry come from?). They don't come in contact with the soil, especially wet soil, and therefore they don't get moulds that fast.

Food

Lingonberry Creations

Mashed Finnish lingonberries

Happy new year 2017! The new year has started with beautiful, cold weather and lots of plans for the next year! However there is not that much we can actually do in the garden, so I thought I'd use the throwback Thursday excuse to post something from last harvest season! I never shared all the ways we conserved lingonberries.

Chase and Snow

Who we are

When we got the offer from Lumias mother to take over her two-hectare premises in the countryside of Finland we jumped for joy. For us living in the countryside in a house with a big garden was a big dream - after years and years of city dwelling we had grown to realize we want to live in nature, with nature, and this was our chance.

After one and a half years of learning, planning and jumping for joy we packed our bags in Germany and moved into our new home in May 2016. Join us on our journey in making the premises our dream come true - a Nordic permaculture paradise!