Planting Winter Garlic

Garlic bulbs

Did you know that in cold climates it's better to plant garlic in the fall than in spring? It gives it a head start and enables it to grow big bulbs by the next fall. I got a few bulbs from a friend here in the village who grows garlic in her garden also, so the ones I planted now should be very well suited for this particular climate and region.

Watch me plant some winter garlic in the below video!

We Are Harvesting our Corn

Part of our organic corn harvest

When a friend of ours who lives a few kilometres from us said that he would be harvesting their corn the next day, we thought that we should look after ours as well. On the next day the weather wasn't that nice, so we decided to wait a little longer. With frost already upon the corn, the swedes and the kale were the last remaining plants. On a shiny October day I went down into the garden and checked for the corn cobs. Many of our plants had big cobs on them. With rougly about 15 to 20 plants in 3 rows I had to pick something about 40 to 50 cobs.

Cucumber Frenzy

Cucumbers to be pickled

We did have some cucumbers growing in our garden, but not enough to make conserves of them. We wanted to make some cucumber conserves, and so as our local grower Suttinen had an offer of 1 kilo of cucumbers for 1 euro we went and got about 5 kilos to make sliced pickles out of them. But that is another story. This is about that OTHER time we went and got a few kilos of the same cucumbers to make whole pickles and cucumber relish!

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From the Glog

This Fall's Garden Harvest in One Post

Bean harvest 2017

Fall 2017 has been somewhat crazy. Perhaps there'll be a little retrospect on it later, but for now let's look at some of the delicious veggies we were able to harvest this autumn from our annuals garden.

The year was very subotimal, awfully wet and therefore we had a lot of slugs eating our crops. The summer was also very, very cold, so many things just didn't make it, loke corn or most of the cabbages.

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Biogas Workshop in Parainen, Finland
Red tomatoes hanging on a bush
Corn leaves
Little squash
Tiny cucumber

From the Glog

This Fall's Garden Harvest in One Post

Bean harvest 2017

Fall 2017 has been somewhat crazy. Perhaps there'll be a little retrospect on it later, but for now let's look at some of the delicious veggies we were able to harvest this autumn from our annuals garden.

The year was very subotimal, awfully wet and therefore we had a lot of slugs eating our crops. The summer was also very, very cold, so many things just didn't make it, loke corn or most of the cabbages.

Gardening

Calendula in the Garden

Bee on a calendula flower

I have a lot of calendula plants in my garden. Usually too much, as they tend to sow themselves in the fall and rise in the most surprising places the next spring. I let them rise, as they are actually really beneficial plants to have in any garden!

Obviously calendula (officially calendula officinalis, also called pot marigold) is really beautuful. It makes a great cut flower and it's just a joy to look at while working in the garden. But, it has medical uses as well as does a job keeping pests at bay in the produce garden!

Food

How We Track & Manage Our Produce Use

Produce tracker list

Even on a bad year, we do get quite a lot of produce - especially berries and fruit seemed to like the cold summer this year. We have a root cellar and a big box freezer to preserve it all and we do, but if you happen to have a big freezer also, you know you NEVER find anything in there, don't remember what's there anyway and when spring arrives it's still half full of random stuff, right?