Conserving Corn

Corn leaves

Our corn harvest happened a while back, but as there are not so many garden news to post during the wintertime, I thought I'd revisit the subject and share what we did with corn we got in October.

First of all, we got a lot of ears, but most of them were not fully developed. A few were really big with yellow corn, the most medium-sized with pale yellow corn and some very small ones, which is great, as it means we have baby corn, too!

Our Cozy Winter Home

Our house in the fall sun

The winter has arrived, and even though this is not the High North of Westerors it does get cold in here too. Well, we are in latitude 61°, which is not very high up in Finland but looking at it globally it very much is! We get the winters the latitude suggests: cold, snowy, long. That's why I felt there are a few steps I'd like to do before it gets all too snowy or cold. Here's a my little list:

Kale is in Season

Frosty kale

The winter has arrived! I would actually hope it would go away for a while still, but it has its benefits - beautiful snow, good reason to cuddle inside - and tasty kale! We've been having kale a lot now after it got the frost it needed. Now the kale looks great and I can now also tell you, it tastes great.

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.

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.

Jump menu

Cutting a huge pumpkin
Biogas Workshop in Parainen, Finland
Sea Buckthorn Harvest
Zucchini waiting on the workbench to be chopped
Detail photograph of a red currant by Dominik Jais

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?