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One Year in Finland

Life Beyond Buckthorns

23rd of May 2017 came and went. Why is that an important date anyway? Well, it's the one-year anniversary of our life in Finland. On the 23rd of May 2016 my Mum picked us up from the Tampere airport and brought us back to the house, which was completely jam-packed with moving boxes. We slept on my old bed, mum camped downstairs and on the 24rd we got to work.

We Built Our Own Biogas System

Participants at the Biogas Workshop at the Finnish Permaculture farm Beyond Buckthorns

After the successful Biogas workshop at the Parainen permaculture we scheduled another Biogas workshop. This time at our own premises: the Beyond Buckhtorns Permaculture. We had plans to build this DIY Biogas system since we planed our move to Finland. Due to the high latitude at 61°, and the very cold winters, the prerequisites on building a Biogas system are more than for a system in Portugal. Therefore our planing took pretty long.

Biogas Workshop at the Parainen Permaculture

Biogas Workshop in Parainen, Finland

On the weekend of the 28th of April Lumia and I drove down to the Parainen Permaculture, better known as Päivärinteen permakulttuuritila. I was invited by Lotta, who is the owner of the permaculture farm, to run a biogas workshop. Our objective was to create an IBC biogas system and a Floating IBC gas storage. We arrived in Parainen shortly before 11 o'clock. And over the next 15 minutes all participants arrived. 

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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

Pickled green tomatoes it is

Pickled green tomatoes it is

In March I started to plant a lot of tomatoes. 5 varieties, 8 - 15 plants per variety, planted in pots indoors. It all looked very well in the beginning, the plants where growing, enjoying the sun behind the window. I transferred them into bigger pots once they grew out of their pot. Cared every day for them and it seemed that everything was going according to plan.

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