Catching the rain

At Beyond Buckthorns we have our own well. It is 12 – 13 meters deep and is connected to a pump that starts when there is demand. Well water is our drinking and washing water. In 2017 we got hit by 2 droughts. Both together made it necessary to…

Garden Log - a Glog!

Welcome to the first post of our glog - our garden log book for quick and simple updates on what is happening in the garden on a daily basis. This is the tag to follow if you want to know what is going on in the garden beyond…

Digging the First Potatoes of the Year

On the 11th of June we dug up our first potatoes of the year! It took three plants to give enough potatoes for us to enjoy a fulfilling dinner. The traditional Finnish first potato meal is very simple: boiled potatoes, dill and butter. Delicious…

Planting Squash and Pumpkins in Finland (Zone 5)

When I look at the hardiness map at plantmaps.com our place is right in the border of zones 5a and 5b.

5 Kilos of Strawberries for Winter

We don't have any strawberries in our garden (at least not yet), but I neither wanted to go completely without them this summer, nor have to buy imported and/or frozen berries in the wintertime.

Getting Rid of Cabbage Moth from Your Cruciferae

Pests are somehow an ancient troublemaker. But ancient troublemakers always find their way into the present. I love garden radish, as well as kale, as well as kohlrabi, and of course the delicious Brussels sprouts.