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…

We Decided to Make Joghurt at Home

In December we were staying in Germany for Christmas and during that time we had a discussion with my parents about Finnish joghurt. If you were ever used to German joghurt you will only like some of the Finnish joghurts, perhaps the one liter…

How We Track & Manage Our Produce Use

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.

This Fall's Garden Harvest in One Post

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.

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…

Our First Year with Photovoltaics

Last year in August we got our 4.6 KWP photovoltaik on-grid system up an running. Time for some thoughts.