Lame harvest is better than no harvest.

So yeah, the garden thing? Didn’t so much happen this spring/summer, due to our new foofy-haired addition to the family. We have a lot of fruit bushes and trees, however, and the long, warm summer means lots to harvest now. I’d been fretting over the logistics of doing this with baby in tow and didn’t feel up to it until this morning. Not that I had any special breakthrough — it just seems that sometimes the best time to try something new is when you’re just too fed up to care about the details. Now, we have been having a few …

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2013 Harvest, totals and comparisons.

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A gallery of our 2013 harvest, which ended up being mostly fruit since I didn’t get around to tending the vegetable garden enough to get anything out of it. The fruit trees and bushes did quite well on their own, though, which is one of the best reasons to always have them around. And some number crunching: 2012 season 06/09 – 15L rhubarb (chopped & frozen) 06/17 – 350g spinach (frozen) 06/18 – 145g lettuce & greens (frozen) 06/27 – 340g spinach (frozen) 220g lettuce & greens (frozen) 06/28 – 8 wild strawberries (eaten) 07/01 – 150g oregano leaves (frozen) …

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2013 Garden Review: Fruit & Veg Edition

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This would be my annual spring photodump of pictures from last year’s vegetable garden. It is mostly to help me remember what I tried and whether or not it worked out. Last year’s garden was mostly planted in plastic soil bags and a few planters. It didn’t get too far for the same reason as the flowers — the weather just wasn’t that cooperative. In fact, I really don’t remember harvesting much more than some cilantro and spinach. We’ll see how this year goes.

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2013 Garden Review: Flower Edition

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This would be my annual spring photodump of pictures from last year’s garden. It is mostly to help me remember what I tried and whether or not it worked out. Looks like I was rather lazy last spring, probably since I was mostly too sick to do anything more active than sprinkle a few seed packets around. Then again, last year was dry and gloomy even through most of summer, so it’s not like I missed out on THAT much. We’ll see how this year goes.

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How does your garden grow? 2013 season

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Last year, I started taking pictures of my vegetable garden out the kitchen window with the intent of creating a stop-motion movie of it growing over the warm season. That didn’t end up happening for a long stretch of time, thanks to reality intruding on my plans. However, I did save enough for the photo gallery below. Interesting to note that last year, the snow was on the ground well into April, whereas this year it already looks like May outside. I’m going to set a repeating alarm on my phone starting this weekend, to remind me to take a picture …

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2012 Summer Garden Review: Flower Edition

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And here’s the other half of my summer garden pictures, dealing with various flowers encountered during our first summer in the new house. The previous owner was an avid gardener, so there were plenty of flower beds already established and filled with random little surprises. Also, a few wildflowers that I’m hoping my ever-knowledgeable Finnish readers will be able to help me identify.

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2012 Summer Garden Review: Fruit & Veg Edition

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Right around now, when your eyes are inundated with the glare of white snow as far as you can see, it’s nice to think about the equally blinding green that will take over a few months later. Seriously, I’m looking at these pictures and squinting from green overload. I don’t remember it being quite as overwhelming in person, but then again, I was probably wearing sunglasses for most of the time. So, as I did last year, here is our summer garden in review. Edible things edition first.

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Dreaming of spring flowers.

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One of the things I love most about spring in the north is the bonanza of flowering bulbs that burst out nonstop the minute the snows recede. I spent several years back in Cali trying to coax reluctant daffodils and hyacinths into bloom through rigorous refrigerator chilling regimens before finally giving in to the fact that I would only ever have them as cut flowers. Tulips and snowdrops never had a fighting chance. In our Finnish house, though, it’s a completely different story. I am already plotting elaborate flower beds and making wish lists from internet bulb suppliers, even though planting time …

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Last harvest post until this summer, I promise.

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This post has so much pink in it that I suppose it would have been more suitably put up on Valentine’s Day. It owes much to the fact that I was taking photos of stuff in a bright pink berry-picking bucket, though. The giant yellow squash at the beginning kinda dilutes the sickly sweet feeling, at least, so let’s just call it a regular harvest post. Apologies to anybody who has seen the mess that was Wednesday’s post, by the way. I was experimenting with the tiled galleries feature on Jetpack and it ended up not cooperating so well with …

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