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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Weekly Harvest Post

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We went away for a couple of weeks on holiday during the prime growing season, so it’s no surprise that the garden turned into a jungle in the meantime. Now I’m scrabbling to harvest and clean up as much as I can before the temperatures drop. It’s all a bit daunting, but I’m sure we’ll be enjoying our fully packed freezer come this winter! The actual numbers: 07/09 – 40g wild strawberries Fragaria vesca (frozen) 07/11 – 140g wild strawberries (frozen) 1900g strawberries (frozen) 07/12 – 520g mixed greens [2 lettuces (Lactuca sativa “Salad Bowl” and “American Brown”), chickweed (Stellaria …

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General garden pictorial update.

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I’ve been mentioning the food items coming out the garden recently, but haven’t really done any posts on the general state of things. So this is a post to remedy that. Finnish summers are all about a surplus of daylight and moisture, so things get ridiculously lush in short order. Our current look is somewhere between rampant jungle and cottage garden. I hope to have things leaning more towards the latter by next year 😉  

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Weekly Harvest Post, for reals this time.

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Because it’s July and suddenly I can’t keep up with all the stuff there is to do out there! With prime berry picking season just around the corner, it’s about to get really crazy here at Casa Kerfuffle. The actual numbers: 07/02 210g chickweed Stellaria media (frozen) 160g spinach Spinacia oleracea “Campania F1”(frozen) 07/03 400g chickweed (frozen) 150g lettuce Lactuca sativa “Salad Bowl” and “American Brown” & spinach (frozen) 1400g garden strawberries (eaten) 10g wild strawberries Fragaria vesca(frozen) 07/04 540g chickweed (frozen) 60g cilantro Coriandrum sativum(frozen) 07/06 2080g garden strawberries (half frozen, half eaten) 30g wild strawberries (eaten) 07/07 540g …

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OK, so it’s more of a fortnightly harvest post…

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It was a bit too soggy to go out in the garden most of last week. Things started to clear up at the end of this past week, though, so here is what came out of the garden recently! 06/18 – 145g lettuce & greens. 06/27 – 220g lettuce & greens. Two different varieties of leaf lettuce (one reddish and one light green), with a few leaves of young garden dandelion thrown in for variety. Frozen in 1 liter bags for cooking with later. I know most western cultures only use lettuce raw in salad these days, but I’ve always …

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Spring garden rush has begun.

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The evenings are still just a couple degrees above 0C, but daytime temps are now between 10-20C and very sunny, so it’s definitely spring. Everything is budding, flowers are starting to appear and butterflies are everywhere. I’ve started cleaning up the garden and grounds best as I can, though I’m sure it will take at least a few years before everything is under control. So far, I’ve cleaned up the dead matter from the perennial beds around the house, pruned two raspberry hedges and a grapevine. Definitely have the beginnings of a huge new compost heap in the corner of …

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