Welcome to the Weekend coffee share! Can I offer you some coffee? Or tea?
My apologises for not writing a coffee share last weekend, it was crazy busy! I spent last weekend writing on my thesis, only taking short breaks.
This week has been marvellous here in Dalarna (Sweden). The weather has been mostly sunny with highs of 12-18C/53-65F. The nights are still in the 30’s, but are supposedly getting warmer this coming week (with day temperatures slightly colder than this week.) 18-21C/65-70F are my preferred temperature all year round, warmer than that is too hot if you ask me. Unfortunately this summer is supposed to be really hot, we’ll see..at least my garden will appreciate that.
The garden isn’t that impressive right now, but taking a closer look there is a lot of life hidden here, just waiting to burst out.
All the berry bushes that I planted last summer/fall survived the crazy winter we had with many cold days, warm days (when everything thawed,) and more cold days, warm days etc. It made me happy to see that my bushes are thriving (they are an investment.) I’m planning on planting wild strawberries around all the berry bushes (red currant, black currant, gooseberry,) that are planted in garden beds, as soon as it gets a little warmer. That way I have a great and delicious ground cover, preventing unwanted weeds.
Speaking of my garden, on Thursday they unlocked the gate to the road leading to my allotment garden. I immediately arranged to bring soil and compost there this weekend. In other words, I rented a car and prepared the bokashi compost I have at home. (I also have two regular composts at my lot in the allotment garden.) Since I only need a car every now and then it makes more since from an environmental point of view to rent a car, it’s about $35/day, instead of owning a car. Yesterday I took the bus to the rental place and picked up my car, loaded it with about 100l boakshi compost (bokashi composting is a way of turning food scraps into fermented organic matter that you can then add to your compost pile, or bury in garden beds,) and 500l organic soil. I took it up to the garden, and carefully added it to my garden beds as needed. Most of it went to the top layer of the huge hugelkulture bed I built last fall. I also had about 500l organic soil in my compost at the allotment garden that I also added to my garden beds.
It felt so good after I finished preparing all the garden beds! After that I planted carrots in all the colour of the rainbow directly into one of the beds. I also planted some poppy seeds that a neighbour gifted me. In a couple weeks I’ll start to transplant vegetables that started their lifecycle at my balcony over to the allotment garden.
I also plan on adding 2-4 fruit trees this year. I know I want a couple apple trees. They thrive in our area and we eat a lot of apples, so it makes sense. I might add some other fruit trees as well, but apples are a priority. Some varieties of plums and cherries are also doing well in our area. I met some of my friends in the garden club for the first time this year yesterday. It was great seeing them again, and it truly was a wonderful day.
How is your week? What have you been up to? Are you enjoying the weekend?
I’m thinking that the perfect ending to this post would be a couple cute picture updates showing the growth of my daughters Flemish Giant baby “little” Munchkin. (He was born February 9, 2023.)
Today I’m going to spend the entire day with my daughter and do little things around the house, preparing for the week to come. Somehow I have meetings every single day after work this upcoming week, it’s going to be quiet the week. Luckily next weekend is a three day weekend. Thank you Natalie for hosting the Weekend Coffee Share.