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  1. 2024-04-19 April's Fool

    Published: Fri 19 April 2024
    By Goran

    In Blog.

    April's fool

    Who is the greater fool? Probably me.

    Many of my old friends think that we are crazy who moved to a farm, just outside a forgotten small town. What could possibly be interesting out there?, they scoff.

    When I talk to old buddies, from my engineering past, they …

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  2. 2024-03-29 Spring is coming

    Published: Fri 29 March 2024
    By Goran

    In Blog.

    March! Onwards!

    All over Europe, farmers protest. The tension between the central urban power and the weakened periphery is growing. For decades, the cities have amassed wealth, power and privilege, while ignoring and exploiting the countryside folks.

    The urban elites with academic diplomas have taken over most political parties. Even …

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  3. 2024-02-25 Cold and wet

    Published: Sun 25 February 2024
    By Goran

    In Blog.

    February - Cold and wet

    This month I am re-reading the most excellent book Overshoot by William R. Catton. If you have not read it yet, make a note to get a copy from your local library, and read and reflect. The predicament of our Civilization is long in the making …

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  4. 2024-01-28 Winter ways

    Published: Sun 28 January 2024
    By Goran

    In Blog.

    January - Winter ways

    Clay render

    This fall and winter, we have intermittently worked on our sunny room. It is the south-most room in the old part of our house, built in the 1800s. We chose to put in large new windows in the hitherto window-less south wall of our house …

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  5. 2023-12-30 Winter and holidays

    Published: Sat 30 December 2023
    By Goran

    In Blog.

    December - Winter and Holidays

    Titans of waste

    I would like to start with a winter story I heard a few times when I lived in Russia in the 1990s. It was an anecdote about the poor results of state-led allocation of resources.

    "In the Soviet Union times, the government resource …

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  6. 2023-11-30 Drizzle and Snow and Sunshine

    Published: Thu 30 November 2023
    By Goran

    In Blog.

    November - drizzle and snowshine

    It was a month with record low sunshine. 29 hours, according to the statisticians. One hour per day. The rest of the time it was gray, and quite a few of those long, drizzling rain days.

    We did get started on some outdoor projects. The most …

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  7. 2023-10-27 Nut harvest season

    Published: Fri 27 October 2023
    By Goran

    In Blog.

    October - Nut harvest season

    In October the walnuts and the chestnuts are ripe here in Southern Sweden. This summer, we have been biking around the villages in around here and talking to people with nut trees in their gardens to ask if we could come and harvest later. Everyone we …

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  8. 2023-09-27 As you sow so shall you reap...

    Published: Wed 27 September 2023
    By Goran

    In Blog.

    September - Harvest Times

    From times immemorial, there have been sayings in the style of: "as you sow, you shall reap". Ominous words, indicating that you get your just deserts when fall comes.

    Those of us who are eager and optimistic infallibly sow more than is practical to harvest. Especially in …

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  9. 2023-08-31 Joop

    Published: Thu 31 August 2023
    By Goran

    In Blog.

    My friend Joop

    I want to share a few memories of my time with Joop Wantenaar, one of my best friends. Joop passed away on 31 august this year.

    Joop played a key role in my life during the last eight years. Without the discussions with Joop and his generous …

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  10. 2023-08-27 August rained away

    Published: Sun 27 August 2023
    By Goran

    In Blog.

    Some like it wet

    August came and went. It is usually the warmest month, but this year we had not a single day reaching 30C. After a very dry early summer, we have had for almost every day in both July and August. Very unusual weather. One day we had …

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  11. 2023-07-27 Summer Chestnuts

    Published: Thu 27 July 2023
    By Goran

    In Blog.

    Summer Chestnuts

    The summer is an exciting time, when the chestnuts that I seeded in March are growing out into small treses.

    I built two airprune beds and they seem to work fine. One was weak in the bottom and fell out, so I fixed that one, and the other …

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  12. 2023-07-22 Trees and Tables

    Published: Sat 22 July 2023
    By Goran

    In Blog.

    Trees and Tables

    I love trees. Trees are our friends and teachers. Trees have been around for millions of years. The oldest family that is still with us is the Ginkgo family, with small changes over the last 200 million years. They were around in the time of the dinosaurs …

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  13. 2023-06-16 June - light and dry

    Published: Fri 16 June 2023
    By Goran

    In Blog.

    Dry June

    June has been extraordinary dry. No rain for six weeks and 25-30 degrees most of the days. Neighbour farmers even ir!rigate the grassy hayfields, which I hear is new in this area. In the past, only vegetables and sometimes grains were irrigated. Since May I have been …

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  14. 2023-05-21 Growth is Great

    Published: Sun 21 May 2023
    By Goran

    In Blog.

    Growth is Great

    Organic growth in the early summer is amazing. We have warm and pleasant weather (20-25C at noon, 10C minimum), so everything that is planted out is growing like crazy.

    . Chestnut seedlings on an air-pruning table

    The poly-tunnel is a mediterranean climate, of dry, warm weather. The figs …

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  15. 2023-04-30 King of Spades

    Published: Sun 30 April 2023
    By Goran

    In Blog.

    Crazy April

    It has been a crazy month. Very busy. Very good. Sometimes deeply sad, sometimes joyfully exuberant.

    We give a ten day, whole year training on growing nuts, at Holma Folkhögskola, my friends Johanna, Anders and me.

    . Here we are at Anders' place Rydeholm.

    . Anders shows one of the …

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  16. 2023-03-20 Fruit rootstock

    Published: Mon 20 March 2023
    By Goran

    In Blog.

    Planting out fruit rootstock

    Nut trees are the best, but I also like fruit trees. They all have a role to play in a diverse food ecosystem. Therefore I visited the nursery "Rögle Plantskola" between Ängelholm and Helsingborg. It is a 45 minute drive south from here, just on the …

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  17. 2023-02-19 Airtime

    Published: Sun 19 February 2023
    By Goran

    In Blog.

    Airtime for the chestnuts

    Now that the polytunnel is up, I can plant the chestnuts in a protected environment, without hard frosts and no wind chill.

    The best roots develop when you plant a chestnut on the location where the tree will stand the rest of it's life. However, most …

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  18. 2023-02-04 Chipper

    Published: Sat 04 February 2023
    By Goran

    In Blog.

    New Scary Chipper

    In the end of the fall, I purchased a wood chipper that works as an attachment on the 2-wheel tractor. It is a sturdy wood chipper that uses the engine of the 2-wheel tractor in stand-still mode. Instead of servicing two engines, one for the tractor and …

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  19. 2023-01-15 Protected culture

    Published: Sun 15 January 2023
    By Goran

    In Blog.

    Protected culture

    I have always been interested in cultures. In the past, I travelled a lot, and contributed an inordinate abount of carbon to our common atmosphere. Everywhere I came, I tried to learn some language, customs, traditions, norms and values. In some respects, people are people everywhere, but there …

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