The red morning sky says it´s going to be rainy today.
And so does the red sun.
It was a hot but rather nice day yesterday, as long as the sun stayed behind the clouds that is. As soon as it showed itself the nice breeze we´ve had dissapered and the heat struck at full power. The flies got nuts and I could feel tension was building up in the air. So I wasn´t the least surprised when thunder could be heard from a distance. By the time I went to bed the thunder had placed itself right above my little cottage. But it was a nice kind of thunder. The lightning mostly flew between the clouds and the rumble sort of friendly and low voiced.
This morning started out real warm and the sky became all red for a couple of minutes when the sun started to rise. I can feel tension is building up again and they have more or less promised thunder today too. Most flies seemes to have dissapered along our morning walk road (I walk the same road every day now since I pick up my newspaper on the way home). I think it has to do with the fact that they have cut down most of the grass on the fields now, to make silage from it. Now they have no place to hide and seek shelter in when weather gets bad. I have to say that I don´t feel sorry for them :-) :-) But with my luck they´ll probably just move to my garden instead :-) :-)
This butterfly has the same brown color on both sides of its wings. Not the most colorful one but it is rather pretty.
Potatoes, what can I tell You about potatoes? Lots actully but most of it is rather boring to be honest. The potatoe had troubles being popular here in Europe in the beginning. No one liked the taste and in the begining they tried to use it as an ingredient when baking bread. It didn´t even become popular when they discovered that one could distill it and make alcohol from it :-) :-) We had to have famine 1771-1772 to make people grow it here.
Geese moving back south.
I went down to the lake yesterday and this is the creek You normally can see on my photo´s but here closer to the lake.
You can´t see much of the lake now since it is very shallow and the vegetation is thick in it.
There are actually several species of potatos, especially grown in Peru. Some need short days to make potatoes others long days. Some can be storaged for months others not even a day until they start growing again. But what ever species one grows it is a nutricious part in a dinner. Sweet potatoe is not a potatoe at all! It is a relative to the Morning glory and can´t be grown here in the north due to the fact it needs lots more sun and heat than it can get here. Some however uses it in big pots and if the pot is placed in a calm, warm and sunny spot it happens that it flowers.
Yellow water lily.
Bjurums church and the old village school.
This old shed belonged to a yellow house that stood abandoned here for several years. The hous is torn down, but the shed still stands.
Well the rain has started to fall and all my animals are sleeping all around my home, so I think it´s time for another cup oif tea and perhaps some breakfast.
Have a great day now!
I removed the lawn on a spot beside my pond. This area is going to be covered with a ground carpet later on anyway. This is about one yard long and almost as wide. Just enough place for one potatoe or maybe two.
I had actually forgotten about my potatoes :-) but found them two days ago. As You can see the sprouts already has the beginning of roots and that is actually all You need. If I had done this earlier in the year and the sprouts had been longer I could have removed theese sprouts from the potatoe and placed them in small pots. They´ll start growing rather fast and can then be planted in the ground. This however takes longer time and they are a bit sencitive in the beginning.
But since I´m a bit late planting theese I´ll do it the old sibirian way. People that were moved to sibiria usually had very little food as it was, so they couldn´t just plant many potatoes in the ground. So they cut out about 1x1 cm (1 cm would be around a bit more that 1/3 of an inch) around the sprout and planted it. The rest of the potatoe then could be eaten. If You plant one small potatoe You´ll get a few but big potatoes when You harvest them. If You plant one big You get many small instead.
Since I had several potatoes to choose from I cut out the best bits from them. But this is more or less around one potatoe. The potatoe piece placed by itself is a bit bigger than the others. I want to see if that size difference makes any difference in how many potatoes I´ll get from it.
I´ve placed these potatoes a bit to close to be honest, but then again I don´t have to survive on what I harvest. As You can see the soil is very light in color when comparing it to the soil closer to the pond (the top of this photo). It contains almost only of sand, perfect for potatoes but difficult otherwise.
The ground was quite dry despite of all rain that has been falling, so I watered it quite a lot. After watering I used a rake to make the surface rough. A rough surface contains the moisture much, much better than a smooth one. Since I planted these potatoes this late I´ll most probably won´t get fruits on them. You know the green "tomatoes" the potatoe plant produces. It can be fun to sow the seeds in them because You´ll never know what kind of potatoe You´ll get. They can be blue, red, clear yellow or even black :-) :-) and some of them keep their color after being cooked. All are edible but some will perhaps not taste that well. Just note this! If You sow potatoes some may be more sencitive to some unpleasant potatoe diseases You don´t want in Your garden. One more thing!! Never keep tomatoes and potatoes close together, not even bits of them!! They will only give each other different diseases and there will be no crop of either tomatoes or potatoes!!
Finished! Did You know that You don´t have to dig down the potatoes? We all know that potatoes kept in the sun will become green and poisouness but still You can grow them above ground. Just put the potatoes on the ground and cover them with black plastic. Only make a small hole where the green vegetation can come up. No sun or daylight is allowed to come under the plastic!!! When it is time to harvest, just remove the plastic and You´ll have nice clean potatoes :-) You can also cover the ground with a thick (around 40cm, that would be around 12 inches) layer of straw (put the potatoes on the ground first though). Walk around on the straw (but avoid the potatoes :-) :-) ) so that it won´t allow any daylight benieth it and water a lot on it. The vegetation will still be able to grow through it. When it´s time to harvest just lift the straw and You´ll have nice clean potatoes. When You´re finished just dig down the straw in the ground, You´ll have perfect soil for other crops next year.