Month: April 2015

pots seedlings

Thinning out the seedlings

I was hoping to get my seedlings ready to be potted and planted straight to the balcony garden from their original paper pots in May. But the weather has been so annoying, the temperatures fluctuating and yesterday it was snowing like there’s no tomorrow. I cannot even think about moving the plants to the balcony. The seedlings have been growing bigger and bigger and they need more space. So I made a decision to pot the herbs (basil and mint), pot also the zucchini seedlings and thin out komatsuna and kale seedlings. The beans also needed a stakes, they are getting so long. After doing this operation I hope that I can keep the seedlings inside the apartment and growing at least two more weeks because I do not trust that weather. Miä toivoin, että toukokuussa olisin jo voinut istuttaa keittiöpuutarhani taimet suoraan parvekkeelle lopullisiin istutuslaatikkoihinsa ja ruukkuihin pois niistä paperisista kasvatusruukuista. Mutta sää on ollut niin ärsyttävä, lämpötilat heitelleet ja eilen satoi luntakin, ihan kuin mikään ei riittäisi. En uskalla vielä edes ajatella kasvien siirtämistä …

Moomin valley

Plants of the Moomin valley

Okay, so I grew up with the Moomins. You know the white, hippo-like creatures by Tove Jansson. When I was a kid there was this new animated Moomin series on the television. I still know the lines for each episode. I’ve seen them so many times. It was Japanese-Dutch-Finnish production and I loved it. And still, it’s one of the most loved children’s programs on TV here in Finland. Generations after me have gotten their life mottos from the Moomin family. Like: “Maybe the storms exist so that we can have a sunrise after them” or “There’s nothing better in life than enjoying and nothing more easier, too” or “Everything fun is good for your stomach.” Their adventures, easy-going attitude for life and the ability to see the wonders of the world is just so amazing. The best thing about that series was also the illustrations. The fabulous and detailed backgrounds were created by Jirô Kônon and his team in Japan. And now I found this wonderful Finnish blog focusing on the background images only! The Moomin …

parrot tulips

Parrot tulip love

Tulips (Tulipa) are definitely something that say spring out’n loud. Some might say they are boring but I love them. How can you get bored if there are hundreds of colors and kinds?! So whenever I see tulips I have to get them. There’s always a reason to buy tulips, I think. Parrot tulips, like these in the pics, are so amazing with their fringed and curly petals. A hint for my friends and family: a bunch of tulips always makes me very happy (I’m not the only one allowed to buy them for me). And some day I hopefully will have my own garden full of tulips.   Tulppaanit (Tulipa) ovat kukkia, jotka suorastaan huutaa kevättä. Joidenkin mielestä ne on ehkä hieman tylsiä kukkia mutta miä rakastan niitä. Miten voi tylsistyä tulppaaneihin, kun niissä on satoja värejä ja lajikkeita mistä valita?! Itselleni tulee pakonomainen tarve saada tulppaaneja aina kun näen niitä. Aina löytyy syy ostaa niitä. Papukaijatulppaanit, kuten näissä kuvissa, ovat aivan ihania kihartuneiden ja kurttuisten terälehtiensä kanssa. Ja vinkki läheisille ja perheelle: kimppu …

Training the seedlings

My seedlings are getting bigger and bigger, and as the weather here in Finland is showing a bit more sun for a few days I decided it’s time for the babies to get to know the balcony life. So the training for a bit colder weather started. I’m still not going to leave the seedlings outside for the night (although we have a balcony with glass windows). But they will get stronger and more used natural temperatures when they spend the daytime outside. I also did some sketching about how things will look at our balcony, just to figure out where to put each plant and what pots and boxes to use. I found some awesome stronger garbage bags from a building site (they didn’t use them anymore), covered with plastic and perfect for growing, for example, zucchini!   Taimet senkuin kasvavat isommiksi ja isommiksi, ja koska sää Suomessa näyttäisi olevan vähän aurinkoisempi parin päivän ajan, päätin että nyt on pikkuisten aika tutustua parveke-elämään. Eli karaisuhommiin! En vieläkään uskalla jättää taimia yöksi ulos (vaikka parvekkeemme onkin …

tussilago farfara

Everything yellow heals

I’ve been having a flu for over a week now and been healing myself with everything yellow like lemon, ginger and honey. Today I’m finally feeling better and the sun is shining and I picked the first coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara) bouquet for myself. My grandma had this habit that she picked the first ones in a special little vase. A few years back I bought a little vase, just for the coltsfoot.   Oon ollut flunssassa nyt jo yli viikon ja parannellut itseäni kaikella keltaisella kuten sitruunalla, inkiväärillä ja hunajalla. Tänään tuntuu vihdoin, että elämä alkaisi voittaa taas, aurinko paistaa ja keräsin kotiin ensimmäisen kimpun leskenlehdistä (Tussilago farfara). Mummillani oli tapana kerätä niistä kimppu erityiseen pieneen maljakkoon. Muutama vuosi sitten miäkin ostin itselleni pienen maljakon, vain leskenlehdille.

Full Grown

Full Grown

Growing your furniture?! Sounds a bit weird but why not? The technique is called botanical manufacturing and Full Grown is its pioneer. Headed by a furniture designer Gavin Munro, Full Grown wanted to challenge the way we think about furniture and how to make them by growing the furniture. At the moment they have a field in Derbyshire, UK, where they nurture 400 tables, chairs and lampshades. They have made special plastic moulds which they use to train the plant to grow in which shape they want. By pruning, patience and nurturing the plants, mainly willow, in five years Full Grown has made a unique piece of furniture. The furniture doesn’t have any joints so they will last longer. How cool is this!   Omien huonekalujen kasvatus?! Kuulostaa hieman oudolta, mutta toisaalta miksei? Tekniikan (englanniksi nimeltään “botanical manufacturing”, suomeksi ehkä jotain “kasvitieteellinen valmistus”) pioneerinä toimii Full Grown, jonka on perustanut huonekalusuunnittelija Gavin Munro. Hän halusi haastaa sen, mitä ajattelemme huonekaluista ja miten niitä valmistetaan. Tällä hetkellä yrityksellä on pelto Derbyshiressä, Englannissa. Tällä hetkellä siellä hoidetaan  ja kasvatetaan 400 pöytää, tuolia ja …

Strömsö garden

Garden in Strömsö / Strömsön puutarha / Trädgården på Strömsö

Did you watch Finland’s favorite lifestyle program Strömsö‘s gardening edition this spring? If you didn’t, I totally recommend to go catch it up in Yle Areena where you can watch all the episodes. Cool ideas for different kinds of gardens, including balconies and terraces. I also loved the episode where they brought bumble bees to the corner of their garden. I would love to have that, too!   Katsoitteko suomalaisten lemppari lifestyle-ohjelma Strömsön puutarhaversiota? Jos ette, niin suosittelen ehdottomasti tsekkaamaan Yle Areenasta, josta voi katsella kaikki jaksot. Mahtavia ideoita erilaisiin puutarhoihin, myös parvekkeille ja terasseille. Rakastin jaksoa, jossa strömsöläiset toivat puutarhansa nurkkaan oman mehiläispesän. Miäkin haluan sellaisen!

red willow

Bending willow

I found this gorgeous red willow and I just had to make something out of it. This is the perfect time to collect willow as its buds haven’t still burst to grow (in Finland always ask the permission of the land owner to cut the willow or then buy willow rods for weaving from your local supplier). I didn’t have any idea what I would make but it turned out to be a taller stand for flowers. The stand also helps creeper plants to hold up. I think later I will put the stand in a pot, plant creeper below and some flowers on top. I started the weaving process by selecting the thickest branches, took an uneven amount of them and tied them together with thin branch. With uneven number the weaving goes along nicely. After that I held the bunch up to start the weaving with thinner branches going by turns in front and back of the branches. Then just keep going until you have the height that you want. Cut the ugly …

seedlings

How’s the seedlings?

It’s been now 10 days since I sow our seeds and lots of growth has been happening. The beans are just crazy, they grow so fast that I know I’m gonna be in trouble soon. Also the komatsuna seedlings are up and rising like there’s no tomorrow. Not in so hurry are the basil, mint, onion, violet and zucchini seedlings although they are all growing steadily. It’s so much fun and also quite amazing to see all that life pushing its way from the soil. Life is full of miracles! And maybe we’ll have a huge and luscious kitchen garden soon. P.S. I couldn’t resist to sow a few more seeds that I got: kale ‘Black Magic’ (Brassica oleracea) broccoli ‘Redhead (Brassica oleracea var. italica) brussels sprout ‘Trafalgar F1 Hybrid’ (Brassica oleracea var. gemmifera)   Nyt on 10 päivää siitä kun kylvin meidän pikku siemenet ja paljon kasvua on tapahtunut sen jälkeen. Pavut ovat ihan hulluja, ne kasvavat niin nopeasti, että olen kohta pulassa niiden kanssa. Samoin komatsunan taimet kasvavat kuin huomista ei olisikaan. Ei-niin-kiireisiä ovat basilika, minttu, …

crocus

Spring’s first

Just made a field trip in my new town to check out what’s going on with the spring. And I found some wonderful stuff. Like the first coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara) of this spring! A definite sign. We would need just a few warm and sunny days and I think the nature would just burst into bloom. (Unfortunately the weather forecast for the next week brings us a bit more rain, snow and wind…).   Tein juuri tutkimusretken uudessa kotikaupungissa ja samalla katselin, että miten kevät etenee. Ja teinkin muutamia hienoja löytöjä. Kuten kevään ensimmäinen leskenlehti (Tussilago farfara)! Varma merkki. Tarvittaisiin vain muutama lämmin ja aurinkoinen päivä ja luulen, että luonto puhkeaisi kukkaan oikein kunnolla. (Valitettavasti ensi viikon sääennusteet lupaavat meille lisää sadetta, lunta ja tuulta…).