All posts tagged: farming

Loving: Grown and Gathered

I have to share this love of mine: Matt and Lentil from Grown and Gathered, two farmers and gardeners who live my dream in Australia. Their website/blog is amazing and I’ve been following them mostly on Instagram, dreaming about more simple, more natural life. But this world needs more people like these two. They produce ecological, sustainable seasonal and traditional food, they live simply and slowly, they trade their knowledge and products. And the designer in me loves how they have created a new and modern way to brand a traditional thing, making beautiful posters, visualities and website for them. Now I want to more to Australia and have my own little farm (and for you who now are thinking that why can’t I do that in Finland, let’s just say: the climate.) Mun on pakko jakaa ihastukseni: Matt ja Lentil, jotka muodostavat Grown and Gatheredin. Kaksi australialaista puutarhuria ja maanviljelijää, jotka elävät yhtä unelmaani. Heidän nettisivunsa/ja bloginsa on ihan mahtava ja enimmäkseen olen seurannut heitä Instagramissa parin vuoden ajan, unelmoiden yksinkertaisemmasta, luonnollisemmasta elämästä. Tämä maailma nimittäin tarvitsee enemmän Mattin …

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Edyn Smart Garden System

Take a look at your gardening future! Edyn Smart Garden System is actually quite cool. I’ve been waiting for some kind of modern technology system or app for gardening and maybe this is it. The whole Edyn project started on Kickstarter one year ago. And now it’s ready for us regular users. The yellow solar-powered sensor is planted in your soil where the sensor monitors your garden’s environmental conditions like humidity, air temperature and sunlight. Then you get guidance to your Edyn app and it’s easier for you to know how much to water your plants or what’s wrong with them. I don’t know if the sensor checks also the soil’s pH (acidity) but that would be an awesome thing, too. Apps for easy gardening are still hard to find (because I think no one makes them) so it’s so nice to see Edyn blossom. Tsekatkaapas puutarhan hoidon tulevaisuuteen! Edyn Smart Garden System on oikeastaan aika cool! Oonkin odottanut jotain modernia ja helppoa teknologiaa puutarhan hoidon avuksi ja ehkä tämä on se. Koko Edyn projekti sai alkunsa Kickstarterissa …

NASA vegetables

Growing vegetables in space

Good news for all of the future astronauts traveling long distances to other planets and galaxies! You will have some fresh vegetables! Because NASA has managed to grow some red romaine lettuce on the international space station for the first time. I have to admit that I actually thought that it would’ve been done, like, ages ago (maybe I’ve watched too many science fiction movies…). But I guess not. Well, anyway it’s a wonderful thing. The vegetable production system uses LED lights (red, green, blue) to grow the plants. Now I’m just waiting for the whole garden to be possible in space. Hyviä uutisia kaikille tulevaisuuden avaruusmatkailijoille, jotka matkustavat pitkiä matkoja eri planeetoille ja ehkä galakseihinkin! Saatte nimittäin matkaanne myös tuoreita kasviksia! Koska NASA on onnistunut kasvattamaan ensimmäistä kertaa ikinä punaista romainesalaattia kansainvälisellä avaruusasemallaan. Mun täytyy tunnustaa, että jotenkin kuvittelin, että se olisi ollut mahdollista jo kauan aikaa sitten  (ehkä oon katsonut liikaa scifi-leffoja…). Mutta ehkä ei sitten. Jokatapauksessa tämähän on mahtava uutinen! Kasvisten kasvatussysteemi avaruudessa perustuu erivärisiin LED-valoihin, joiden avulla kasvu onnistuu. Nyt vain odottelen, …

rosendals garden

Rosendals Trädgård / Rosendal’s Garden

One more from Stockholm. Because this was the greatest thing of all and I don’t think that so many visitors even know this place exist so close to the centrum. It’s Rosendal’s biodynamic garden which is located in the middle of the Djurgården island. For a gardener like me (I like everything to be precise in a natural kind of way, keep places clean, have lots of usefull plants cultivated but still make something look modern and stylish) the Rosendal’s garden was like a dream come true. The garden appears after a green and luscious old park and first you see a wide open field with straight lines of plants. Then you start to look around and see different kinds of ‘rooms’, different areas with different purposes. There is a fenced little commercial garden with white greenhouse for just reading and keeping little workshops. There are larger fields for vegetables, root vegetables and other useful plants. There is a small country house with it’s private and beautiful garden. An orchard with hundreds of apple trees, a rose …

Black man’s willy and other balcony stuff

Slowly but firmly the balcony garden is getting greener and bigger. So here’s a few pics from there. I also love the fact that the purple bell vine (Rhodochiton atrosanguineus) that I bought for our balcony is commonly called a Black man’s willy. Quite, well, enchanting.   Hitaasti mutta varmasti parvekepuutarhamme vain rehevöityy ja suurenee. Joten tässä muutamia kuvia sieltä. Rakastan myös sitä, että ostamani keijunmekon (Rhodochiton atrosanguineus) kansankielinen nimi englanniksi on Black man’s willy (osaatte varmaan itse suomentaa…). Aika viaton on tuo “keijunmekko” siihen verrattuna. Aika, noh, kiehtovaa.    

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Balcony garden extravaganza

Everything is out!!! The fact is I got bored and then I got inspired by the few hours of sunshine yesterday. There’s still going to be cold nights but I just couldn’t hold my horses any longer. I planted the zucchini seedlings out into the reclaimed buildings trash bags. Then I bought two cherry tomato seedlings, ‘Black Magic’ which makes beautiful and sweet brown-red tomatoes. Like chocolate tomatoes. They are now in one of the wooden boxes. The kales were planted, too, and with them I planted some salad mix seeds and sweet peas. So everything I planned are now actually growing in our balcony. From now on it’s just watering and taking care of them. I also want some colour there so I bought a few bright-coloured pelargoniums there. I have to add some more colour later.   Kaikki taimet ovat ulkona!!! Totuus on, että miä kyllästyin odottamaan ja sitten eilen intouduin muutamasta auringonpaisteisesta tunnista. Ihan varmasti edessä on kylmiä öitä, mutta en vaan pystynyt enää. Istutin jopa kesäkurpitsan taimet ulos kierrätettyihin rakennustyömaan roskapusseihin. Ostin …

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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 …

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 …

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!