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Self-sustained

By spotogspindel | August 27, 2020

Much of this summer has been in the name of self-sustainment. With the pandemic restricting our social contacts and travels, we have instead tried to focus on other important values. Growing our own food, forresting, faming, etc.

I have become relatively good at baking breads, but I have still so much to learn about how to make food, and especially how to grow it!

Well, for the first time in years I managed to pick blueberries before it was too late! (Somehow I always seem to miss them, despite good intentions). So this year, I´ve made blueberry-jam from self-picked wild blueberries (they taste so much more than the store-bought ones!)

I also went raspberry-picking around the house (and especially in our neighbors garden) every second day, and must have gotten 15 kilos at least! Some is made into jam, some will become liquor.

For the first time ever, I managed to grow cucumbers! So far I´ve had four, so maybe not too many, but they taste divine!

Carrots… well, you can´t win them all! But now at least we know a bit more about what not to do, and next year I am sure they will be much bigger 😀

Actually, I don´t have a photo of the ruccola, the peppery-salad was quite a success, but I think we ate it all before taking any photos.

Rhubarb! Super-yum! I got not only all the plants, but part of the root from my other neighbour. These are made into liquor (its mainly for Christmas-gifts, I don´t drink that much myself), and some is frozen, so I can make warm puddings when the winter-cold sets in.

And the biggest project of them all: potatoes!

Together with four other friends, we made a little first-timer potato-cooperative!

My uncle who owns a farm, graciously is lending us some of the land, and we had a super day getting the potatoes in the ground. He+s been helpful with all his knowledge as well, we are learning a lot from him!

We´ve been back to nourish and weed, and we are all very excited to see what is hiding underground now a hundred days later…

I think this is a very good way towards a more sustainable lifestyle. Learning about nature, its gifts, harvesting them and making use of them. Truly understanding that food comes from nature, not the store. And it doesn´t take much extra effort. Of course not everyone can have a bit potato-field like we do, but there are several plants you can grow even inside in a small flat. Like the cucumbers. Or tomatoes. Being able to make food from self-grown food, knowing that they are pesticide-free, learning basic recipes, it not only makes me healthier, but also happier.

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