Mari Korhonen

A Tip for the Strawberry Patch

An easy trick for saving your strawberries from birds! by Mari Korhonen Here’s a little tip I learned last summer from a friend for saving your strawberries from getting munched by birds: Early in the season, before the strawberries start turning red, pick some little strawberry-sized stones and paint them red. When you scatter these fake strawberries along your berry patch, the curious and hungry birds come to check them […]

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My Beloved Weeds

by Mari Korhonen I’ve been exploring the world of edible weeds, and so found a new layer of bounty in the garden! Edible weeds from left to right: Fireweed shoots, young galeopsis, lamb’s quarter, chickweed, thistle shoots peeled, and corn spurry. Things in the garden even way up here in Finland are well on their way now, including many plants that most gardeners would condemn as weeds, or things to […]

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Finding, Growing and Processing Heirloom Apple Varieties in Finland

A few weeks back we spent a weekend at my friends’ organic apple orchard and nursery here in Finland, where they were juicing the last of this year’s apple harvest. The timing was a little late, since the peak of the season had already passed, but our hosts were still eager to have a try with their new hand powered apple crusher and juice press, and store the yumminess and […]

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Clever Rocky Mountain Greenhouses Give Major Season Extension

In cool and cold areas the length of the growing season and the cold temperatures are the main challenge for growing things and supporting oneself. As part of the search for cold climate permaculture strategies I came across integrated greenhouse designs that seem to have a lot to offer to us in the cool climates. This is a little report from a trip to the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute‘s […]

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