Beekeeping

Beekeeping

I have started a new beekeeping business called Luonnon Kulta. The name means Nature’s Gold, in Finnish. I make artisanal raw honey in Lieto, Finland. Check out the web page of my new beekeeping company. There is a web-shop too, where you can purchase our premium raw honey if you are interested.

Laying siberian peashrub hedge English-style – FOLLOW-UP

Laying siberian peashrub hedge English-style – FOLLOW-UP

It’s all good and well to write a post about hedge-laying siberian pea shrub, but then what? Did it live? Did it shrivel and die? Well, I’m glad to say, it lived, and in fact it thrived. Here are some pictures of the first signs of life in the spring after laying the hedge as
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Building a subsoil plough 1

Building a subsoil plough 1

Last year I set out to build a small subsoiler for my Kubota tractor. The idea was to build a subsoil plough, aka. a Keyline plough or a Yeomans’ plough to improve the soil on our property. Subsoil ploughs, if used in the right fashion can be used to build soil rapidly. About two thirds
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Laying siberian peashrub hedge English-style

Laying siberian peashrub hedge English-style

Siberian peashrub (Caragana arborescens) is a very popular plant in permaculture, and for good reason: it’s a nitrogen fixer that is fast-growing and makes many flowers that are very beneficial to honeybees. The pea shrub grows several meters tall and makes a good windbreak. It drops its leaves and peas in the fall and creates
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Building a stainless steel apple crusher

Building a stainless steel apple crusher

We have three big old apple trees in our yard. The first autumn after we moved here, these trees produced heaps of delicious apples, and we had no way to use them other than eat them or give them away. There’s only so many apples you can eat without consequence and almost all neighbours have
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Saving the tomatoes from the first frost

Saving the tomatoes from the first frost

Summer’s definitely over now! Well, it’s been autumn for a few weeks already, but now it’s getting serious. Last night we had the first frost. This morning, everything was covered in white. And not just the ground either, but all the trees and shrubs too. Our greenhouse was totally covered in frost as well. I
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My orange tractor is red

My orange tractor is red

A farm needs a tractor, right? So a mini-farm needs a mini tractor. There is hardly a tractor that is more mini than an old Kubota. I’m talking real tractor here, not a ride-on lawn mower. After months of looking around, I hunted town a Kubota B6000 at a relatively decent price. These little things
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Building Hügelkultur raised beds

Building Hügelkultur raised beds

One of the first projects on the new land was to build hugelkultur raised garden beds, à la Sepp Holzer. Hügelbeet is German (generally spelled hugel-bed in English) and means hill-shaped garden bed, but specifically, it has come to mean wood-filled hill-shaped raised bed. Sepp Holzer has used these on a large scale in order to
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Blogging anachronisms

Blogging anachronisms

So, in order to get this blog rolling, I’m going to add quite some material on projects I have worked on so far, as well as ongoing stuff, of course. Since the work started about 18 months before the blog, this will lead to some anachronisms, but I figure that it’s better to just add
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Welcome to NordicMiniFarm!

Welcome to NordicMiniFarm!

Hi there! So, this is the very first post an the NordicMiniFarm blog. This is exactly what the Internet has been waiting for: another blog ; ) Seriously though, there is not much stuff out there on mini-farming and permaculture in cold climates. That’s what this blog is all about. Well, that, and a lot
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