Welcome to our small homestead in Sweden

This is our small farm in Sweden. It is 17 acres (or 7 hectare) whereof half is forest and half is arable fields. For the time being we only use a small part of the fields and a neighbour cuts the grass to maintain the fields. But we have many plans and projects and you are welcome to read about them here.

building

We Construct a New Building

We have started the build of a workshop, with bathrooms, a large food prepping kitchen and holiday lets. Our budget is 1 mill SEK and we plan to do most of the work ourselves. The building is a major part of our plan to live off the farm and will also have solar panels on the entire roof towards the south.

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preserving-food

Preserving Our Harvest

This time of year, it is all about taking care of the produce from the garden. We harvest, eat, and preserve everything we cannot manage to eat fresh. It is fun to try out different preservation methods and watch the shelves in the pantry fill up.

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Garden-borders

Flower Borders at Bliderud

The garden borders at Bliderud are under development. Some are created from scratch, while others are redesigned. But then again, I assume garden borders never are completely finished.

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perennial-border

Long Flower Border

The long flower border is a combination of small trees, shrubs and perennials. For variation a few annuals are placed here and there every year.

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tractor-digger

Fire on the Farm

Last night was dramatic on the farm. An old tractor digger we have borrowed from a friend self ignited and started to burn. I don’t know how it started, but I first noticed the smell, then saw what I first thought was fog. However, the combination made me run to find out what was happening.

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apple-blossom

Flower season kick off

Despite the cold weather, the plants are ready for a new season. Tulips, daffodils and fruit trees are competing for our attention and we’re looking forward to a new season in the garden.

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Poles

Spring Activities

Although the spring has been unusually cold this year, we have already completed a lot of tasks on our list. Building raised beds, sowing, and preparing for a new-build are just a few of our activities. We have also managed to squeeze in a trip to Poland.

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We are

A couple that rapidly is reaching the age of retirement. We currently work in Norway and the farm is our retirement plan.
Favorite stories
apple-juice

Apple Juice and more

Nothing tastes like natural apple juice. No sugar added. Just pure juice – delicious. Here are descriptions of the two methods I have used to make juice.

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tagetes

Summer Season – Highs and Lows

The summer is usually a busy season. We’ve had lots of visitors and taken time off from our projects. However, the plants have produced an abundance of flowers and food for us to enjoy and preserve.

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solar-panel-workers

With a Little Help From our Friends

Finishing the roof on our new build has taken time, but with the help from neighbours, family and friends, the roof is finally complete. All of us have been challenged to do things we have never tried before. The «boys» have laid solar panels and roof tiles and the «girls» have handled power tools and new trades.

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