Colors like a rag rug. The flower field of the Swedish garden in Nurmijärvi looks from afar.
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Wefts include cheerful orange and yellow calendula flowers, delicate pink red cosmos and buttercups, shock-pink zinnias, and deep purple Chinese asters.
Hundreds of different bouquet flower varieties can be found in the half-hectare field of the Swedish garden.
Hannele Ruoti harp in the middle of bookworms. Fast-paced pull with a flower knife, and the stems are cut off from the crop. One flower at a time accumulates in an even point on the arm. Another round on the aster bench, and big sister Wind in Sweden has all the ingredients he needs to make bouquets.
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Seasonal flowers as a wish
Immediately after tying, the bundles are placed in water buckets filled with cool water and rushed to the cold.
Bouquets of local flowers grown by the siblings are sold a couple of miles away in the church village square and in Helsinki’s flower shop.
“The use of flowers has changed tremendously. Today, almost all species are available all year round. The calendula is also imported from Italy, ”says Tuula.
“We hope that seasonal thinking will come back to floral matters as well. It would be much more ecological, ”he continues.
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In good time, you can pick flowers from your own country even in November.
Crop rotation health
Tuula and Hannele Ruoti call their puppies happy flowers, so they have received a gentle upbringing. In the spring, compost made from plant waste from previous years is driven into the field to fertilize the flowers. Nutritious dahlias get an extra boost to their growth from chicken pox.
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Many flowers collect bugs and diseases, but Tuula and Hannele should not control them with chemical repellents either. They prefer to use organic crop rotation to prevent problems. The same plant is never grown in the same place as a year at a time.
Biodegradable plastic coating fights weeds. It also retains volatile moisture from the flower soil, which reduces the need for irrigation water.
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The story has been published in Kotiliedee 8/2021.
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