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Siberian forest harvest

 
Lariska Borisova
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Location: Russia, West Siberia
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Look, please, what we eat from forest here.
Many people think that Siberia is something awful, uninhabited place.
But here we have very hot summer (South-West Siberia). Many people grow grape.
We have more sunny days in summer than Provence in France.
Here, 20 km from the city (1 200 000 people) we have lovely forests.
We take berries, mushrooms from them.
We take wood for oven (dead parts of course!!!).

http://fotki.yandex.ru/users/ogs7/album/96199/

And as a matter of fact we here have more healthy way of growing crop.
That is because of natural reasons. Here fields are among little and big forests. We call them "kolki" - coppice.
Very beautiful forests - birch trees.
 
Miles Flansburg
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Howdy Lariska, welcome to Permies. Thanks for sharing those wonderful pictures!
 
dj niels
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Thank you for sharing those beautiful pictures. If I could get my little space to look anything like that I would think it was paradise too.

What kind of plant has those little red berries? very stunning. I had no idea Siberia was like that.

You said you have hot summers. What are your winters like (just for comparison)? How much rain or snow?
 
Lariska Borisova
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Thank you, people, for watching my pictures.
Thank you for warm greetings.
I am so proud of beauties we have here.
I always try to make "advertising" of our places. People really dont know anything about us.

Di niels.... There were 2 kinds of berries at those pictures.
One is - russian name kostyanika - Rubus saxatilis. Read about it in wikipedia.
We have a lot of it almost every summer. Berries have rather big stones inside, but OK! They are not very hard.
We make home wine of it (veerrrryyyy tasty), and such jam: berries are grinding through sieve (to remove stones) and heated and then to steriilized jars.
But wine is better. And stones go to compost place. Nothing to waste.

Other berries, i think you know. Forest strawberry. Sometimes crop is so big that we have hot days to process it.
Those berries here grow at rather dry season. So they are very sweet and contain not much water.

As you mentioned that you didnt know that Siberia is like that - just Siberia is veeeerrrryyyyy large. And very various.
But even to north from us people have gardens and grow many tasty things.
Things that grow in hard climate are especially tasty.
But the process of gardening is very hard here.
Yes winters are cold. Sometimes we have -30, and even -40.
Usually winter is -20-15 (Celcius). Continental climate. Much snow. (If lack of snow - then disaster - plants freeze. If too much snow - again not good - flood).
So we make very much efforts to save plants. Plants are covered with wood boxes, compost, leafs and so on. Later it is covered by thick snow.
And many plants die often. Natural life! Everything weak dies. Strong survives. We plant new things. We remove dead branches, dead parts...

As for rains. Climate here is rather arid. But forests! You know what it is. Forests keep humidity.

Actually it is very clear that our climate is for cattle breeding, not for gardening. Centuries ago nomads lived here and had sheep, horses.
But now some people have perch trees, pears, prunes in gardens. All have apple-trees, cherry, currant, raspberry, all kind of vegetables, herbs.
Unfortunately i cant save mediterranian herbs - i tried to grow oregano, thyme, clary - impossible! Only 1 summer they live.

Look what we grow in garden, if you have not seen yet:

http://fotki.yandex.ru/users/ogs7/album/68801/





 
Karen Murphy
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Thank you so much for those photos, really beautiful. You are certainly a very good ambassador for Siberia. You are right, when most people think of Siberia, we think of someplace very cold and forbiding. You have shown us that it is beautiful and productive. I am a member of Indiana Nut Growers Association and one of our members has traveled twice to Russia to different plant research stations. He was there just a couple of years ago and shared with us his experiences there.
 
S Carreg
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Fotki klasniye! A moi samiye lyubimiye iz sibir - kedroviye orekhi i brusniki. Kstati, kedroviye orekhi schitayutsa ochen horoshie dereva dlya permaculture.
 
John Polk
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Those are lovely pictures. Thank you for sharing.

 
Travis Toner
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Brings me joy to see the birch stand. Something about them warms my heart! I wish to encourage their growth, as in Michigan there are not as much as there once was.
 
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Very nice pictures loved the berrys and the photo of the nightjar as they are difficult to spot

David
 
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