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Dogwood winter 2011

Garden seedlings

Tomato setDue to this year's warm spring, we planted a lot of summer crops very early.  Just as the tender seedlings began to poke through the soil, dogwood winter came along to nip their toes.  Good thing I save old, holey row cover fabric to make emergency blankets for early birds.

Our tomatoes, melons, and cucumbers didn't need any extra love, already snug in their quick hoops.  These hefty tomato seedlings are itching to be transplanted to their new homes (or at least to be weeded.)  First thing next week the lows will be in the 50s and I suspect the last chance of frost will have passed...as long as there's no blackberry winter.

Our chicken waterer keeps the flock happy spring, summer, fall, and winter.


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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.



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It's blackberry winter down here today--37 degrees.
Comment by Errol Hess Thu May 5 08:13:38 2011
Mom was trying to tell me it was blackberry winter here too, but we're just enough colder that our blackberry flowers aren't quite open yet, and the dogwoods are still in full bloom. Luckily, we didn't get a real frost --- low of 32, but nothing on the ground when I woke up and by 9 am it's already back up to 50!
Comment by anna Thu May 5 08:58:57 2011





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