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Garlic week

Planting garlic

Garlic week is bittersweet.  This is our last big planting push of the year --- sixteen beds of garlic and potato onions.  All that's left to plant this year after the alliums go in is four final beds of lettuce, plus rye anywhere I can fit the cover crop in.

Butternut squash

The weather seemed to want to drive the message home, with the first cold rains of the year falling Wednesday.  I closed the windows and asked Mark to seal off our screen door, then settled in to make fall comfort food.  Chicken soup with the first of the fall carrots and a butternut pie with the first of the winter squash remind me that cold weather is a time of good food, deep thought, and writing.

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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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