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Late frost in 2012

Pink shelf fungus

I thought for sure it was going to frost Wednesday night, but my max/min thermometer noted a low of 33 degrees.  This is a bit like what happens if the groundhog sees its shadow, but in reverse.  There's no chance of frost now for at least another week and a half, so we get bonus days of summer.

That means I gambled wrong on cutting all those green peppers and baby squashes off the plants.  On the other hand, even the red raspberry plants Mom and I picked within an inch of their lives Wednesday still ripened yet more delectable berries Thursday, and I'm hoping sunnier days may tempt a few more figs to ripen up.  Each one of our farm years so far has had a frost right around our average frost date of October 10, so it will be interesting to see what else changes with an elongated fall.

Our chicken waterer is the POOP-free alternative for the chicken-keeper who cares about her flock's health.


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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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Lucky you, we are getting ours tonight, supposedly 30-32.
Comment by Marco Fri Oct 12 15:42:23 2012
Marco --- Maybe you'll get lucky and yours will miss you like ours did us.
Comment by anna Fri Oct 12 18:16:31 2012





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