The Walden Effect: Farming, simple living, permaculture, and invention.

Perception vs. reality

Cat in squash patch

Perception: My fancy, hybrid butternut seeds didn't germinate very well.

Test: I checked the packet to see how many seeds I planted --- 30. Then I counted how may seedlings had come up --- 24.

Reality: 80% germination in a wild, garden setting isn't bad at all. I did replant the gaps with saved, unfancy butternut seeds though. Gotta have plenty of our goats' favorite concentrate!



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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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I'm curious about your use of straw/hay for mulch. Is it organic? Almost all of our local hay has been sprayed. I have read that the glycophosphate causes problems down the road? We're using wood chips now... Thank you!
Comment by merryann Tue Jun 7 01:09:14 2016





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