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

Putting down roots

Potted garden

I considered spreading out my trailer load of manure to enrich a large area bit by bit. But, instead, I focused on making a few areas rich and ready to turbo charge our transplants.

New garden bed

Most of the plants I potted up three months ago only hung on rather than thriving. But the garlic chives spread their roots through a large pot and are now ready to take on the world.

Our first planting consisted of kale, two varieties of strawberries, Egyptian onions, garlic chives, brussels sprouts, and direct-seeded lettuce. I kept the celery and rosemary in pots to be taken in once real cold weather hits.



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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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