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Seedling rain

Pea seedlings

Every day this week has offered what I like to call "seedling rain." Less than a quarter of inch of liquid falling over the course of twenty-four hours, the gentle drizzle and overcast conditions perfect for baby vegetables.

Wet broccoli plant

The conditions tempt me to transplant rather than pot up the rest of the seedlings still stuck under lights indoors. But we have four solid weeks until our frost-free date and I don't trust the long-range forecast enough to set out tomatoes, peppers, and basil. Instead, I just watch the gentle rain perk up March-transplanted peas and broccoli and enjoy the ground getting a little easier to weed.



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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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