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

Spring gamblers

Bean seedlings

I gambled pretty hard on an early spring...although, in my defense, nature did too. Planting beans, corn, summer squash, and Warbler on grapevinecucumbers on April 24 means our first round of summer crops is already up and running.

Meanwhile, the grapevines on the shade trellis are growing like gangbusters (and attracting warblers to clean bugs off their leaves). Our Reliance vines gave us two small fruit clusters last year, but now they're coated in flower buds. I can hardly wait until the view out our front window is dripping with fruit!



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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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What is the purpose of the green fencing --- I know there is a reason
Comment by Jayne Thu May 11 13:51:41 2017
Jayne --- That's my anti-Huckleberry barrier. Unfortunately, nice soft, open soil seems to be an invitation to turn my garden into a litter box. So until I put down mulch, I cover beds with the green stuff. :-)
Comment by anna Thu May 11 17:02:59 2017
And a great solution/ reason it is! I knew it was something ingenious!
Comment by Jayne Thu May 11 22:22:42 2017





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