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Weeding wildlife

Winter birds

No self-respecting groundhog would have been out in yesterday's below-freezing, snowy weather, but a flock of ten cardinals and half a dozen song sparrows dropped by the garden for an afternoon snack.  We don't purposefully feed the birds, but our homestead does seem to provide quite a lot of food for the local wildlife.  I'm going to assume that these seed-eating birds were hunting down grass and plantain seeds, lowering my weeding pressure for the year to come.

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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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