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Widening the goat path

Moving earth

I needed more dirt to raise up the planting area in front of the trailer, and Mark knew just where that earth should come from.  "The entrance to the goat path is awfully hard to walk on, because it's such a narrow area between fence and bank," he said.  "Can you move some of that dirt over?"

With Kayla's help, I sure could!  I think I had the easy job, digging in the soft earth, although I tried to keep the wheelbarrow only partly filled so as not to wear out my intrepid helper.  Kayla says we'll have to rename the goat path now since ungoat-like people will be able to walk on it, but I think we'll stick to its current appellation --- the earthen steps are still pretty tricky.

The real problem with projects like this is that bare earth looks so plantable that I'm likely to put some seeds there far earlier than I should.  Maybe that spot is sunny enough for some early spring peas?



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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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