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


ErrolErrol (aka Daddy) is Anna's father.  He lives with his partner, Barbara, in South Carolina where they manage to grow a lot of their own vegetables despite drought, overwhelming heat, and scary encroaching grasses.

He's a jack of all trades and a master of many who has worked as a teacher, grant-writer, builder, tobacco farmer, and director of a hospitality center (and probably some other things Anna, who is writing this, doesn't know about.)

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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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Well, the last time I did it I came to this page, left it, and tried to respond to a comment line and it went to moderator. So something is not obvious to me.
Comment by Errol Wed Feb 10 16:08:47 2010

I tried without any luck to post this in the clover thread.

You might want to try red clover for a cover crop. I did fall before last with these results. The clover came up small in the fall, then grew large in early spring, which I then tilled under as green manure. last summer, not a sign of it, but this fall and winter it came back and now is much larger than it was the first fall (when it got planted late). So it is not a weed during growing season but seeds itself for another year.

Comment by Errol Sun Feb 14 10:09:41 2010
Happy Cross Quarter! Winter is halfway done.
Comment by Errol Fri Feb 4 12:21:58 2011
Happy cross quarter to you too! I hope you planted your lettuce. I was aching to, but the soil is only 33 degrees in the warmest spot, so I'm going to have to wait until next week.
Comment by anna Fri Feb 4 16:58:17 2011
No such luck. It rained hard all day. (which is good for our drought)
Comment by Errol Sat Feb 5 06:58:43 2011
We're happily waterlogged here...
Comment by anna Sat Feb 5 13:37:30 2011

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