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34 hours of garden growth

Baby watermelon

Mark and I were gone from the farm for 34 hours this past weekend to help my father celebrate his 70th birthday.  When we got home, I couldn't believe how much our garden had grown in that small span of time.  For example, I'm pretty sure our biggest watermelon doubled in size over the weekend.

Garden basket

I picked every moderately sized cucumber just before we left, feeding us cukes for lunch and supper and even cutting up the last few to eat as road food.  I also dried about half a gallon of summer squash (which turned into two cups of brilliant yellow morsels.)  This basket shows what I was faced with when I returned...and I haven't even started picking the beans.

Young chickens

And then there are the chickens.  You wouldn't think that animals would grow enough to notice in just a couple of days, but the birds from hatch 2 suddenly feel like tweens.  Which means the tweens are...dinner?

Our chicken waterer kept all four flocks well hydrated while we were out of town.

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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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Comment by Maggie Tue Jun 28 11:36:32 2011
I'm glad you enjoyed the photos. :-)
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