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A new hope

A volunteer tomato with green fruitsWe didn't really completely give up on tomatoes for the year, despite pulling out our blighted tomato plants on Monday.  The saving grace of tomatoes is that they come up prolifically from seed, so every garden tends to have volunteers.  Ours is no exception.

I tied up the best volunteers who were already in okay spots --- beside the pear tree and in the berry patch, far from the blighted tomatoes.  Then Mark transplanted some younger volunteers to garden beds.

I even started a few tommy-toes from seed.  I figure we probably don't have time for them to bear before the fall frost, but it's worth a shot!

Shame-faced plug: Lots of our customers have started using our DIY kits to make chicken bucket waterers to water up to 50 birds.

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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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