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A walk through the fall garden

Fall garden

Tatsoi, mustard, kale, swiss chard, lettuce --- 'tis the season for leafy greens of all shapes and flavors! In the photo above, you can also see brussels sprouts, mangels, parsley, potato onions, a chicken, and a deer deterrent --- sounds a bit like a Where's Waldo painting.

Garlic sprout

On the other side of our trailer, the garden is looking a lot sleepier. Here, the shade of the hillside will turn ground to permafrost before too long, so I don't do much winter planting (other than oats and rye). But I've found that Music garlic can handle even these deep-freeze conditions, and it's a pleasure to watch that allium's new green shoots pop up through the straw.

And did you notice the fall foliage? Tree leaves on our hillside have just passed their peak color, but this year's vibrancy seemed phenomenally bright to me. "Definitely in the top ten since we've moved here," Mark said definitively. Wait a minute --- this is only our tenth fall....

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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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i will agree...i think the leaves this year are a lot prettier than the last few years. But marks way of thinking is nice too...everyones a wiinner!
Comment by kayla Tue Oct 27 18:42:26 2015

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