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Animal assisted February gardening

Stump dirt with goat

I took advantage of the warm weather to gather some stump dirt for onion seed starting this week. The goats "helped"...which means they poked their noses into the bucket repeatedly, completely confused about why I would waste energy gathering something that wasn't immediately edible.

Chicken tractor on fall oats

The tractored hens also assisted with early garden preparations. Day by day, I pulled the small flock across the downhill side of a high raised bed in the swampy back garden so they could eat up chickweed and scratch up dead oat stalks. This area will go under a quick hoop shortly to preheat the soil for the earliest lettuce and 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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