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April highlights

Marbled Salamander

In April, the garden changes from a world of potential to a real world of accomplishments and disappointments.  I had a little of both yesterday.  The disappointment is that the battered row
cover fabric I'd used to cover my broccoli and cabbage cold frame had tattered to the point it lost its protective powers --- my crucifers are pretty much shot.

First strawberry bloomsThe most exciting positive is the Marbled Salamander, shown above, which I found under a board in the garden.  The first strawberry blooms are nothing to sneeze at either!

I've been sick all week --- too much city last week --- so I only got a chance to put in my tomato and pepper cold frame Saturday afternoon, ten days later than I'd planned.  I suspect the lateness won't make too much difference, but I poured a little extra love on the seeds just in case.



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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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that salamander looks mighty!
Comment by Anonymous Sun Apr 12 10:31:00 2009
It was small, but ponderous!
Comment by anna Sun Apr 12 19:31:18 2009





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