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Backup fertility

Backing up

All of the horse manure we hauled in earlier in the year was gone by the beginning of May. And, unfortunately, the floodplain got wetter instead of drier during that time period.

Luckily, I've been hoarding goat-barn bedding in two big piles just outside the pastures. And Mark's careful driving made it easy to transport that incipient compost all the way across our core homestead to my garden. Looks like we'll hit our fertility goals until the end of the month. After that, the floodplain had better be passable again!

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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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