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Changing seasons 2016

Protected zinnias

Last week's frosts nipped back most of the tender summer plants, only missing a few zinnias nestled up against the side of the house. In the garden, a few late figs might manage to ripen despite the freeze and a few pepper plants still have green leaves. Otherwise, though, the summer crops are a thing of the past.

Homestead colors

Leaf colors changed fast with the wake of the weather change as well. All of the beautiful yellows of mid October immediately started blowing out of the trees, to be replaced by hints of red here and there.

This is such a golden season --- warm enough to go outside in t-shirts in the afternoon but cold enough to require warm blankets at night. There's something to love about every season, but I think fall is my very favorite time of the year.

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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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