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Early July harvest

Early July harvest

It's astonishing how much the garden grows now that the deer can't enter to dine. Without errant nibblers, we're now growing half of our daily veggies. Summer squash, green beans, eggplants, and baby carrots are already on the menu, with tomatoes and cucumbers slated to come in any day now.

On the deer-pressure front, I'm now guessing southeast Ohio has about twice the population as southwest Virginia. No wonder the serious gardeners around me have perfected the Fort-Knox-style fence.



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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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