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Fall garden planning

Dragonfly on a stumpAlthough it seems hard to believe at the end of two weeks with highs in the 90s, now is the time to start your fall garden.  Luckily, your spring garden should be pretty much kaput --- all we have left is a stray broccoli plant or two, and some bedraggled potatoes fading back into the soil.  You can fill the gaps your spring garden left behind with most of the same crops, just switching around locations to ensure each plant family is in a new spot.

This coming week, we'll be direct seeding broccoli, beets, parsnips, and carrots (along with some late beans and corn).  In a few more weeks, we'll throw in peas, turnips, lettuce, and spinach.  Then come greens (and more lettuce) in August and garlic (and yet more lettuce) in September.

If you want to put in a fall garden, but this teaser just leaves you confused, check out last year's lunchtime series about the fall garden.  On the other hand, if you have garden areas that need some help and don't have time to tend fall vegetables, why not plant some buckwheat as a cover crop?

Our homemade chicken waterer gives your chickens something to do other than picking on each other.

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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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