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Fall rains

Tickseed sunflower

The fall rains have come.

Wet feet

1.6 inches over the course of a week is close to average around here. But we'd enjoyed a couple of dry months this summer, so the returning water feels like both a relief and a surprise.

Mushroom in the rain

Of course, given how wet it was last winter, our soil never really dried six inches below the surface. But as a gardener starting fall crops, it's the surface that counts.

So hauling gets pushed back into the maybe-it'll-dry-again future and planting takes a front seat. Time to cover the compost piles so those nutrients don't leach away!

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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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What are those lovely yellow flowers?
Comment by Terry Fri Aug 21 09:30:47 2015
Terry --- Those are Tickseed Sunflower, aka Stick Tights or Spanish Needles. Beautiful at this time of year but a bit of pain in the fall! I don't mind, though. The flowers are so vibrant in our swamp. :-)
Comment by anna Fri Aug 21 11:27:05 2015

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