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Filling garden gaps

Gap between butternut squash.'Tis the season to fill in holes.  Inevitably, my garden ends up with gaps where old seeds didn't germinate or where my earliest planted peas only came up thinly.  Not only are gaps a waste of space, they're also a weed magnet.  So on Wednesday, I set out to fill the gaps with sweet potato slips and with broccoli and swiss chard seeds.

The hardest part of gap-filling is yet to come, though --- remembering to keep the seeds watered until they germinate.  Last year, I planted several beds of fall broccoli but didn't get a single plant in our drought.   I hope to do better this year.  The weather is currently cooperating, dropping three tenths of an inch of rain immediately after I planted.

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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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