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First priority - the harvest

Green beans and cornOne of the best pieces of gardening advice I've heard this year is: your very first gardening priority should be the harvest.  It's easy to get caught up in the gardening locomotive at this time of year and put weeding, mowing, watering, and planting at the top of your list.  But the whole point of the garden is the food, right?

Tuesday, we had an all garden dinner --- corn cooked for thirty seconds in boiling water so that it just turns yellow but there's no time for the sugars to convert to starch, Masai green beans sauteed in a little oil with six cloves of garlic, a cucumber and tomato salad dressed lightly with balsamic vinegar, and fried eggs for protein.  The only parts of our meal which came from elsewhere were the tomatoes (homegrown by Mark's buddy), and the oil, salt, pepper, and balsamic vinegar.  This is what gardening is all about!

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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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