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First sprouts from the summer garden

Bean seedling

We're fully committed to summer around here, even though I have a sneaking suspicion that blackberry winter might still come along and reduce me to tears.  The long-range forecast looks warm, though, so I'm enjoying seeing the first summer vegetable sprouts poking out of the soil.

Cucumber seedling

The quick hoops are coming down at last to reveal young cucumber and watermelon plants, seeded two weeks ago.  It's time to weed and mulch these little guys and put up a trellis for the cukes.  In fact, that's what's going on in the whole garden this week and next --- lots of watering, weeding, and mulching.  The summer routine is in full swing and I'm happy to be out in the green.

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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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