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Fleeting light

Light through cabbage leaves

The morning glow was so beautiful Thursday that I had to pause in my chores to rush and get the camera. I was glad I did since the light was fleeting and rain had returned an hour later.

Broccoli row

I'm thrilled with my spring cabbage and broccoli this year. Starting the seedlings inside with heating pads and lights got them out in the soil extra early (under row covers). The result is big beautiful plants before the cabbageworms have even been spotted. These broccoli will likely start heading up any week now.

(In case you're curious, the bucket brigade in the background is providing frost protection for our tender tomatoes.)

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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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WOW! The top picture... May I have permission to use that as the basis of a watercolor painting? I'm serious about this.
Comment by NaYan Fri May 6 08:52:20 2016
I saw the photo (which is beautiful) and immediately tasted fresh pea pods! I'm amazed at the difference in people's reactions to the same picture. BTW, I have read your blog for a few years now, and often wonder what you would do when confronting a garden problem of my own. (I live in a very different climate, east of the Cascade Mountains, in the Great Basin.) Thanks for your blog - it (and various links) is always thought provoking! Ellen
Comment by Ellen Fri May 6 11:57:56 2016

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