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Freezing the harvest

Swiss chard, summer squash, and green beans.

We bought a bunch of cheap, plastic bowls at the Dollar Store in preparation for last week's party, and they're already coming in handy.  It sure is nice to be able to carry a week's worth of green beans into the house without having the veggies drip away over the sides of our formerly largest bowl....

It's been quite a harvest week, with gallons of vegetables making their way into our freezer.  I'm most excited by the scads of summer squash from our late planting.  We've been spraying them with Bt just in case, but this week I decided to leave a few plants unprotected.  If those guys get bored, we'll know we have to keep spraying until the frost.  If not, we might be able to leave our fall planting of summer squash completely unprotected next year.

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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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