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Front garden flaws

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Our front garden used to be my favorite growing spot. It began with B+ soil, while the rest of our core homestead was closer to a D. But, over time, I improved the soil everywhere else...which allowed the front garden's inherent flaws to shine through. First of all, there's the wacky layout, with lots of little beds dug before I knew any better. Then there's the fact that this area turns into permafrost in the winter and even in the summer only the very center of the front garden counts as full sun. Which is all a long way of saying --- the front garden is now my least favorite gardening spot, so it tends to get neglected. Time for a hard reboot!

Mown garden

First step --- a close mow of the aisles so we can see what we're working with. Next step --- trick Kayla into coming over to help me move dirt. Here's hoping she doesn't read this post before she heads out the door or she might just call in sick....

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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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I tried to have a veggie garden. Unfortunately, I worked harder on the flower garden so that thrived while the veggie garden went to weeds. We did get a lot of tomatoes, that I gave away. I don't like tomoatoes. I don't know why I grew them except because it's expected. four pepper out of four plants. The cantalopes failed miserably. The cukes turned yellow. I did get and enjoy a few zuchinnis, and also gave one or two away. The collard greens lost to the weeds. I need to dig up the onions and the sweet potatoes. That should be fun. I had an amazing success growing sunflowers and enjoyed the squirrels and the birds having at them. We shall see what we do for next year.
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