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Grassy garden aisles prevent erosion

Rain on the garden.A quick downpour Wednesday reminded me why the aisles between my raised beds are full of plants rather than bare dirt.  Notice the rivulets of water running down the aisles in the photo?  Those are the aisles which are currently bare clay, recently disturbed during our drinking water trench project.

Our entire garden is on a slight slope, which would be a major erosion hazard with conventional farming techniques.  But between our permanent raised beds and grass/clover aisles, I don't think we have any erosion.  Even better, I can run the mulching mower down the aisles and net a bed's worth of mulch every week!

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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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