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Harvesting from an unweeded garden

Ripening butternut squash

While I've been busy prepping for our move, the garden has been carrying along without me. Weedy and overgrown, the beds are still managing to ripen up quite a lot of vegetables, most about two-thirds the size of my usual specimens but not bad considering the neglect.

Perhaps the experience of harvesting from an unweeded garden will help me lower my standards when I begin again in a new plot of earth?

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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 spent hours weeding the family garden as a child. When I would return home as an adult. I noticed how weedy the garden had become, yea, to the point dad just ran a push lawn mower down between the rows...I somehow began to suspect that perhaps, juuuuuuust perhaps, the weeding had more to do with keeping us out of trouble than vegetable production!
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