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Huckleberry Swiss

Huckleberry sitting on Swiss Chard seedlings

A crushed Swiss Chard seedling is a small price to pay for the help Huckleberry provides in the garden at this time of 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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Ha. I used to wonder why there were large gaps in rows of tiny carrot seedlings until I noticed that the cat enjoyed lounging on finely worked seedbeds. If I protected the beds with chicken wire raised a couple inches by low wire hoops, she'd crawl under! A great, hard-working cat. Sadly she got carried away at dusk one evening by a coyote. Live by tooth and claw, die likewise.
Comment by jackie Sat Apr 19 18:17:45 2014
Our old cat chose the onion bed for his lounging... I think he broke or bent every single onion stalk,. My solution ( too late ) was to scatter pine cones between the onions. New pine cones are very sharp and prickly.
Comment by Deb Mon Apr 21 00:38:16 2014

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