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Indian Summer 2014

Indian summer

Two glorious days of Indian Summer made the garden part of our winterization list move along very quickly this week. I yanked out the big weeds between the oilseed radishes in the forest garden, where I'd mounded up the earth and tossed down cover-crop seeds without any sort of kill mulch to maintain my cover-crop monoculture. In the process, I found one last hazelnut, plus a half-ripe butternut that the goats greatly enjoyed.

Putting the garden to bed

Next stop was the back garden, where I yanked out all of the dying tomatoes along with their stakes. Despite lack of a killing frost, I'd actually stopped picking tomatoes a couple of weeks ago when cold weather turned the offerings insipid. But as I worked Monday, I stumbled across a cache of about ten fruits that were ripe red and luscious. A nice treat!

Meanwhile, I enjoyed the way the oats had filled in between the tomatoes and formed a near-solid sea of green. A much more pleasant view than the dwindling tomato plants!

Swiss chard

Finally, Kayla and I got to work on the active mule garden, where kale, mustard, lettuce, garlic, tatsoi, tokyo bekana, Swiss chard, peas, parsley, and strawberries are all still hard at work. I'll need at least one more day of pretty weather to bring this zone into line --- maybe I can squeeze that in before the forecast snow this weekend?

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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 have to say you have a piece of paradise. Living your dream with a partner who shares those dreams. And a bonus in Kayla. Friends make such a difference. Work goes much faster when you have someone to chat with. I asked my husband if we could buy the property up the road from you and turn it Ito an eco village. He said no in half a heart beat, but I think it would make for a wonderful community.

Comment by Kathleen Thu Oct 30 13:32:35 2014
Kathleen --- Sorry you couldn't talk him around! I was really hoping someone would do all the work to make an ecovillage there, but it is a huge undertaking....
Comment by anna Thu Oct 30 19:33:06 2014

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