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Just one more flat...

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Swiss chard seedlingsIn many ways, I'm putting the garden to bed early this year. I'm pulling out a lot of summer crops early, planting oats in their place to build organic matter while letting the tired gardeners rest.

And yet...I'm starting one last flat of seeds. Crawdads ate the roots of most of my parsley plants this summer and voles did the same to a third of my Swiss chard crop. A few seedlings started in late August will fill in the gaps and ensure our winter garden is full of life throughout the long, cold months ahead.

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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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