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Last 2018 planting

Lettuce bed

Planting season for 2018 is now officially over. My stomach still can't handle garlic, so we skipped that previous crowd pleaser. But it's now too late to plant pretty much anything else outside a greenhouse, the last beds of lettuce and spinach (to go under quick hoops) having been seeded earlier this week.

Cover crop under tomatoes

Which isn't to say we don't have plenty still growing. In addition to the remaining summer crops, fall beds are lush with new kale, swelling carrots, bulbing brussels sprouts, and heading broccoli. Meanwhile, the oat cover crop I planted in gaps and beneath ailing tomatoes is up and running, promising to improve the soil with no additional effort during the autumn and winter months.

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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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