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Lengthening shadows

Shadows advancing across the garden

I woke up just before dawn on Thursday, shocked that the sky wasn't yet awake at 6:30 am.  Even after the sun came up, it stayed behind the hill, settling already into its sulky winter pattern.  I was able to weed in the shade until 11 am --- which I have to admit felt pretty good given current warm temperatures!

This is our upper garden, where the tomatoes have been ripped out and replaced by seeds for fall crops.  Still, the garden is very alive with okra, corn, cucumbers, herbs, and next year's strawberries.  Peas and carrots have come up, but I think I may have to replant a couple of beds due to the cats getting excited by the soft bare soil....

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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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