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Lucky Friday the 13th

Dried figs

Drying rackI've always looked forward to Friday the 13ths.  I figure if everyone else is sure they're going to have bad luck on those days, there must be lots of good luck floating around looking for a home, and if I focus, it'll stick to me.  Here's a disjointed account of all of my Friday the 13th good luck.

I discovered that slices of our Chicago Hardy figs dry quickly and taste delicious.  Yum!

Our curing rack is now 100% full with winter bounty.  I've moved most of the onions inside to make room for butternuts and sweet potatoes, and yet some spillover squash still have to cure on the floor.

Good soil

Transplanted blackberryI dug out the blackberries being shaded by the peach and discovered that the soil left behind has been improved dramatically by five years of mulch and compost tossed on top of the soil.  Transplanting one of the blackberries out of the shade zone and into a hole in the lawn reminded me that most of that area is pure clay with about an inch and a half of slightly-dark topsoil near the surface.  In contrast, the soil in the old blackberry row is loose and dark for at least five or six inches down.  Thanks, worms!

Green bean and tomato

And, despite the blight, we're still getting tomatoes!  The Crazy (a large tommy-toe), in particular, barely seems phased by the fungus.  Next time I think it's going to be a blight year, I should include half a dozen plants of this productive variety in our garden.

Anything lucky happen to you on Friday the 13th?

Our chicken waterer is the POOP-free treat for pampered backyard hens.

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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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