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Oak leaves the size of a cat's ear

First squash seedling and oak leaves.

I just realized that I forgot to list all of the things we'll be planting in May.  Suffice it to say that this is the month we put in all warm weather crops --- tomatoes, peppers, sweet potatoes, basil, beans, corn, squashes of all sorts, cucumbers, melons.  You name it, we plant it.

Supposedly, the Native Americans planted their corn when the oak leaves were the size of a squirrel's ear.  We put in our first planting of corn (and a lot of other vegetables) a week ago when the oak leaves were just shy of that size.  Now, after five days of solid rain, the oak leaves are more cat-ear-sized and the first seedlings are peeking out of the ground.  The photo above is a seedling of our favorite type of summer squash --- Goldbar.

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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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