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Preparing for the frost2

Orange peppers, summer squash, and broccoliI figure chances are pretty good that we'll return from our honeymoon to a frosted farm, so we're doing frost preparations before we leave.  I've gathered up our curing sweet potatoes, garlic, and butternut squash to be hung in mesh bags in the kitchen.  In the garden, I picked the last of the basil (already nipped by a 35 degree night on Saturday) and what may be the last of the summer squash, peppers, and green beans.  One more gallon of summer bounty hit the freezer and we ate our last batch of pesto pasta with basil fresh from the sun.

I'm torn about whether to pick all of the green peppers and bring them inside to eat when we return, or whether to gamble by draping the plants in row covers and hoping that we'll have some orange peppers when we get back instead.  I vastly prefer the latter, but think I might do the former --- I'm not big on gambling and even green peppers taste pretty good after the frost.

Check out Mark's homemade chicken waterer.

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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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