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Putting the garden in order

Rebuilding raised beds.


Mark and I are devoting this week to remedying a couple of major garden mistakes we've made over the last year.  The first mistake was totally mine --- I let the weeds take over the garden in late fall last year.  In a traditional garden, this isn't a huge deal, but for no-till it's a catastrophe since it means a major weed infestation the next spring (right now.)  Short of losing two year's soil ecosystem growth by tilling, or buying masses of mulch to cover the beds, the only solution is many days of hand weeding.

The second mistake was a joint mistake....



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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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