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Rainy day gardening

Butternut patch

It's been such a hot summer that a week of rainy mornings is a bit of a relief. It takes more oomph to get myself to go outside in the drizzle, but then I end up reveling in the gentle drip of rain on leaves.

Rainy gardening

Those of you who till have to be more careful of entering your garden in the wet. Even your footsteps can compress soil that might be earmarked to grow next year's corn. But with permanent aisles and no soil-movement in sight, a rainy day is a perfect time for no-till garden cleanup.


This week, I planted fall carrots, renovated some strawberry beds, and weeded and topdressed about half of our asparagus. There's something joyful about knowing I'm working on plants that will feed us in 2017.


Meanwhile, Mark mowed and weedate like crazy. Both his and my battles with the weeds are still a draw, but I have a good feeling that we'll win in the end. And on a rainy morning like this, we certainly have fun doing it!

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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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