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Slow Spring Rain

Rain on a tangerine leaf.We enjoyed a wonderfully rainy weekend.  About an inch and a half fell over the course of two days --- the perfect speed to soak the soil and sprout those seeds I planted last week.

I also put our house plants outside to harden off in the rain.  Cloudy skies mean relatively warm nighttime temperatures, so I can be lazy and leave the plants out all night.  Usually, hardening off is a maddening series of carrying your plants out in the day and in at night, worrying about too much sun and too much cold.  Our citrus in their five gallon pots are not a joy to relocate over and over, so I am thrilled to get to go the lazy route.

Meanwhile, the US Drought Monitor tells me that the extreme southwest tip of Virginia, where we live, has finally popped out of drought conditions.  Awesome!!!!  Thanks, rain!

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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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