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Spring garden

Spring garden

Weekend Homesteader paperbackThose of you who have worked your way through the Weekend Homesteader projects since May will notice that you've come nearly full circle.  You planted a simple summer garden and learned how season extension can make the fall garden produce deep into the winter months.  Now it's time to begin round two, starting the garden year a bit sooner so that you can taste homegrown produce as early as April.

Before diving into this week's project, you may want to refresh your memory by perusing Weekend Homesteader: May (the basics of no-till gardening), Weekend Homesteader: October (simple season extension), and Weekend Homesteader: November (garden rotation).  But don't get bogged down if you're just tuning into the series.  Your spring garden could be as simple as a lettuce bed, thrown together in a few minutes and enjoyed just as thoroughly.

This week's lunchtime series is excerpted from Weekend Homesteader: March.  I saved some of my favorite projects for last, so I hope you'll splurge 99 cents to read about growing edible mushrooms, composting, and attracting native pollinators.  And, of course, the ebook has the full spring planting chapter in case you just can't wait to read each installment at noon this week.

This post is part of our Spring Planting lunchtime series.  Read all of the entries:

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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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