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Summer to fall garden changeover

Ripe bell peppersAt this time of year, everything in the garden feels like a bonus.  Since I don't care enough to start my peppers inside, we usually only have a couple of weeks of sweet peppers, but this year we've already frozen over half a gallon.  Despite the blight, our tomatoes keep producing, and my succession planting means that our summer squash are loaded with fruits.

This week alone, we've put away three quarts of summer squash, two quarts of vegetable soup, a quart of ketchup, 1.5 quarts of green beans, a quart of swiss chard, and 1.5 quarts of stewed tomatoes.  Meanwhile, we're scarfing down cucumbers and fall raspberries, huge heads of broccoli, and the first few snow peas.  Just like the spring to summer changeover, the summer to fall changeover is a time of tremendous bounty, and we're enjoying every minute.

Our homemade chicken waterer keeps backyard coops clean as a whistle.

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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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