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Sweet corn and tomatoes

Young sweet corn

We've eaten our way through 2.5 plantings of sweet corn, with three plantings left to mature before the frost. The final beds are right outside our front door, so I walk by them multiple times a day and watch their growth the way you'd watch sand slip through an hourglass. The first freeze seems remarkably close when measured by the height of sweet corn!

Blighted tomatoes

Elsewhere in the garden, I'm also shifting gears with winter in mind. A week ago, my gut said that it was time to stop pruning the tomatoes because blight had spread so much that I had to remove every leaf if I wanted to eradicate all signs of the problematic fungi. It turns out that was a good call --- even with blight (mostly septoria leaf spot) throughout the plants' foliage, our plants matured more tomatoes than the previous week due to their extra leaf area. It looks like we'll reach quota on soup this year after all. Phew!

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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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