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Two hours in the garden

July harvest

It's that time of year again --- when a couple of hours weeding in the garden has the side effect of bringing home a bigger harvest than we can possibly eat in the next few days. Our local librarians are going to have to add more cucumbers and squash to their diets. (We'll keep the carrots.)

Garden before and after

The photos above show the part of the garden I hit Tuesday, before (above) and after (below). I pushed back the squash (who were trying to eat the onions), yanked out our first planting of cucumbers (since we have another bed in full production now), and harvested the carrots. Other beds had been home to oats (which didn't die properly and turned into weeds) or garlic (harvested a few weeks ago). The result is that most of this area is now fallow until it turns back into a fall garden. So I scattered buckwheat seeds liberally across the bare ground and can write this area off my agenda until planting time for kale, lettuce, and brussels sprouts.

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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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