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Very late first frost

Frost on brussels sprout

So far, our ridgetop location seems to be moderating low temperatures as expected. We missed the October frosts that hit so many other folks, skating by at 35 even though the projected low was 28 one night. This is in stark contrast to our previous, north-facing, valley-bottom farm where lows could often dip as much as ten degrees below the forecast.

Frosted redbud

But all gentle autumns must come to an end. The night after our electricity was turned on, I woke to frost on the grass. 30 degrees --- enough to send many of the tree leaves tumbling but not so much it nipped my winter garden. Now to see if the ridgetop mildness can make up for me planting everything a month late....

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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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Hello and welcome to Ohio. I love reading your bloig but don't comment often. I am only an hour from Athens Ohio and love the Farmer's Market. I am happy to see you settling in nicely too the area. I look forward to watching and see how you get along this winter in Athens. And maybe one of these days I will see you at the market. But then again I don't want to seem like a creeper.
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