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Winter is coming

Anna picking last of bean shade trellis

We harvested our Scarlet runner bean shade trellis this week.

Summer is now officially over.

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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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Comment by Jim Fri Oct 10 18:46:39 2014
I love the shade trellis! I live in Gainesville, Florida. We tried a shade trellis for the first time this year using cattle panels and luffa vines. I don't know what the heck I was thinking. The luffa vines grew so lush and gigantic in the roof runoff that they swamped everything, including the hanging baskets on the front porch and a young pomegranate tree. I sell the luffas in the holiday season so on one hand I'm happy that they're producing luffas like mad, but on the other hand I'm not looking forward to seeing if the pomegranate tree is going to survive. I think next year we'll try beans instead!
Comment by Andi | Sat Oct 11 09:32:19 2014
I was wondering how you keep snakes from climbing up the vines. Snake away has to be put down after each rain. It rains daily half the year here in this part of FL. There is a bedroom balcony above the grape vine trellis shading the porch. It would be best not to wander out at night and step on our poisonous snakes. I need ideas. Thanks. I have just found your blog and am enjoying learning about living off the land. You inspire this old lady.
Comment by Pltrickey Wed Oct 15 09:56:18 2014
Pltrickey --- Unfortunately (in my opinion), our dog kills snakes on sight. We don't get snakes larger than a few inches long that close to our house as a result.
Comment by anna Wed Oct 15 17:18:36 2014

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