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Organic potato and leek harvest

August Is Made For This

August 1st. Summer arrived so late this year that it feels short, and yet here we are: August. The time of year when we oscillate between gratitude for the bounty of harvest and the exhaustion of mounting work. I feel it in the length of to-do lists, harvest lists, and the number of items that …

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Winter at Good Heart Farmstead

Even the Longest Winter

Winter strode in quickly and definitively this week, with whipping winds that plunged us to 1ºF on Wednesday night, making this morning’s 20ºF feel warm, and the forecasted snow storm welcome.  (Even though it’s been 3 years since we moved out of the yurt, I still associate lots of snow with extra insulation—heavy snow years always …

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5 Steps to keep critters out of your winter garden

5 Steps to Keep Critters Out of Your Winter Garden

Just a week ago the hillside was alight in orange, yellow, and red. Maples, birches, and ash loudly announcing autumn. Now those leaves are falling to the ground, and its the pines and hemlocks that stand out, their green amidst bare gray limbs and the last brassy orange still hanging onto deciduous branches. It’s another …

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Planting cover crops is one way to put your garden to bed

Putting the garden to bed: 3 steps to help your field rest well

It’s early October and the fall rains have settled in this week, replenishing the land after a hot, dry summer.  As the days shorten and cool, we’re preparing the garden for winter’s rest. We shoot to have all our storage crops harvested by October 15 at the latest, giving us one last window to cover …

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