Who We Are

The past few years, the area where I live, Crawford County, Ohio, has seen a wonderful explosion of younger families who are embracing the joys and challenges of living off the land. Because of them, amazing things are happening which have been embraced by our community. Farmer’s markets have been created and on-farm stores have opened. Families dedicated to growing organic produce and naturally raised meats are meeting the public’s needs for locally raised foods. And at the heart of this movement are the women.

Ohio Country Journal is my attempt to share the essence of farm life, focusing on, but not limited to, women. My goal is to bring you into our circle of friendship by inviting you to share your stories and experiences with us. You don’t have to be a full time country woman to benefit from joining us; you just have to be you.

The full-time country women featured in Ohio Country Journal are an inspiration to anyone who dares to follow her dreams, whether it is to live in the country or to bring the country life-style to their urban neighborhoods.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Blooming Bales Update

On April 4th, I wrote about Jim making a raised bed in the garden by stacking up straw bales (You CAN Teach an Old Dog New Tricks). The picture below shows the straw bales lined up and ready for the next step, topping off with compost or topsoil.
April 4

These new pics show  that Jim made a wooden frame to hold the compost/top soil. As you can see, the plants are doing very well. 

June 10
June 10

I like raised beds like this and wish that Jim would do more of them in the garden. Raised beds are a more efficient use of space and are easier to maintain and harvest. A LOT less back-breaking, believe me! But, old habits die hard, and for the most part Jim has the garden in old-fashioned rows that will eventually be taken over by weeds. :(

Who knows? Maybe Jim will like the raised beds so much that next year he'll make more of them. There's always hope eh?

Marcheta *hopeful

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