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JereGettle May 16th, 2005 05:01 PM

Poll: Where do you live?

I thought I would try to find out where all our members are from and any other info they would like to share about their gardens...

I live in Mansfield, MO, as many already know.

I work at Baker Creek Seed Company and enjoy all types of gardening.

Nora May 16th, 2005 05:10 PM

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Northwest Illinois--about 3 miles from Wisconsin & 40 miles from the Mississippi.

ninette4au May 16th, 2005 05:29 PM

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Near Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - not California...

PhilosopherStorm May 16th, 2005 06:02 PM

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I live in central Texas, on the border of the Hill Country. I garden mostly with sustenance farming in mind in the future, so mostly vegetables (heirlooms usually) and herbs. My background is in political philosophy, history, logic, ethics, and justice issues, amongst others.. I was raised with organic gardening, with many of my fondest memories being related to, or actually in the garden.

jrljames May 16th, 2005 06:27 PM

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i live in aragon ga. it is near rome ga. uppercumberland. i would love to share anything about my garden. i can't find many folke that are interested. it is the most interesting thing that i have ever done. i have @1 acr in cultivation. we have 7 acr. i grow every year. allmost all heirloom. and almost all organic. i've always enjoyed the way you guys show plants with bug holes. " if the bugs won't eat it you shouldn't either. " i have some great pictures if you want to see them.

terrianne May 16th, 2005 06:50 PM

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I live in Jericho Vermont. I grew up in the garden and grow mostly heirloom and organic. I get the Heirloom gardener magazine and Baker's Creek seed catalog. I can and freeze my harvest and one day hope to live off the mean time...home is where the garden is :)

Countrystyle May 16th, 2005 08:17 PM

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I live near Cassville Mo about 25 miles from the Arkansas line. We keep a small heirloom garden and some flower beds. Hope to add an orchard in the future.
I found this forum in my Heirloom Gardener.

redbrick May 16th, 2005 08:31 PM

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Hi, I'm from Dutch Country in Pennsylvania. That's southeastern PA. Many of my neighbors are Amish, Mennonite, or Brethren; and live to varying degrees as they have for hundreds of years. This gives me plenty of models and materials for planning an older style of gardening. I confess, I'm a sucker for old and unusual methods and varieties.

A.T.Hagan May 16th, 2005 09:14 PM

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I'm in North/Central Florida just to the southwest of Gainesville. Naturally this gives me a particular interest in OP varieties that will do well in our Deep Southern conditions, particulary squashes, dent corn, and legumes.


poky garden gnome May 16th, 2005 09:27 PM

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I'm from Pocatello Idaho. I garden in raised beds as we live at the base of a mountain and have more rocks than soil. I have expanded the number of my beds every year and this year I intend to plant 50-60 tomatoes plus eveything else. I only use heirloom seeds and have been organic for a number of years. My family and I can or freeze what we we need and then I sell my extra plants and produce at the local Farmer's Market. The demand has grown rapidly for both the plants and the produce over the last 2 years. I am always interested in tomato seed trades especially unusual black varieties.

walleye May 16th, 2005 10:40 PM

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I live in NW Wisconsin, about an hour south of Lake Superior. This is small dairy farm country, with woods and marsh mixed in. I've been gardening organically for 3 years now, after discovering the forums at OG back in 2002. I enjoy reading about sustainable living concepts and vegetable gardening. I always tell people that a well-balanced reading mix is obtained by perusing Mother Earth News, Countryside, Organic Gardening and The Heirloom Gardener.

Just now discovering the joy of heirlooms. I find it absolutely fascinating that I could grow a garden identical in content to someone from the Civil War era!

Heatherflower May 16th, 2005 11:54 PM

Big Island of Hawaii
We have lived on the Big Island of Hawaii for 4 years. I have just recently learned about heirloom gardening and am interested in learning as much as I can about it and teaching my kids as well.

I am learning that some things grow really well here and other things don't do so well. One thing I'd like to try is berries: raspberries, blueberries, huckleberries, ground cherries, etc.

I'm looking forward to learning and sharing with everyone here!


elentari8 May 17th, 2005 01:50 AM

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I live in San Antonio, Texas. Right now I'm an organic landscape designer. In the next few years we're going to be starting a small scale organic farm...probably somewhere between Austin and Houston.

lovetogarden May 17th, 2005 08:15 AM

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I live in Eureka MO. I have been gardening for 10 years now, composting for six.
I garden organically, save and trade heirloom seeds.

sharwafarm May 17th, 2005 08:50 AM

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I ranch (cow/calf, goat and rabbit) and garden in southern middle TN not to far from the AL border - Zone 7 (I think). I have been gardening "naturally" (I won't use the government hijacked term "organic") since ....well a long time ago :D

I have more recently focused my interests to many heirlooms. Tomatoes and pole beans are the two species I am playing with the most. (I don't have the time or patience to fiddle with hand pollinating others to keep them pure.)

Fayetteville TN

Skywalker May 17th, 2005 09:51 AM

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WOW. What a variety!! I live in western Kentucky. We retired here 4 years ago, clearned a spot in the woods and built a log cabin by hand. We are now trying to make our "soil" (or lack of it) usable to garden. We raise some heirlooms organically, which we learned about at a Baker Seed Seminar last year. Hope to continue and diversify as we clear and improve the spot.

Jackie May 17th, 2005 11:18 AM

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I live in Northwest Arkansas, Zone 6. I only have a few raised beds right now that I grow because I stay busy with 3 kids and homeschooling. I'm growing strawberries, English peas, summer squash, and a few tomatoes and a pepper in those, but I also have apple trees, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, plums, pears, peaches and a cherry tree. Since most of these trees are just starting to bear this year, I am interested in how to get fruit as close to organically as possible.

I am also interested in "alternative" fruits--currants, gooseberries, nanking cherries--all those neat fruits in the "One Green World" catalog!

Terrabeth76 May 17th, 2005 11:22 AM

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I've lived in the monocropped cotton/soybean/rice/milo farmed Northeast AR for years but am moving to Northwest AR within two months to complete my undergrad degree in Environmental, Soil, and Water Science at Univ. of Arkansas. For the past year I've been writing literature review on G.E. environmental (and socio-economic) hazards, particularly genetic pollution or gene flow to native weeds. I'll probably continue labouring through that tangled up mess of dirty politics, economics, and shady science for years yet! I also hope to work with CSA's and organic smaller scale and heterocropped farms.

I currently garden organic herbs in 5 gallon pickle buckets on my apartment balcony but am lusting after a yard in which to garden like crazy and would like to work with vegetables and continue working with culinary and medicinal herbs, particularly those safe for children's remedies (I'm a mom). I hope to learn more about native plants and Native American gardening methods for my area. I'd like to design my future garden based on native ecosystem models, companion planting and attracting native beneficial organisms to cultivate native plants for food and medicine.

I'm still a beginner so I'm excited to have this forum as a resource, thanks!

Black Thumb Pat May 17th, 2005 01:25 PM

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I live in Mammoth Spring, AR. I'm in the Foster Grandparent program, retired, and I have always grown something (although not always to eat). This is my first year to grow plants from seeds I saved. More came up than I expected! If they all bear fruit, I will be canning and freezing myself to death. This is also my first year with heirlooms and I hope in January I will plant my first fruit trees. I've planted tomatoes, a variety of hot and sweet peppers, several varieties of lettuce, kale, spinach (including Giant Noble) and radishes. Already thinking about what will go in the fall garden as I discovered that last fall/winter I could have prepared a lot of ground. We had lots of rain this winter/spring and so was delayed in getting ground ready for my plants. Got caught with my tiller down! :rolleyes: So while I am looking forward to summer produce, I'm looking at what will be planted as space opens up toward fall. I'll learn how to do this yet! :)

tazs67 May 17th, 2005 05:04 PM

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Hi - I'm from West Allis, Wisconsin - right near the Milwaukee Brewers Stadium. I have a teeny, tiny garden, and I grow a lot of my plants in containers. This year I'm trying to grow ball shaped carrots, onions, and beets in deep window boxes, and potatoes in 5 gallon buckets as well as my usual tomatoes and peppers in pots... I'll let you know how they go :-)

shadowwalker37148 May 18th, 2005 11:03 AM

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I recently moved from Wyoming to middle Tennessee. I am trying to start a produce garden and have greenhouses. I have had all sorts of problems from the planning commision to weather to money. My wife and I will get through this and we'll have a business. This site will also be a great help. We're sure.shadowwalker37148

Seth Daniel Willard May 18th, 2005 01:58 PM

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I live in west central Minnesota, near Alexandria. It's really awesome to see people from so many different spots. Thank you all!

scotth May 18th, 2005 05:04 PM

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hello all i live outside of jefferson city missouri our state capital i grew up in the garden and try to grow everything organicly iam new to the herloom seeds but iam finding them great the more i try the more i like them. iam also into renewable energy and like building homemade wind turbines hope someday to be off the grid thank you for the new great forum

Veggie May 19th, 2005 07:35 PM

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No one else from Michigan???? I'm surprised!! Lots of farming around here. I live in "town" so my garden is modest, mostly herbs and a few veggies (besides me). I live on the west side of the Great Lakes state. I've been around gardening (organic) since childhood and even when things were tough, we at least had a tomato in a pot!

I'm a somewhat new gardener on my own, and I just got my very own roto-tiller, so things will be even better. Now that I have found a good source of heirloom seeds I plan on having nothing but next year!

starling May 19th, 2005 08:05 PM

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I'm near Boulder, Colorado, and am primarily a Tomato Geek - although I love playing around with all sorts of unusual fruits/veggies, as well as peppers and eggplant.

My biggest challenge this year is building a garden fence that is capable of standing up to a most unruly afghan hound and an assortment of rescued desert tortoises...

ozarkshillbilly May 19th, 2005 08:23 PM

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Springfield, Missouri is where I hail from. Grew up in this area as did my wife. We moved to town from the country back in the late 70's due to work. I'm a few years away from retirement and want to move back to the country but I'm afraid to say my wife has turned citified on me. She doesn't want to move back! It's a real bummer as we've been married over 31 years and I'll miss her. :) I like all kinds of gardening and I am interested in the whole spectrum of self-sufficient living. Everything from living off of the grid to collecting rain water . . . you name it and I'll listen. Thank you for this forum.

TomatoLover May 19th, 2005 09:54 PM

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I'm in Indiana, zone 5. My dad was an avid gardener and passed the green thumb along to me. Since the kids are grown and have left the nest, our garden is not that big, but we try to have a little bit of a lot of different fruits and veggies...the favorite being tomatoes, of course. :)

BEARCLAW May 20th, 2005 09:41 AM

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I live in Winston-Salem, North Caroline south of my home just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Carroll County, Virginia/ love heirloom farming plus working with draft horses.

the_pumpkin_queen May 20th, 2005 11:35 AM

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I live in Ft. Smith, AR...zone7. When I was younder my parents and I used to put in a garden every year but after I moved away they eventually stopped and I never picked it up again til this year. My boyfriend and I originally thought it'd be a good way to save $ on getting veggies for our guinea pigs/iguana and its turned into stuff we like and a massive pepper explosion.
We love going to gardening centers and while he is looking for flowers I am milling over veggies and fruit. We did get some very odd looks to begin with but after going there 2-3 times a week they got used to it! I suppose kids that look like us aren't so much into the gardening thing (weird hair/piercings etc) and well, thats just sad because its so theraputic!
We are also (when not at our factory jobs) active in animal rescue, particularly Mastiffs and Bully breeds (Bulldogs, Pit Bulls, Boston Terrier...etc). They get a pretty bad rap, so we alway root for the under"dog".
Someday we hope to have a larger yard to till up and make into a garden but right now we have about a 20 ft x 10 ft space (tilled, the rest is still a yard) plus all our potted/bucketed stuff. I guess considering we live in the middle of the city its pretty impressive (so I'm been told). But it reminds me of all the Grandma's house's in the cities/towns I have seen....stuff growing everywhere!
Well that's enough, boy I can ramble, can't I?!
Btw, its great to see other Arkies on here :D

zachsierke May 20th, 2005 11:42 AM

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I live on the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico on the eastern shore of Mobile Bay in a beautiful little town called Fairhope that began as a socialist, single tax colony in the late 1800's. It is now a cute and rich tourist destination, but it is still beautiful and retains lots of its original charm. It is just about 30 degree north latitude, so we get lots of hot sun. I garden in very well drained, acidic silica sand. Though my beds are well amended, it still feels somewhat like hydroponic gardening due to the rapid drainage. The drainage is a good thing though, because we get between 80 and 90 inches of rain a year. I am pretty obsessed with tomatoes and give them most of my tlc, but that are many other beautiful things in my garden as well.
I would love to hear from anyone who has a similar gardening situation.

Bluerose May 20th, 2005 06:35 PM

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I live in north central Arkansas in Independence County. I have three acres that I am trying to fill with all kinds of plants and trees. My main passion is roses. I have 80 plants at this time.

reavilh May 20th, 2005 08:14 PM

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I live in Richland, MO, Zone 5. I don,t have a big garden, but love it

Johnny Apple Seed May 21st, 2005 05:23 AM

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I live in Casper Wyoming, I have grown organic most all my life and have gone to almost all heirlooms the past several years. I suscribe to the heirloom gardener magazine that reall kicked it off for me and attending the spring planting festival was the ultimate for a hard core gardener. Great job Jere.
Growing in this climate is a real challenge but I have managed to bring in some excellent harvests.

bunch May 21st, 2005 05:55 AM

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I live on a farm near Eldon Mo. Not a farmer but do have some goats and calves . I like to garden and really enjoy trying new to me heirloom varieties both flowers and vegatables . My wife likes flower gardening the best .The best part of gardening is when I have a bumper crop and can share with others .

jay May 21st, 2005 08:12 AM

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Hello everyone! I live in the north west corner of Montana (zone 5) and have a short growing season. Enjoy reading the garden catalogs in the winter months and usually start seeds in April, or so. Love the miracle of seeds! Usually get carried away with this and end up giving most away, but “it’s my thing”….lol Looking forward to reading all the posts on this new forum.

Nemophila May 21st, 2005 10:18 PM

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Hi everybody! I am in Ohio zone 5. I guess I would probably be considered a "back yard" gardener, although it has spread to the sides, and taken over the whole front as well! I used to have a yard, really I did...:)

agrarian May 22nd, 2005 09:23 AM

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I live on a farm in Central Minnesota. Raising grass fed angus and gardening for our family and extended family.Crops are open pollinated corn and our own oats, besides the hay and grass. No GMO's allowed. We're borderline zones 3 and 4.

flowoxsgarden May 22nd, 2005 11:44 AM

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I'm new to this site but I moved from Ohio to Southern New Mexico (White Sands area) a few months ago. Gardening is different here but it sure is beautiful

26tiger May 22nd, 2005 01:04 PM

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I garden with open pollinated varieties on a remote homestead on the BC coast.

Clyde Kennedy May 22nd, 2005 03:31 PM

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I live in the SE part of Louisiana which is in the toe of the boot. I would be interested in sharing information with you also, I am very interested in heirloom seed and organic gardening. At the present time I have only one heirloom seed that I have saved. They are pole green beans. I do know the variety because the party that passed them along to me did not know the variety however, they have been grown in their family for generations.

stick May 23rd, 2005 08:15 AM

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I live in the mid willamette valley, lebanon oregon.I am interrested in organic gardening, and heirloom plants. great site , scott

johnl May 26th, 2005 01:47 PM

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I live in Potosi, Missouri. 55 miles soutwest of St. Louis. Our town was founded in 1763, before the American Revolution. My father gardened organically before it had a name. I buy seed from Sand Hill Preservation Seeds and Baker Creek. I raise chickens and chiggers.
My favorite tomatoe is Kentucky Beef and I have had great success with the ALI-Baba watermelon. What is a good disease resistant cucumber?
John L.

wildseed2u May 26th, 2005 04:34 PM

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Hi Jere I right down the road from you, in Norwood Mo. I just finished a small flower bed for some of my Perennial Hibiscus. It will be interesting to see if any of them will over winter, I plan to keep and reseed most of them as many are moere like a annual than I perennial. My two garden plots are doing well , I have several plants that are from peru that I'm growing to find out how well they will do here some I will have to bring inside and over winter if I'm to get them to produce. Have a great day and can't wait to go to the summer show.
George Williams
Norwood Mo.

basicsunchild May 26th, 2005 05:43 PM

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I live in Warsaw, Indiana.
The city is in the northern part of Indiana, in Kosciusko (Kos-ee-OS-ko) County.
As a zone-five-er, I love the distinct seasons here.

lacy May 26th, 2005 08:12 PM

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I live in southwest Iowa, Beford to be exact. It is 10 miles north of the Missouri border and 3 counties east of Nebraska. I have 2 small gardens that I'm expanding(I have 3 acres but most of it is hayfield). I also keep a small flock of Buff Orpingtons for fresh eggs.

txgardengal May 31st, 2005 03:31 PM

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Hey all--new member here & this is my first post (on this site, that is). I live in North Central Texas, Fort Worth, & have been gardening organically for more than 15 years. Found your site as a link from Baker Seeds. Have already sent off for my sample issue, & have e-mailed my folks the Rare Seeds website for their perusal. LOVE the photos of tomatoes & peppers--right up my & my HH's (handsome hubby) alley!! We are trying Arkansas Traveler & Old Ivory Egg this year--details to follow. I also belong to another forum, which is paid for by HH for my b-day each year & it's more local. But, I figure you can't have too many other gardeners to yak to. Have enjoyed what I've seen so far.

William Davidson June 5th, 2005 10:42 AM

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Originally Posted by JereGettle

I thought I would try to find out where all our members are from and any other info they would like to share about their gardens...

I live in Mansfield, MO, as many already know.

I work at Baker Creek Seed Company and enjoy all types of gardening.

Hello, W. Davidson retired Veterinary Teacher/Agriculture/ cattle rancher and researcher in soil-plant-animal health . Have direct knowledge from research 0n soil health, Hybrids vs Openpollinated seeds . I will be coming to visit and purchase your seeds. Sincerely William

Wildflower June 7th, 2005 08:59 PM

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Carroll County in Northwest Arkansas :rolleyes:

Jodi June 8th, 2005 08:04 AM

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Well, I'm so thankful and excited to see so many responses to Jere's inquiry! It is also like a pat on the back to know others. . .like meeting new friends.

I was born in Indiana but grew up in Michingan. That is where I learned my gardening. growing, tending, harvesting and prepping all seemed to be a community effort where I grew up so it is more challenging when I moved--feels more like an island. What is organic? GMO, what is that? heirloom, what is that? So it has led to more growth moving to eastern TN towards the mtns. Mostly red clay to try to squeeze some life out. My husband was born and raised in Oauhu, Hawaii. he did experiment with growing a few things on his own as a child. The non-gmo fruits of coconut, papaya, passion fruit, bananas, etc. all grew on this tiny little lot they lived on--I know I was there.

Although he doesn't have much experience he is very encouraging. He knows that is what we need to be doing naturally growing our own fruits and veggies. Just over all back to the basics lifestyle. He is always trying to come up with idea for me to help or make money from doing such things. One idea was to grow flowers for a major cosmetic company. More recently was inspired after seeing E. Coleman's gardens that I could grow greens, etc. for market and restuarants. then maybe he could quit his cubical job. :o) But for now I just share my tenderly cared for fruits of harvest and soem seedlings so that people can see and taste the difference. My mom and my brother are recent heirloom lovers. My mom having her first heirloom garden just this year. Of course she is watching anxiously and tentively every centimeter they grow!

I have a small perrienal flower garden. Every plant there is from my grandmother that I have collected form her over the years from Maryland. That is except where I sneek in some veggie plants here and there.

My garden is sort of depressing. . .having to go on an almost garden vacation this year cause we are renting and it appears that we will be relocating shortly. Where? Prayerfully sitting in the waiting room waiting and wondering when and where.
The garden here is challenging with all the clay and having to build up and we are only renting. Weather is unusually unpredictable. I could have had my spring garden in in January this year--easily. Then there are things like 20 inches of rain in less than a weeks time; 13 of it in less than 24 hours. the earth waxes old. . .I pray more over my seeds, plants, and fruits as time goes on.

I do personal ministries but more of an artiist and writer. doing mostly horses, for horses are another one of my passions. Love their beauty and working with them. Great manure too!

Done rescue work with dogs for years but had to say NO sometime otherwise it will over, or can, over take one's life and family. So right now only one rescue dog here. A 13 year old Shetland Sheepdog, who loves the fruits of the garden too. And she prefers the taste of those garden fresh heirlooms!
The other additions that help the garden are our Nigerian Miniature Dairy Goats. They love the weeds and help feed the garden with their "raisinettes".

I have to admit. . .how does one grow a garden in WY? many areas are just so dry and barren. Do you have a water preservation system? If so, how does it work.

Thanks again everyone. . .looking forward to hearing some more. Thanks for sharing!

apoe June 8th, 2005 03:47 PM

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I have recently moved back "home" to southern La. (like Clyde K.), But am struggling as my previous 20 years of gardening experience has been in upstate NY--year-round gardening is great, but ALL the rules have changed. And trying to get organic supplies--I'm talking basics like rock powders, kelp meal, etc.-- is like banging your head on a brick wall: Order by mail and pay twice the price in shipping, or get cute little pricey 5 lb. bags from a store that really specializes in hydroponic gardening and orchids.

grammysharon June 10th, 2005 11:11 PM

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I'm from south western PA, just south of Pittsburgh. We live on a farm and raise black angus cattle. I have always raised some tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, beets and greens, but nothing heirloom. Nothing make me prouder than perparing a meal that has come entirely from our farm. I am looking forward to trying heirloom veggies. This site is great for someone like me who is excited to learn more about gardening.

purplebean June 11th, 2005 07:19 PM

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I'm new here.
I live in Portland, Oregon.
I'm a single-mom.
I have 1 child.
I own & operate a chem-free, environmentally sensitive, residential house cleaning service to pay the bills.

I participate on a couple other garden forums and that is how I heard of you folks.


pirategirljack June 18th, 2005 06:11 PM

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i'm in st augustine, florida-- if you drive for an hour north, give or take, you'll be in GA. i'm in an appartment with no real land, but i've got alot of container gardening going on; i figure i'll use this time living out of flowerpots to figure out how to make things grow, then put in a real garden when i get a house. i like growing anything with seeds, but especially things i can eat! i also like getting things to grow that aren't supposed to survive in florida's climate, and i like learning about native and heirloom veggies.


Nadhanika June 23rd, 2005 06:48 PM

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I used to live in southwestern part of Sweden. In a flat with huge balcony loaded with ladens of containers of heirlooms and exotic vegetables from my trips. I grew (and still do) many other varieties of heirlooms in my aunt's garden too. She absolutely loves it!

Her kids pick some of the old Swedish variety of purple peas, yellow carrots from Turkey. We use a lot of the Hungarian Poppy seed in our breads.

I left my flat in November 2004. To travel again, this time around the globe (California, Fiji, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines and back to Sweden), for collecting heirlooms in villages, for meeting seed savers. And I worked for food and accommodation ( at organic farms in Australia to see what kind of lifestyle and which climate I prefer, there was a huge range of lifestyles and climates from cold temperate to tropcial. I preferred the Mediterranean.

While writing this, I am in Papua New Guinea. Only 1 month until I get "home" to Sweden. I'll look for a land with a Mediterranean climate (probably southern E.U. but anywhere else will do) to settle down. To grow all my collections, to build a house out of straw bale and local materials with a huge glasshouse attached to southfacing side, to warm up the house during winter while I can grow in it during winter as well, also tropical perennial plants. And most importantly, to be as self-sufficient as possible.

Awww, I can't wait much longer for that reality! :)

begonia July 15th, 2005 01:57 PM

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Greetings from BROOKLYN, NY!

I am very lucky to have a great backyard and a bunch of neighbors who really like gardening. I love to cook as well as garden.

We are growing vegetables and herbs in the backyard:
cucumbers, asian eggplants, zucchini, bush beans, collards,
basil, shiso (japanese herb) oregano, chives, coriander, dill, thyme,
flowers like shasta daisy, sunflowers, etc.

Everything is grown organizally. I also maintain a compost heap. I grow mostly hybrids but i am interested in learning more about heirloom plants and growing more asian vegetables in my own backyard.

thanks !

farmgirl July 23rd, 2005 10:00 PM

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live in Springfield, MO but by the end of the year will move to Fair Grove MO to start a farm to market operation. In town in raised beds I have 70 tomato plants 10 pepper plants, greens, cabbage, onions,cucumbers and squash. Canned 70 quarts of tomatoes last summer and put up all kinds of pickles. Freeze green beans and squash. Dehydrate herbs, tomatoes and fruit. This fall I start planting my orchard while building house and barn. Will also start mushroom logs and plant an acre of asparagas. Also planning free range chickens and quail. Work fulltime in town also.

GreenZone July 26th, 2005 08:35 AM

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Wow, Farmgirl u sound like a mighty energetic person. Best wishes on all your many endeavors!

nini July 26th, 2005 10:48 AM

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SunflowerMeg July 27th, 2005 09:20 AM

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I live in beautiful and wet Western North Carolina, just down the road from Asheville, NC. I have gardened here since 1987 without tremendous success as I won't use chemicals and the bugs usually win the battles. But, come spring, all is forgotten and I'm out there again, planting away. Soon, I will be gardening on a NC coastal island as we are fixing a house up there with plenty of room of a real garden. It will be a new learning experience though as the seasons start earlier and end earlier with many vegetable varieties. I'm sure you will all be hearing my screams as I try to avoid the snakes as there are many. I grow no hybrids and I really want to get a few fruit trees going as that is something I've never tried, but space has not permitted it here. Both my kids have a green thumb, which I am very happy about! And they are even interested in gardening. We got our love for gardening from my dad, and my late husband...they are/were the two that left their gardening impressions on us and we endeavor to keep growing and keep learning.

miller July 27th, 2005 11:15 AM

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Allentown, PA.

I have about a 1200 square foot garden in my backyard, mostly tomatoes, also eggplant, peppers, squash, trying melons this year. Nearly all heirlooms.


aunthoney July 28th, 2005 08:35 PM

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Hi ~ I'm a new member to this site, and I participate in another gardening and seed bank site. I'm in Needles, California. We are right on the borders of California, Arizona and Nevada - on the Colorado River - which translates into Arid zone 10. Up until April of this year I served as the City Clerk. I left that job the end of April to raise our 3-year-old grandson full-time. I'm having a great time teaching Connor (grandson) about gardening.

kkinAL July 29th, 2005 06:42 AM

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I live in McCalla, Alabama - right outside of Birmingham. I am mostly interested in heirloom tomatoes, but finding varieteies that will survive the summer here has been a challenge! I only have a small garden (& lots of pots), but I love it.

oldtimin July 29th, 2005 09:15 PM

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I am a market gardener in extreme Northwest Ohio. I became a market gardener at the erging of one of Jere's employees, John. I grow only heirloom/open pollenated, and am certified naturally grown.

bcaapi July 29th, 2005 09:23 PM

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I live in N.E. Minnesota on the fond du lac reservation and experiment with various heirlooms and op plants and seeds on what grows best in our short season and unpredictable climate. Also enjoy collecting and growing beans, peas and squash

wildseed2u July 30th, 2005 09:46 AM

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Hi, I read that your are interested in trading some seeds, I don't have anything right now, but I am growing a few plants that may do well in your area. perhaps this fall if all goes well we can do some trading. I will have some Amaranth, Quinoa, Royal Purple Bush Beans, some rare hot pepper species, some tomato seeds from the best types that may have crossed they are indeterminate but produce tomatoes up to 2 or more pounds they are Pineapple and Monster. My rare wild pepper species are very hard to find one is a Capsicum praetermissum cross and the others are Capsicum eximium and Capsicum cardenasii also I may have some very nice Rocoto pepper seeds (Capsicum pubescens) I also have some Malaysian cayenne pepper seeds if you like I also will have a few other plants that I will be offering seeds from but I will waite and see how well they do.
George W. Zone 5 Mo.

wildseed2u July 30th, 2005 09:56 AM

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Hi I know just where your at , and know just how hot it can get there, I am trying my bestr to help raise two young grand daughters. They love fresh veggies from our garden and are interested in all types of vegetables, I try to interduce them to varieties from all over the world, What types do you grow and are you growing in raised beds or flat tilled with mulch?
Sincerely George W. Zone 5 Missouri

Yuska July 30th, 2005 04:18 PM

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Greetings from San Antonio, 8b, heat zone 9. This hasn't been the best of growing years, not sure why. No hotter than usual (!) and we've not been restricted on watering. Have great hopes for the fall garden, though. Yuska

winter_unfazed July 31st, 2005 08:40 AM

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I'm in SW Missouri--more specifically, rural Webster County. Not too far from Mansfield, all things considered.

dan luna July 31st, 2005 04:27 PM

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hi my name is dan luna i live in phoenix arizona ,and garden in raised beds,wish me lots of luck isure will need it.

OKGardener August 1st, 2005 12:37 AM

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I live in Sapulpa, OK. Been gardening for years but am fairly new to heirloom gardening (second year), it's becoming an addiction. My husband and I both love gardening! I'm still trying to find just the right varieties for our weather. We garden in raised beds and love to grow just about everything. :)

moonglow August 2nd, 2005 01:41 PM

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Hi from Springfield. MO. Been gardening about 35 years and just got started with raised beds and heirlooms this year. I haven't been as excited about my garden in many years.

aunthoney August 5th, 2005 10:48 PM

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Dan Luna - I read in your post that you're in Phoenix. I'm in Needles, CA and one of my daughters lives near you in Glendale, AZ. You mentioned you garden in raised beds. I'd like to begin using raised beds this next spring and I'm not sure which type of wood to use, etc. Any hints you can offer would be greatly appreciated. Thanks - aunthoney (Helen)

dale August 9th, 2005 11:24 PM

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Nine miles away from Mansfield in Down Town Norwood.

Have a couple of raised beds and at the spring get to gether at Baker Creek Rare Seeds I got some tomato plants from one of the booths and they are the best plants I have ever grown.. have so many tomatoes that I have given away several to friends and co workers at City Hall.

Hope to be at the August 14 and 15th get together.

dale from Norwood MO.

mimicook August 15th, 2005 06:16 AM

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Hey all I went to the Festivale this week-end 8-14-05 . I have already marked my calendar for the Spring one. I live in Cedar Creek , Mo on Bull Shoals lake about 4 or 5 miles from the Arkansas line ,as the crow flies, we just moved into our house last fall and we have planted my dream flower garden with all heirloom flowers. I dont grow many vegetables but always grow enought tomatoes . I am going to try the Dads sunset that i tasted at the festival , so so good.

earthtotable August 15th, 2005 04:04 PM

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I live in Arroyo Grande, CA and I am a heritage market farmer. I love growing organic, beautiful food for chefs and catering companies

Woolwoman August 16th, 2005 03:12 PM

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Wisconsin, the cheese state. I love raising herbs!

Lilsaunt August 16th, 2005 08:17 PM

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I do raised bed gardening in Dalton, GA.

saintdee August 22nd, 2005 09:46 AM

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I'm from House Springs, MO, about 20 miles south of Greater St. Louis. I'm a retired IT Consultant, Homeschool Mom to 2 :) ; put out many bird feeders: love my Hummers (hummingbirds) and Cardinals an zillions of other birds, 2 horses, 30+/- layer chickens, 8 yard roosters (competitors for the tomatoes), 3 dogs, 3 cats, and my GARDEN (both veggies and perennial beds); I gave my hubby a peach orchard for fathers day a year ago. We got lots of delicious small peaches but many bugs, we'll have to figure out how to get the fruit ourselves. Have an ancient pear tree that we've allowed a beautiful above-the-root-sucker to grow off to hopefully replace the old tree, as the old tree trunk is so bent and hollow, it is bound to fail soon.. Have 3 dwarf apple trees that are 5 years old and have never successfully set fruit, last spring had about 15 blossoms, 3 fruits set, all gone to ??? Have to figure out how to get the apples. Have two large pecan trees, never get the nuts before the bugs, have two lovely walnut trees, always get those nuts (bi-annually) as the dogs chase away the squirrels. We live near the river and the bugs are crazy... How to keep the birds, bees, and keep my various harvests? Help? :confused:

KarenChrisRS August 22nd, 2005 07:13 PM

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I live in San Diego. PH 8.0 sand. eghad...

nogmo August 27th, 2005 09:29 PM

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We are in southeast Kansas.

Steph August 31st, 2005 09:36 PM

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We live in North Alabama near Decatur. We just moved to a new house with great soil. Our tomato plants were above our heads within a month after planting and our peppers were very productive. We got some HUGE tomatoes this year. Unfortunately the hornworms got them and they are all but gone now. Cherokee Purple is my favorite tomato. They are sooo good and I have never had any problems with them until the hornworms this year. We can always grow summer crookneck squash and okra here with no problems. I am looking for other varieties of everything that will do well if there is anyone else around here with more experience. I have been gardening chemical-free for five years and am still learning by trial & error.

ceresone September 12th, 2005 12:07 PM

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Near Willow Springs, Mo. here--about 60 miles from Ark. line, about 40 from Baker Creek.Kids all grown, just my hubby and I left on the farm. I'm into raised bed organic gardening--but unfortunatly, my hubby isnt.

denny September 12th, 2005 03:56 PM

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I've lived in Lebanon, MO for two years and am very new to the gardening world. I spent my first summer getting rid of poison ivy (Sorry - not organically - I just wanted it out of here since I am highly allergic to it). This summer my 89 year old aunt, who has been gardening forever, said my tomatoes were better than hers - WOW. I'm having fun but tired of watering.

breckyp September 18th, 2005 04:23 PM

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Originally Posted by JereGettle

I thought I would try to find out where all our members are from and any other info they would like to share about their gardens...

I live in Mansfield, MO, as many already know.

I work at Baker Creek Seed Company and enjoy all types of gardening.

I live in South Mobile county in Alabama. I enjoy vegtable gardening. But I have several flower beds as well. I have been Heirloom Gardening for about 3 years. I have been a gardener since I was 9.


AndrewK September 22nd, 2005 01:35 AM

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Welcome, everyone... It's nice to see some new faces :)

farmerBrown September 22nd, 2005 09:21 AM

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Hi I live in Dittmer, MO - about 30 miles southwest of St Loius. We have an heirloom garden and herbs. We hope to soon start a heirloom truck farm and participate in either Soulard or Kirkwood Farmer's Market.

Joan September 28th, 2005 06:28 PM

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I live near Reading, Pennsylvania. For years I tried having flowerbeds and a vegetable garden but I worked full time and my husband wasn't interested. Well we both retired early spring and perhaps out of boredom he started helping with the garden. Now we are planning on raising heirloom tomatoes next year. We had Cherokee purple and green zebra this year because someone sent them to me and I knew nothing about the "craze" of raising heirloom plants. Well this turned out to be my best year of enjoyment in the garden yet.
I am so glad to have found this site, it is not overwhelmingly large, lots of nice folk and jrjames: you can talk garden and show pictures anytime! I love to talk garden.

Teauteau October 5th, 2005 10:49 AM

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Hello Everyone,
My name is Tom and I live in Kansas City, Kansas. I work for the Federal Government.

poky garden gnome October 6th, 2005 06:50 PM

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Pocatello, Idaho. It's the south east section of the state.

Rats Patootie October 14th, 2005 07:14 PM

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I live in Springfield, Missouri and garden organically, growing mostly heirlooms.


gottagardyn October 15th, 2005 04:13 PM

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I live in Fayetteville Arkansas and would like to turn my front yard into a Heirloom garden!! The whole thing!!! No grass anywhere-just vegetables and flowers and fruit trees.Wonder if I can get away with it.....hee hee hee!!! :D

karenz October 16th, 2005 06:21 PM

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I live outside Slater, Missouri - we farm about 1000 acres of beans,corn, and cattle. I personally garden about 10,000 square feet with a "small " bit of help from family and pets! I grew up with gardening and have typically planted the "old faithful" varieties that are commonly available in retail stores. I have tried to do something new every year, and have only recently got interested in heirlooms. I consider myself an organic farmer, and try to use pesticides of any variety only as a last resort. I eagerly await my retirement from state employment so that I can devote more time to my gardening.

Maven October 16th, 2005 08:08 PM

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Muenster, Tx (Due south of Oklahoma City, just into Tx) but we're building out on the Red River near Illinois Bend Tx on 100 acers.

HOMEsweetFARM October 19th, 2005 11:49 AM

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SE TEXAS (Brenham... between Houston & Austin)
We live off the farm and operate a 65 member CSA. Over 100 varieties of vegetables, heritage laying hens, geese, ducks and Alpine dairy goats. Glad to find this community!


fatcat11 October 23rd, 2005 10:15 PM

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I'm from Lisbon Ohio.I've been a gardener for 35 years like to do all garden stuff the organic way. I have a 8' by 32' leanto greenhouse attached to my garage that I raise all of my vegis and flowers in. Ilike to raise rose's for compition in our area.

tashak November 4th, 2005 10:31 PM

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No. NV between Reno/Fernley/Carson City, elevation 4300". Late spring frosts, arid summers, windy. Spring and fall-to-overwintering-under frost netting are more productive than summer. Sandy stony alkiline soil, windy, variable weather, but I compost and am thankful for a neighbor who lets me handhaul their horse manure. Greens (especially turnip/chard/Asian) are productive.
I've enlarged my garden plots four to five fold from just for me to accommodate the food bank in a nearby small town, thanks to Baker Creek!
This food bank is really appreciative of fresh garden produce, and despite our four to six hour windy sandstorm this Tues., garden is still producing. (I had to hose it down the next day to see anything green.)
Summer crops did really poorly this year due to ten consecutive days of very high heat, so it was farewell tomatoes/hot peppers/squash/okra.
On the plus side, it is really easy to dehydrate stuff for food storage here!
Is anyone else in NV/AZ/NM/WY gardening under these arid windy conditions? Short season zone 6.

tashak November 4th, 2005 10:34 PM

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Oops, that should have been 4300 feet. Apologies.

Joan November 8th, 2005 10:43 AM

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HI Redbrick!
We are practically neighbors. Live just outside of Reading Pa.
Nice to meet you!

Silent November 8th, 2005 02:44 PM

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My family and I are from Southwest Central Indiana.

I've been gardening since I was about 7 (thanks to my grandmother's help and influence). She was 'old-fashioned' in her gardening; composted, etc.... My parents used the fertilizers, etc... and nothing ever tasted as good as Granny's! When I was 13 my mother became ill so I took over the family garden, all three acres of it; sounds big now but with 6 kids and assorted others none of it went to waste. My family and I have just purchased a new home in a small town and are building raised beds, planning where to put our fruit trees, bushes, and so forth. I'm delighted to find this forum and look forward to meeting everyone.

GreenZone November 9th, 2005 08:14 AM

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Welcome to the forum. I too owe my predilection for gardening to my grandmother. When I saw your post it brought back such pleasant memories so I thought I'd write and thank you...

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