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JereGettle May 16, 2005 06:01 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 16, 2005 06:10 PM

Re: Poll: Where do you live?
Northwest Illinois--about 3 miles from Wisconsin & 40 miles from the Mississippi.

ninette4au May 16, 2005 06:29 PM

Re: Poll: Where do you live?
Near Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - not California...

PhilosopherStorm May 16, 2005 07:02 PM

Re: Poll: Where do you live?
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 16, 2005 07:27 PM

Re: Poll: Where do you live?
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 16, 2005 07:50 PM

Re: Poll: Where do you live?
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 16, 2005 09:17 PM

Re: Poll: Where do you live?
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 16, 2005 09:31 PM

Re: Poll: Where do you live?
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 16, 2005 10:14 PM

Re: Poll: Where do you live?
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 16, 2005 10:27 PM

Re: Poll: Where do you live?
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 16, 2005 11:40 PM

Re: Poll: Where do you live?
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 17, 2005 12:54 AM

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 17, 2005 02:50 AM

Re: Poll: Where do you live?
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 17, 2005 09:15 AM

Re: Poll: Where do you live?
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 17, 2005 09:50 AM

Re: Poll: Where do you live?
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 17, 2005 10:51 AM

Re: Poll: Where do you live?
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 17, 2005 12:18 PM

Re: Poll: Where do you live?
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 17, 2005 12:22 PM

Re: Poll: Where do you live?
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 17, 2005 02:25 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 17, 2005 06:04 PM

Re: Poll: Where do you live?
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 18, 2005 12:03 PM

Re: Poll: Where do you live?
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 18, 2005 02:58 PM

Re: Poll: Where do you live?
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 18, 2005 06:04 PM

Re: Poll: Where do you live?
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 19, 2005 08:35 PM

Re: Poll: Where do you live?
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 19, 2005 09:05 PM

Re: Poll: Where do you live?
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 19, 2005 09:23 PM

Re: Poll: Where do you live?
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 19, 2005 10:54 PM

Re: Poll: Where do you live?
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 20, 2005 10:41 AM

Re: Poll: Where do you live?
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 20, 2005 12:35 PM

Re: Poll: Where do you live?
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 20, 2005 12:42 PM

Re: Poll: Where do you live?
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.

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