Hi, My name is Nanci. I've been gardening organically now for almost 40 years! I've gardened on apartment balconies in pots, in small townhome gardens, in huge small farm gardens, and currently have a beautiful garden my partner Jon had put into our suburban backyard. I've gardened in southern California, Wisconsin and Michigan (where I currently live). We plan to retire to Santa Fe New Mexico in 5 years so I'll have to reacquaint myself with arid gardening practices again once we move.
I love putting my hands in the dirt and find nothing more pleasurable than cooking from the garden. I feed the birds who in turn help keep my garden bug free. I do use organic sprays, kaolin clay has been a great help in my garden. But for the most part, I've never really needed pesticides. I do have to fence in against bunnies in this neighborhood. I'll post a picture on my home page of my garden.
I also find my grocery bill goes way down during the summer months when we're eating a lot from the garden. Of course I haven't figured in the cost of what it cost me to buy the plants and seeds, but I know that I'm still saving a significant amount of money.
I'm happy to join this group. I hope to learn from everyone. I'd really like to work on doing what's needed to extend my growing season like using cold frames in the early spring and row covers in the fall. I've read about it but have never done it. Now that spring is here (although you wouldn't know it from the weather we're having right in in southeast Michigan) I'm itching to get my hands into the dirt!
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