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4/21/11 1:38 P

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Hello,

I'm completely new to gardening and usually consider myself to have a "black thumb," but I am ready to learn. It can't be that diffcult right?

I am particularly interested in container gardening since I I live in a hi-rise and only have a 6' x 15' balcony to garden.

I look forward to growning and eating more nutritious food that can't get more local that right off my balcony!

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Hi everyone,

My name is Helena and I love to play in the dirt. But if I'm gonna play in the dirt I need to take a few pounds off so I can bend over again. I started down the right path last year and ditched it when I had to go back to work. So I am starting all over again with spark people.
And since there is nothing as peaceful as being in a garden I am going to use my garden to ground myself (I hope and pray). Also thought I could pick up some tips from seasoned vege gardeners.

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Hiya!

I'm a 21 year old student from Vancouver, and finally landed a place with a little room to grow. Nothing substantial, but I'm pretty excited what I can get out of it.

Hope to learn a lot from you all...and hopefully contribute something myself, though my knowledge is limited.

Cheers!

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Thank you so much Ashley! That book looks to be exactly what I need! This is such a nice hobby... I'm having so much fun! Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

I'm worth it!!!


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4/13/11 7:50 P

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I'm new to this group and new to gardening. I rented two plots in a community garden (each is about 11 ft by 6 ft and I'm looking forward to growing my own food.

I'm so new at this that I expect I'll need a lot of help, so hopefully I can get some support and advice here. I'm in San Diego and my garden is going to have full sun, so I need some veggies which will thrive in these conditions.

I prepped the soil last weekend - hope I did it right! It took us about 6 hours and boy was I sore and stuff the next day (not to mention sunburnt). We tilled the soil (as best we could with the tools we had) and dug up a lot of the existing soil to add in our own organic compost.

So far, I've already spent over $500 on my new activity (and I haven't planted a single thing yet) so I really need to this be successful!!

Any tips for me? I'm planning or hoping to plant seeds directly into the ground!

Looking forward to getting to know everyone here!

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Hi Coach Nicole and teammates. Paula Here. Team Leader for Torrance, California (Los Angeles County) and SouthBay/BeachCities Sparks both located in So Cal!

Very interesting you should start a team in organic gardening!

I took a year off from my teams to prepare and then volunteer on organic farms and ranches in Northern California. I just got back from a 5 month stay on several of them in Mendocino and Sonoma Counties.Through this great opportunity I am learning about self-sustainable living and the "green" life!

Currently I am taking a break and I am back in Torrance.

I can't wait to see where I end up next!

In the meantime I plan to get involved in community gardening and hope to pull in some of my spark team mates here. I can't wait to hear all the great things everyone is doing. I feel lucky to live in California where just about everything grows!

GO GREEN!
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Hello Everyone, I joined the Team a few days ago, but am just now getting around to introducing myself. My name's Jenna, and I've gardened all my life. But, I'm far from an expert. My parents, and aunts & uncles, always had huge gardens when I was growing up, and I always helped to plant, weed, and harvest. There's nothing better than fresh veggies from the garden! My Hubby and I have a rather small yard, so my garden space is not very big. But, I do have flowers everywhere! Last year I decided to try a raised garden bed. I made a 4x8 frame, stuck it in the center of my original garden and filled it with soil and compost. The veggies were abundant and delicious! Lettuce, onions, peas, scallions, carrots, tomatoes, cukes, peppers, and green beans. Plus, I had 2 ft on either side of the raised bed to plant too. This year I'm going to gently mound the raised bed instead of having a flat garden. I read that mounding will increase the overall planting area. We'll see. If I can add a few more seeds it'll give Hubby and I a few more beans etc. to enjoy.
Happy Gardening!

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4/7/11 1:06 A

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I'm new to this forum and to Sparkpeople. Last year I had a massive garden with zucchini, tomato, bell pepper, strawberry, chard, spinach, you name it... this year i will focus on more herbs and more spinach since i'll be needing it for my "healthy" meals now! And not so much of the other stuff. I love to grow my own food, it's so rewarding, but I'm not that great at it though! This year will be fun.

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I am in Central Maryland. I mostly grow flowers. I am going to try tomatoes this year

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4/2/11 8:46 P

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I am an east Texan who does square foot gardening. I am anxious to learn more about vegetable gardening. I am a member of TOPS and am living creatively with fibromyalgia. I have made many lifestyle changes as I lose my excess weight. I've added hooping to my fitness regimen of walking my Yorkie, Gus and swimming.

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Hi all! I'm new to this group and definitely a novice gardener. I don't know much about it and used to just shove whatever flowers I liked into the ground. I do know I can keep them alive! Last year I grew my own tomatoes and green beans. I'm desiring to be more organic and more mindful of what I eat. Growing it myself has definitely made it more fun to eat healthier. I look forward to learning more from you.

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Hi everyone! Moved to Indiana last year and will be starting a small garden this year. I am new to gardening and hope it goes well. Really glad I found this team.

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Hello, I am new to the team. I have tried gardening in large pots--saw it in Better Home and Gardens. Last year I got a huge tomato plant but it died, like it have been burned. I move the pots away from the house, got blooms, but no food!!!

I like to plant watermelon for the kids, zuccini squash and acorn squash, tomatoes and green peppers. But we don't get to eat any.

How do I keep this forum close to my start page?

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3/30/11 8:10 P

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Hi Everyone!
Can't wait to learn more about gardening. I have raised beds in backyard this year. Have already started cabbage, broccoli, onions, radishes, snow peas, green peas and lettuce. Will be adding one more raised bed soon when the weather is better. Would love to have a herb garden. Can't wait to plant more when the weather is warmer. Hoping we all have a great year in producing safe food for our healthy lives.

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3/29/11 10:00 A

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I'm new to this forum, but not new to gardening. I have use a raised bed for gardening. Saves on having to weed. (YEAH). It's not as big as I would like, but I like it. I live in Michigan and having a raised bed allows me to plant earlier then what I would if I had to plant in the ground. So in the next week or so I will start with the cold weather planting (greens, broccoli and some beans and garlic). Can't wait to see all that will come up this year.
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Hello, I'm in New Brunswick Canada and still under 1meter of snow and apparently expecting another 15-20 cm of snow this Saturday... :(
Hopefully the snow will melt soon and I can start my first garden at our new home. I have seedlings sprouting in my living room and may end up with a container patio garden if the weather keeps up. Where the snow banks are gone with help from shoveling, certain spring and snow tolerant plants are blooming-what a beautiful sight!
I've been more successful with orchids than gardens and indoor herb gardens and look forward to learning alot. I'm in a zone 4 emoticon

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Wow! I'm jealous of you both! You already have the great weather, things growing and I'm looking at ice puddles in my garden! I think I will start a few things in the house to get ready for end of April. IIamoon...your page is cool!

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I want to come to YOUR garden Brownie! emoticon

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Hi there,I've been a Sparker for one year now...love gardening...apart from hedges and flowers
I grow herbs too...I have chive..Tomato plants..Marjoram..Rosemary..Okras..Cassava or yucca..a lime tree..two pear trees 'Avocado'..and indigenous to my area here in the Caribbean..A 'Soursop tree' the name belies the taste..its milky and delicious...I have a bayleaf tree..Some banana trees that at the moment refuse to bear lol....I also have some sweet potatoes planted..The herbs are in containers...i get drums cut in half lengthwise..then
Add soil...To protect the herbs from any frogs passing by lol..or my dog...But the other trees
are in the ground..its our house so planting reduces me buying certain things...I plant and my
Hubby maintains them...its a joy to plant and be able to reap something!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Hello from New Orleans,La! I am not new to Sparks, but just stumbled on your group today. I had my 1st veggie garden in 2010 although I had my first breakout with a flkoral garden for the year I lvied in Oregon. That garden came about to help me not only with aesthetics but it was a great way for me to reduce my stress in a stress enviroment. Upon retuning back home to New Orleans in the fall of 2009 within 6 months I learned of the New Orleans Food & Farm Network that assisted people with starting a garden. I had to have containers not because my outside yard wasn't big enough but because of my ability to physically get on the ground.

I have some success some not so but the wonderful thing about NOLa is our winters are for the most part are temperate & the growing season is long.

A Month ago I thought I was moving into a loft and gave my containers away to a food bank since I would not be able to take it with me. Then at the 11th hour that felled through and I moved into a house that while smaller then my other space will still allow me to have another container garden. So now I start over, but I am excited.

My former landlord is allowing me a few more months at my previous residence with my compost. I so hated the thought of losing that after waiting so patiently but now I can do it & then move my soil. I am also starting one at my new place.

So I am looking forward to learning much for this group. I am an visual artist/poet by trade & plan to incorporate some of that into my garden. Stop by my page whenever you get a moment!

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Hello everyone from Northeast Ohio. I'm a 54 career banker, who would rather be gardening any day. I have had my own vegetable garden since I was 10, and always freeze or can things, as well as pickle and jam. I've dragged my daughters out to how and pick, and now they love gardening too. I love my vegetables and always feel much heathier growing my own, so I feel great in the summers. The past five years has slowed down my gardening due to stressful work situations, however, this year I'm going to expand the backyard garden. Its time to feel better. I'm on the road to losing 50 pounds, walking everyday and improving life. My garden connects me to real life. I look forward to learning more about organic improvements from the group.

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Hi,

I am new to spark people, and new to gardening as well. This is the first year my hubby and I are trying to grow some food. We just moved to eastern VA and live in an apartment, so our garden will be strictly containers, but we're hoping that since it's a very sunny deck, we should have some good luck. We're growing cucumbers, basil, green onions, cilantro from seeds and tomatoes and peppers from seedlings (to be purchased soon). I'm having a hard time finding local organic seedlings (not to mention local organic produce in the stores and markets!), which is frustrating.

I look forward to hearing about your gardens and getting tips and tricks to keep my veggies going!

Hillary

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3/23/11 12:38 P

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I go through spurts of being an avid gardener to being a lazy gardener depending on the year. I used to subscribe to 'Organic Gardening' magazine because I try to grow organically for the most part. I live in the Mid Coast Maine area and have to combat deer and ground hogs to get any kind of crop. ~Julie

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Hi, I am new to this team and this will be my second attempt at gardening. First was many years ago and a whole different life.

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I have an fenced acre so I am getting an area ready, removing vegetation, and after I have the soil turned I will fence it off so my dogs will not have access.

I want to make my own compost bin, but I am not sure of how to build one. I will be looking into this and any ideas will be welcome. If you could please post compost bin ideas on my sparkpage I would appreciate the input.



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Hi everyone!

I am on my own for the first time. My house needs a lot of repairs, but my "garden" right now is a small city plot of land covered in trash and decaying leaves. I'm going to take "before" pictures and put them on my Sparkpage. I need green and flowery things around me, so I have a lot of work to do. Plus, I don't have a lot of money, so growing my own food and storing it properly will hopefully shave a lot off of my food bill every month. I look forward to reading everyone's advice and tips!

I would also LOVE to start a windowsill herb box in my kitchen.
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Hi,
I have had a mini organic garden for the past 20 years. It has always been a creative outlet for me as well as a way to relive stress and enjoy nature. It is just a small family garden but we love it.
We grow veggies, berries and edible flowers. Some years I grow in small square plots like one for Italian food Roma tomatoes, basil, oregano and garlic. We have another we call the salsa garden with yummy cilantro, jalapeños, yellow onions golden tomatoes as well as a wonderful tomato called red ugly grown locally. I have another garden we call homestead and that has all the other traditional herbs and medicinal plants like cone flower, lavender, rosemary, chives, sage, lemon thyme, chervil, savory, calendula, st. johns wort, chamomile and enough mint for 5 families. I like to make my own soap so we use a lot of the herbs and flowers to put in the home made soap, body oil and of course herbal teas. We have our little indoor window box as well. I like to see things grow year round. I am taking a college course this year in healing herbs and look forward to learning from everyone on this site as well.
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Hi,
I have been gardening organically from the time when organic gardening was not necessarily "cool". LOL

I do some things differently now but still garden much the same as I always have. I do have a Troy Bilt Tiller/Cultivator now because my dh was really sick when I got it and couldn't till my garden for me anymore. I love it because really a child could use it.

I also grow some of my vegetables in barrels. I do not use chemicals for any reason. I do some companion planting and am fortunate to have many lady bugs and earthworms.

I have an herb garden, too. Gardening to me is good for soul.

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I've been on Sparks for a while and have been gardening since we moved here about 5 years ago.
First year we did a few tomatoes plants but then my DH got interested in hydroponics and built up a small system on our deck. Then he expanded that to a larger system plus we had an in-ground garden as well. Also, apple tree, pear tree, peaches, strawberries and a poor looking blueberry bush. Can't forget the basil and parsley!
We also did some square foot gardening where we planted beets, some beans, and lettuce.

In the hydroponic system we had green peppers, tomatoes, string beans, berries, broccoli and kale. It has been trial and error to see what grows the best.
Our in-ground garden usually contains more beets,tomatoes, potatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, and potatoes. Our asparagus patch is 3 years this Spring, so we are looking forward to trying some this year.

It is time for us to start our tomato seeds. We still have fresh Kale growing in a small hydroponic set up that we put on our unheated sun porch. We didn't expect it to grow all winter but they survived and we eat lots of kale. Also, one spinach plant and broccoli plant made it all winter too.

We have never used any bug killers on our hydroponic system and never spray our fruit trees. Our apples, pears and peaches may not look beautiful but they sure do taste great. Occasionally our in ground string beans have some bug that may requires something but last year no problem at all.

We compost everything, have 2 bins going all the time and occasionally add a little something from our neighbor's cows or horses! In the Spring we dig out some worms for all the birds who nest around here. Lots of lovely worms for our garden.

We were both city slickers who are fortunate to retire young, and can enjoy living the good life out in the country and praise God for all his blessings.

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Hi everyone,
My name is Margo. I started my first vegetable garden this year. I'm going organic in containers. I'm not new to SP and been trying to lose the last 15 lbs for years. Really I'm tickled when the scale drips below 150, but it doesn't usually stay there long. Even if I'm getting the last of the weight off, I know I'm eating healthier while I try.

I'm excited today because I ate the first produce from garden. Lettuce. It was quite yummy! I planted a transplant for that bunch. The rest of plants are starting from seed, so I have awhile before I can sample those.

I look forward to getting to know everyone.

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Hello,
My name is Ann. I am not new to SP but am new to gardening. I have decided to start a vegetable garden this year and all help and advice is appreciated.
Support with the weight loss is appreciated as well!
Ann

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I just love going home everyday. :)

Can't wait until we have the yard and house "finished" (major constrcution & yard sculpting done).

Made my way to single digit sizing one veggie at a time. :)


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I love when I find a group with so many like-minded people!

My husband and I just moved into a 'new' house in the city of Rochester about 2 years ago, the house needed work but it was the yard/space we fell in live with - 1/3 acre in the city (on a street that dead-ends into a county park) - is almost unheard of.

So, the house is getting the work that it needs, slowly but surely - and so is the yard. I have 3 chickens that are big garden helpers - they love the scratch and turn/aerate the soil (in thier own little ways) and (though they don't know it) have been making very useful compost all year long for the gardens.

We have 2 pretty good sized gardens and I'm planning on adding more on to them this year, lots of veggies & herbs, I'll be also trying barley this year as well (thought it would be neat to try a grain). I've also got some blueberry and raspberry plants to go in the ground, and I should be getting my strawberries sometime soon.

My best friend and I have been canning the last few years and last year I also got a dehydrator for additional preseving options... we have been able to eat the veggies from our 2010 garden so far all winter long! :)

I'm a big fan of trying to buy/grow locally and as chemical free as possible. I think it's better for your body that way. Of course there are things you can't always get locally of find in the organic section and/or somethings just have a bad year in the garden, but I do what I can. :)

This year I'm also planning on planting hops. We have been home brewing wine with a few other couples for the last few years and I just started making beer too. That's actually pretty easy to do too - and it does tase better/fresher and there are no extra preservatives etc being added when you make your own at home. It's a lot of fun...

Now if only I didn't have to work... I could spend all of my days in the yard with the gardens, the chickens, & the wonderful cooking, brewing & preserving - and working on the house with my hubby!



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I agree with Ashley about gardening being a trial and error hobby. But even when I have a failed crop - I learn something. Also, pulling weeds is a good way to get rid of frustrations that occur in the work place!

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Hi Judith. Personally one of the best books I have ever read on the subject is "One Magic Square" by Lolo Houbein. She is a great writer and incredibly knowledgable on the subject. She is especially great if you're trying to start small and still learning the importance of eating local, whole, organic foods. :)

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Hello! I'm Ashley and I live in central Michigan. I bought my first house last February and turned my backyard into an urban homestead. I live in the downtown corridor of a small village (pop 4,000) and I have a small henhouse and 2/3 of my backyard is a big organic garden. This year I'm installing raised beds and putting a tiny apple orchard (3 semi-dwarf trees) on the property line of our neighbors (they blow the snow out of our driveway in exchange for a dozen eggs so they are very like-minded). I have rain barrels and a compost pile, but I'm hoping to put in a 3 bin compost system this year. I also use manure from our chickens and rabbits as fertilizer and I'm trying out buckwheat as a cover crop this year.

I am brand new to gardening but I have read every book on the subject I can find. I also like to jump in head first because I think that's the best way to learn. Gardening is the ultimate trial and error hobby in my opinion.

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Hi I'm Judith from Florida! I'm very excited to be part of this team! I have an atrium in my house that I am starting to make into an organic garden So far I have some parsley, lemon balm that I use for ice teas, and some rosemary. I know nothing about organic gardening, or gardening for that matter! But I enjoy eating healthy whole foods so I am very eager to learn! I am searching for a good book on organic gardening... any ideas?

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Hi, I am from IL. You name it we get hot summers, spring rain and sunshine, rainy cool fall, and this 2010-2011 we got blasted with snow!! I love organic food. Veggies and fruits are my favorite. We have planted a 5 by 7 ft.regular garden. I like to learn here how to plant a organic garden. A goal is a grapevine, strawberries, and watermelon, along with the fresh vegetables.

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I have been commenting on other threads but see that I have not introduced myself yet.... emoticon

I live in central Iowa and am always looking for networking opportunities with other gardeners. I always learn so much from others! I was raised on a farm and think gardening got in my blood although I still hated all those miles of beans I had to weed, pick, and preserve! I work away from home so garden on a smaller scale than we did when I was a kid. My husband helped corral my vegetable garden into 6 raised beds which I love! I also love planting flowers and having bouquets of flowers the whole growing season long.

Lately I have added rain barrels and composting to my garden work and that makes me feel good too. I'll enjoy getting helpful tips from all of you!


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HI! I have just joined the sparks and I love organic gardening. I put 6 raised beds in last summer and was able to grow a lot of lettuces, kale, radishes, pumpkins, tomatoes, cucumbers that I pickled, beets, parsnips, and onions. Everything did pretty well. My kale got white flies but i bought a bunch of lady bugs on line and released them into the garden. That helped, but this year I will do that earlier. Any body know why I had no luck with onions that I grew from seed? Maybe my growing season in New England is too short. Should i try onion sets? I can't wait to start my seedlings under lights in March!!!

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Hi,
I'm hoping to plant an all-organic garden this year. Hoping to learn from more experienced people here.

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Hi, Katy...You may want to consider a Square Foot Garden (raised garden)...there's almost NO weeding...there is, however, a lot of initial work putting it together, but worth the effort!
You can Google to learn how...Take Care! Beth

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Hello! My name is Katy. I live in central VT. I have gardened a bit in the past and really have enjoyed the end result but never really felt the urge to get out and invest the time in weeding. One of the things that I realized recently (after seeing so many people post gardening as exercise) that one of the best ways to both provide healthy meals and to get my exercise in at the same time is to garden. I'm making plans for a garden again this year and also for revamping the flowers around the house too.

I have two children (8 and 15) and a dear husband. I live near all of my in-laws as well as my mom and one of my aunts (who also like to garden).


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Hi - my name is Jen and I live right in downtown Phoenix, AZ.

I am a student of permaculture and started a dryland environmental non-profit that just merged with a Tucson-based non-profit that focuses on water harvesting.

I have an "urban homestead" with organic gardens, rain and greywater harvesting (outdoor shower, sink, laundry redirect, french drains and mulch pits), passive heating/cooling (through use of plants), urban orchard, many compost bins, a propagation house and urban hens (no roosters).

In Phoenix we can grow year 'round with fall/winter/spring being our best seasons. In the summer its mostly melons, okra and eggplants! LOL.

I love gardening - but have found it challenging in a place that only gets 8" of rain a yr! Hence all the water "reuse".

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Hello Liberty Girl,

I live about an hour from Great Falls, in central Montana. I love Montana but it is a hard climate for growing a good garden. I am excited to get a small green house, I think this will extend my growing season and open up more possibilities for my garden. Where do you live now?

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Hi, I'm Beth...I love to garden, always organic! I have a square foot garden which I love & day dream about...it's -11 degrees here (Michigan) right now so dream is the right word...last summer was a stellar year for the garden, 80-90 nearly every day...it was phenomenal...I'm sooo looking forward to summer '11...Take care! Beth

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Where in MOntana do you live? I lived in Great Falls for 7 years...both of my kids were born there. I had a garden one summer (then we moved). It seemed to do okay but it was just a summer garden and we didn't have any bad storms that year.


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Hello, my name is Kelly. I am a wanna-be gardener. I was raised around farming and my Mom was a supremo organic gardener. She raised acres of fresh and wonderful organic produce. I have some pics of her gardens I will have to share sometime. Anyway, I have been trying off and on to have dreamy gardens like my Mom, but I am just not very gifted. I think it is b/c I am not hard-working enough to weed my garden often enough. Plus, where I live is just a lousy climate for gardening. Montana is not the easiest place to raise a great garden. We have a lot of snow and hail...not good for gardens. I re-planted my garden last year 3 times, it was not a happy moment but I told my husband that I would never give up, I was going to eat at least one tomato from that darn garden. Anyway, this year my husband and I are constructing a green house and going to more under ground veggies that won't be destroyed in hail storms. Wish me luck and thanks for starting this cool group for organic gardening. I am excited to learn some new and useful tips!

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