I have been buildinig my gardens since 1971, yes i'm old..and basically I have no one to talk to that has similar interests to mine.
I'm not sure IF I have found the right place or not, basically I want a back and forth talking type forum where I can make friends that have my interests, and offer help and ask questions, on a daily basis.
Is this the right place and if not would one of you direct me to it, please..thanks..Bre
Oh I'm from North Central Michigan ..and it is a difficult place to garden, but I would never leave it for the world, I LOVE my garfdens !
There's quite a bit of back-and-forth here, but only you will know if it is what you're looking for.
It sounds like you have a lot of experience and knowledge that the rest of us can use, so I hope you stick around.
I will stick around ..a forum that cares about the same values I do is a really strong pull to me.
I'm sure Michigan poses some challenges that we could all glean insight from. How long is your conventional growing season ?
I have a small greenhouse and a couple of cold frames and buy the coldest hardy plants that i can come by..I'm in zone 4b, however, i plant plants from zone 5 with some good success and occasionally I'll try a zone 6 plant..just ordered a couple zone 6 plants this year..will try to find a microclimate that they'll fit into
.just ordered a couple zone 6 plants this year..will try to find a microclimate that they'll fit into
we have more of the opposite problems down here in oklahoma, I try to find micro climates to grow cool weather vegies, some years it goes from freezing to bloody hot so fast that the cool loving vegies burn up before they get going
rocks are great for retaining heat around particular plants giving me just enough head start that they have time to mature.
I did have some fortunate "accidents" a few years ago.. In 2002 we had a house fire and lost our huge old Victorian farmhouse..when we put in our new home we moved it so that the front of the new home is 40' north of where the rear of our old home was..and because we have quite wet lands, we had to have our new home raised up 4' from the ground level..we had a kinda damp area in our field, so we had the contractor dig out the sand and muck off of the 5' + deep of clay to use as fill around the new foundation of our home, which is very fertile..(the hole in the field now is a pond that only dries up in really really dry summers).
After I moved my plants and some new plants in around the house..I found that plants that always did really poorly here were growing like crazy..i guess not only the fertile soil..but the raising up of the soil levels..and the sun reflecting off of the house and windblocking..all combined to give me a warmer microclimate..we are generally zone 4b here..but i'm pushing the envelope now having been 6 years in the new house and finding surprises every year of things that grow here that never would before.
so, would you like me to send you some snow
I'll trade you snow storms for ice storms?
it is encouraging to hear your continuing success stories, I had all but given up on some cool season things, I should just keep experimenting though! I seem to manage cabbage and carrots alright most years. my lettuce is always bitter, but it seems that by the time its big enough to harvest it is starting to get hot (spring)or we start getting frosts (fall) so i figured that is why.
I'm going to move my greenhouse this year to a different area where it will get more shade and have better soil..and i'm going to try planting lettuce seeds in there in September to see if i can get crops in fall and winter..if it works i'll put in a few seeds every week or two..I LOVE SALADS
even here in Michigan lettuce can get tricky.............over 90 quite often in the spring and summer and we get some crazy severe droughts here at times too.
I'm going to move my greenhouse this year to a different area where it will get more shade and have better soil..and I'm going to try planting lettuce seeds in there in September to see if i can get crops in fall and winter..if it works I'll put in a few seeds every week or two..I LOVE SALADS
We have had 2 good summers with Cook's Garden's Heat Wave Blend. I gets to 98 frequently here
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