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Greetings from the Central Savannah River Area~

My wife and I and our two boys live on a suburban 1/3 acre with about 200 square feet of raised garden beds, 5 chickens and a rabbit. We also have blueberries, strawberries and a plum tree (which I have yet to tame.) We catch a sizable amount of rainwater and we compost or kitchen scraps. I also like to experiment in the cook pot, so to speak too. This is not our " forever home" so we're reluctant to get involved with much more at this time.

I spend a great deal of time out "in the woods" for work and enjoy foraging for plums, muscadines, persimmons, onion and other various berries, I've been know to pick up the odd stone or crystal too at times as well and I'm a seed-saver.

My goal here is to listen a lot, speak only when necessary and learn as much as I can while stimulating my imagination for times to come. Thank you all!

Cheers!

James
 
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Howdy James, welcome to permies!
My wife and I took a vacation to Savannah last summer, what a beautiful area!
You will have to check out some of the seed saver exchanges here at permies!
 
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Welcome to Permies James!

Can you clue me in on where to find plums? I'm on a quest to find scion material to graft onto my plum trees. And if you need any Egyptian walking onions, just say the word, I have lots to give away.
 
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98% of my foraging I do on Base in the training areas. If you have access or a free afternoon, I can walk/drive you straight to them. Also, Hawberries are in abundance most places I walk/work.

Something peculiar I noticed; I live in zone 7b and the base seems to be a whole different world, in zone 8a with Gordon Highway being the border.
 
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James Yeoman wrote:
Something peculiar I noticed; I live in zone 7b and the base seems to be a whole different world, in zone 8a with Gordon Highway being the border.



Oh no, climate change is soon to make the CSRA into a 9a zone. This last winter might have been 8a, like it was years ago, but the 2012-13 winter it only got down to 21F, which qualifies for a 9a zone. Another indicator is the presence of fruit on loquat trees. Loquats need a 9a winter or warmer to successfully bear fruit, and last year I was able to find trees in a couple of locations that were bearing.

But I agree that this is a transition area. The "fall line" isn't a sharp line like the center stripe of Gordon Highway, but a few miles north of it is a whole different world than significantly south of it (where I am). Send me PM the next time you plan on foraging, I'd like to tag along.
 
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