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cameron johnson
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Location: Prattville, Alabama, zone 8, 328ft
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looking for people to start a conversation on our crazy weather and how we deal with it , the swarms of stinkbugs, the insane combo of heat and high humidity, no summer rain and everything else we put up with in the deep south.
 
cameron johnson
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Location: Prattville, Alabama, zone 8, 328ft
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One of the things I am thinking about doing next year is planting my garden twice, once in early spring and then plant a second time when its about time for the summer heat to break and planting the fastest maturing heirlooms I can get my hands on. It just seems that nothing can handle 100+ degrees with 80% humidity and the fact we can go two weeks or more without rain. No matter how much I water my garden everything just stops producing not to mention that while the plants are stressed the stinkbugs move in by the thousands and finish sucking the life out of everything, so I think I should just skip this time of year. Does this sound reasonable or am I looking at this the wrong way.
 
cameron johnson
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Location: Prattville, Alabama, zone 8, 328ft
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Jay Grace
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Location: Nauvoo, AL
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Howdy I'm up in Jasper, Alabama.
(About 40min North of Birmingham up hwy7
Planting two summer crops a year is what a lot of people do here. The second crop though is mainly fast growing stuff. Yellow squash, zucchini, and some beans.
I leave corn out just because I don't grow it.
The second garden of the summer is usually smaller to leave room to plant the fall greens.


 
Yvonne Jackson
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Location: Nauvoo, AL; Zone 7B
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Moving to northern AL in the next couple of months. Originally from birmingham, and have lived in Talladega. Interested in meeting some bama permies. buyin a small piece of land and hope to hit the ground running with observing and planning plantings. Would love to talk to folks who are already investigating plants communities for the north alabama climate.
 
Jay Grace
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Location: Nauvoo, AL
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Howdy.
Muscadines, muscadines, muscadines!!
We are a little to cold for citrus and a little to warm for gooseberries and raspberries.
Everything else is basically fair game.
If you want consistent apples you'll need to find varieties with low chill hours -400hrs.

Other stuff off the top of my head. Hardy kiwi, american/Asian persimmons, paw paw, Chinese chestnuts, quince, pomegranates, hickory nuts, hazel nuts, chinquapin nuts, all sorts of pears Asian/European, pecan, black walnut, cornelian dogwood, kousa dogwood, goumi berries, asparagus, goji berries, sea berries, camellia sinensis, maypop, figs, blackberries, che, blueberries, all sorts of herbs and pineapple guava

Any other questions just feel free to ask.
 
Yvonne Jackson
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Location: Nauvoo, AL; Zone 7B
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Thanks for the reply. Was already thinking about hickory trees. Fond childhood memories of harvesting and after, after much smashing with rocks, eating this nut that grew wild in a stand of woods near our home. Also remember muscadines and hVe heard many recommendations for hardy kiwi. P
 
Diana Fowler
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I am in Cullman and need help with designing and placement of things. Anyone nearby?
 
Aaron Chase
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Hello all. I'm in the Birmingham area. I just moved here from Colorado back in April. I'm still observing, trying to get a feel for the area. I've been trying to learn all things permaculture for about three years now. I would be happy to help any folks in the area.
 
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