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Gibsonville, NC (Zone 7b)
Region: North Carolina
Jan 9, 2017 8:17 PM CST
I am glad to be here! Even though this is my first day here, I have seen a few names I recognize from another site in the past, so it is great to know that I will be able to meet up with friends again!

A little bit about me:

We moved to NC from TX in August of 2013. We were in an apartment for the first 2 and a half years , but last December we bought a house. This house came with a gardening area - a slightly raised 30' x 30' area surrounded by a cinderblock wall - about 2 blocks high. This gardening area is overgrown with a whole lot of who knows what, and no matter how I pulled weeds, etc. I could not keep up. I even got a tiller from a pawn shop, but it ran so badly, I had to take it in for a new carburetor(?). By the time I got it back, it was so late in summer, I pretty much gave up on this area.

Off to one side of the space, I was able to plant some tomatoes, as well as bell and jalapeno peppers. Also some cucumbers and squash in smaller plots. So, at least I got my "fix" . . . although I would have had more if it weren't for the deer that intrudes into the backyard. Anyway . . .

In the late fall, my son and I got out into that space and over the course of forever, we were able to clear out enough of what was in there to lay down some cardboard over an 8' or 9' x 30' section. I had purchase 10 bags of that black kow compost (I know, not nearly enough, but it was a budget thing), and we also gathered up leaves that fell and put them in that area for composting. I figure each year we will work on another section, so each year we will have more space.

Even though this area is already a bit raised, I am thinking of doing raised boxes inside the area. Now, if only I could find my bell pepper seeds . . .


Name: Amanda
KC metro area, Missouri (Zone 6a)
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Jan 9, 2017 8:26 PM CST
Welcome! Welcome!
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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Jan 9, 2017 8:58 PM CST

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Welcome! It sounds like you'll fit right in here!
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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Jan 9, 2017 9:08 PM CST
Hi Nichole! Welcome!
Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
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Jan 10, 2017 1:05 AM CST

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Welcome! Nichole! hope you explore the site and see all it has to offer and don't hesitate to jump in anywhere or ask questions!
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Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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Jan 10, 2017 1:00 PM CST

Keymaster101 Nicole,

Welcome Welcome!
You might want to raise a few rabbits just for the free manure to supplement the Black Kow.
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Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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Jan 10, 2017 2:06 PM CST
Hi Nichole! I see you have some lovely morning glories as your avatar. If you're interested, we have a forum just for Vines and Climbers, as well as one dedicated to Ipomoeas. Dangerous, tempting places. Smiling
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Gibsonville, NC (Zone 7b)
Region: North Carolina
Jan 10, 2017 8:26 PM CST
greene said:
Keymaster101 Nicole,

Welcome Welcome!
You might want to raise a few rabbits just for the free manure to supplement the Black Kow.

I would really like to try chickens! It would be a win-win! Breakfast, and fertilizer!
Name: ursula
Chile (Zone 9b)
Jan 11, 2017 12:18 AM CST
Welcome! to NGA, Nicole! Welcome!

I'm sure you even enjoy winter, planning your new garden!
Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

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Jan 26, 2017 7:06 PM CST
Welcome! from me too Nichole! It sounds like you are getting a great start on spring gardening! Thumbs up
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