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Apr 15, 2018 9:27 PM CST
Name: Chris
Hermann, MO (Zone 6a)
I'm so glad I stumbled upon this site! Looks to be very active with many knowledgable folks. To introduce myself: my husband and I are retired, and live on a hill overlooking the Missouri River. I have lots of hobbies and interests, but my top 3 are gardening, home improvement, and dogs. I have houseplants, a vegetable garden, and ornamental plants. I always say my next house will have plenty of sun, but somehow, I usually end up with lots of shade, including our current home. My yard has a wooded north facing slope. It was overrun with invasive plants when we moved here about 4 years ago. My husband has been doing a great job of getting rid of poison ivy, honey suckle, olive, as well as excessive black locust, box elder, and slippery elm. We also have to deal with serious erosion issues. We've already installed a dry creek bed, rainbarrels, and other run-off and drainage management, but are still working on this, and learning as we go. I'm picturing a woodland path cutting across the hillside. This is the home we bought for our retirement. We hope to stay here forever, so we have plenty of time to slowly implement our vision! I've always grown herbs and a few veggies wherever I could tuck them in. Often edible landscaping in the front, as that's where I had sun. Now, I finally have a good size veggie garden, but had much bigger insect problems last year than I've ever had before. I garden almost entirely organically (we use Glyphosate to kill poison ivy and other aggressive plants we're trying to eradicate). I'm also interested in discussions about critter problems, as this is the first time I've lived where we have a lot of wildlife that browse the yard. Taught my yellow lab the word "critters", and he knows that means go run in the yard and chase them off. However, he's a goofball, and while very enthusiastic about this new job, half the time runs in the wrong direction, never having seen the deer, ground hog, or other critter that I sent him after. D'Oh! Well, at least they usually run off anyway, so it still works! Thumbs up To sum up: lots of different gardening topics of interest to me, or where I can use all the advice I can get, so I'll post more in the specific threads after I read some more and catch up on what's already been said.
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Apr 15, 2018 9:31 PM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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Welcome to the site!
As Yogi Berra said, “It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
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Apr 16, 2018 11:07 AM CST
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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Apr 17, 2018 6:32 PM CST
Name: Amanda
KC metro area, Missouri (Zone 6a)
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Welcome! Welcome! from the other side of the state!! I hope one day to visit Hermann. I've heard it's gorgeous!!
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Apr 17, 2018 7:36 PM CST
Name: Chris
Hermann, MO (Zone 6a)
Thanks, Amanda! It is pretty. Bought here to retire because it has a hospital and Amtrak station in this small town, and because I have family in St Louis/St Charles as well as Lake of the Ozarks, so it was a central location. Couldn't have picked a better spot! Lot's of retirees and lots of fun things to do. Big Grin

I hear KC is pretty cool, too! DH and I may take a trip there on Amtrak. Lots of great energy there.
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May 16, 2018 7:29 AM CST
Tampa, Florida
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