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Hello from the Cumberland Plateau in TN!

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Hello from the Cumberland Plateau in TN!

Post  sqft_gardener on 2/11/2012, 9:53 am

Hello All! This will be my 3rd year of square foot gardening, but my first in Tennessee. We moved here last spring from southern New England, and was interested (and a bit dismayed) to find that we moved 1000 miles south, only to land in the same hardiness zone we were in before! However we are loving Tennessee (well, not today's snow, LOL), and are so happy to now be living here full time!

I am looking forward to getting started with the growing season, and look forward to learning from other Tennessee gardeners, but I cannot tell which regional forum I should be referring to...upper or middle south? To the best of my knowledge, I am in zone 6b. Any help would be appreciated.

I am also looking forward to learning from you all, as I am still very much a beginner, so thank you in advance!
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Re: Hello from the Cumberland Plateau in TN!

Post  dixie on 2/11/2012, 10:05 am

Welcome Carolyn! Where on the Plateau are you? I am only an hour away from Crossville close to Dayton, Zone 7A. I think you would be 6B since you are a bit cooler than us, but you can put in your zip code here USDA hardiness zone and get your zone.

Welcome to wonderful Tennessee and to the forum.
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Post  sqft_gardener on 2/11/2012, 10:25 am

Good morning, Dixie!

Yes, I am in zone 6b in Crossville...I was hoping to upgrade to 7a when we moved here, but no such luck, LOL! Is Dayton also on the plateau? It's funny, but we seem to be located in an area of the state that no one is sure about...we've been described as being East TN, Middle TN, Western Eastern TN, "the dreaded plateau", "the rock", and we are so close to the time zone line I keep forgetting to leave extra early for appointments in Knoxville, LOL!

Anyway, we are loving TN...what a beautiful state, and a slower pace of life than we had in New England...retirement of course helps with that...I am looking forward to learning from folks like you about gardening in the south. We may be in the same hardiness zone, but last summer was warmer and drier than what we are used to, and I was introduced to the squash vine borer when I planted some veggies in containers before we built our sfg. So this coming summer will be an interesting adventure!

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Re: Hello from the Cumberland Plateau in TN!

Post  dixie on 2/11/2012, 10:33 am

I live exactly one hour from Crossville. When I had my jewelry in a gift shop in Crossville I would leave home at 3, get in Crossville at 3. For Dayton, you go down the mountain on US68 to US27 (Spring City), Dayton is a few miles to the south. In July they have the Scope's "Monkey Trial" re-enactment at the original courthouse. I'm in Birchwood, which is across the river from Dayton.

Glad to hear you are enjoying your area.
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Re: Hello from the Cumberland Plateau in TN!

Post  sqft_gardener on 2/11/2012, 10:47 am

I remember Birchwood...I was there last winter when they had the viewing of the sandhill cranes at the wildlife refuge, which was interesting. I'd love to kayak through there!
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Re: Hello from the Cumberland Plateau in TN!

Post  Furbalsmom on 2/11/2012, 12:28 pm

sgft_gardener, nice to have an experienced SFG join us. Hope you enjoy your new home and garden.

I think you will fiund that the zone is less important than your first and last frost dates. The USDA zones are really about how cool/cold it gets in the winter and more usefull when planning your perennials, rather than spring, summer and fall crops.

Of course there are a few perennials in the SFG such as strawberries, asparagus and artichokes.

Again, Welcome and we look forward to hearing about your new SFG.

Sorry I can't help you with your region, but there is no reason you can't follow more than one.
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Re: Hello from the Cumberland Plateau in TN!

Post  Mamachibi on 2/11/2012, 4:21 pm

The thing you might notice about Crossville is that there are a LOT of microclimates, depending on where you are situated. You could end up being more like a 7a.

Oh, and you might have almost NO spring. Normal "spring" is about ten days between the last freezing night and the first day in the 90s. This year, you've almost already missed spring. It started in December!
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Re: Hello from the Cumberland Plateau in TN!

Post  lturner on 2/11/2012, 4:46 pm

Welcome Welcome! I live close to Knoxville, but I have family in Crossville! I am brand new to SFG, but I look forward to hearing about your success!
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Re: Hello from the Cumberland Plateau in TN!

Post  sqft_gardener on 2/11/2012, 9:28 pm

Mamachibi...I absolutely love the mild Tennessee winter....until today, LOL...it didn't get any higher than 22 degrees here...so to keep my sanity I start broccoli and parsley seeds indoors.
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Re: Hello from the Cumberland Plateau in TN!

Post  Mamachibi on 2/12/2012, 12:16 pm

Yeah, we had snow flurries (nothing stuck) for only the second time this year. Last year we had FEET of snow. It's not USDA zone-friendly here at all.
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