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Hello from San Diego's east county!

Post  RTStone on 8/23/2015, 4:27 pm

Hello everyone!  I'm Randy and also nicknamed RT or Sunshine by some.  My girlfriend and I have a small 2 1/2 acre place down in the valley just a mile northwest of alpine, California.  Here the climate gets hot in the summer and we get frost throughout the winter with temperatures dropping in the 30's and sometimes the upper 20's.   I'm thrilled to join you all at this Square foot Gardening forum.  I've been gardening most all my life, but what's so great about gardening besides the good food and enjoyment you get when successful, is the challenge of having to learn new things every day in order to keep your garden at it's healthiest.  I love the books by the same name and hope to share and learn much from all here.

For starters, I've been working most of the year fencing in the garden area and creating raised beds with lumber we've salvaged from the bridge timbers we're replacing over the creek entrance to the property and also free stacking concrete block.  It's hard work, but hoping it will all pay off over the next ten to fifteen years as I get older and have less ability to work as I do now.

My best girl and gardening partner loves the garden as much as I do, though she leaves the heavy work to me and mostly takes care of the watering and picking.  Kudos to her especially this year early when we had a round with tomato worms, her eagle eyes and fortitude to pick those squishy worms off the vines, told me I couldn't of asked for a better gardening partner. 

I'm going to try and post some pictures of the garden as it's developing and with these first ones here with some of the beds in the building process.  We're installing galvanized wire mesh at the bottom of our beds to help deter gophers, ground squirrels and moles.  The fence is a rail fence with chicken wire secured at the bottom and approximately six feet high.  Most of the posts are in, but still have a job of finishing the rails and wire, so for the time being, using temporary wiring around some of the tomato beds and when planting young seedlings.

Well, I'd better head back out to the yard as I took a day off from church to move strawberries to a more shaded area of the garden and hopefully get my last bed of bush beans planted for a late crop.  Hope I get to know most of you on here and especially those within our same climate zone to share ideas.

Best gardening to you all!  Randy & Ruth

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 8/23/2015, 6:14 pm

Welcome from Ohio, Randy and Ruth! Sounds like you are doing some up front work that will pay off in the long run!
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Post  Marc Iverson on 8/23/2015, 6:29 pm

Welcome Randy and Ruth!

It's always hard for me to picture snow in California, though I know it happens.

Hope you enjoy the forums!
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Post  sanderson on 8/24/2015, 12:36 am

RT and R, Welcome to the Forum from Fresno, CA. glad you\'re here Your winters sound like mine. Great for kale, collard, chard, cabbage, garlic, etc.


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Post  AtlantaMarie on 8/24/2015, 8:28 am

Hi Randy & Ruth.  Welcome from Atlanta, GA!  We're glad you've joined our little party...

We like pictures, answer questions freely, and love to give advice & encouragement.  This is one of the friendliest groups I've ever come across.

There is also a great archive area with lots of hard-won practical information.

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