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Post  reptilegrrl on 8/22/2010, 4:48 am

Hello all, I am new to these forums. I am located in Houston, Texas, where I am lucky enough to garden year-round. I started SFG-ing in 2005, with a 4x4 bed. Next month I'll be moving to a new place where I plan to set aside 200 square feet for SFG! Basically one whole edge of the lot, we're just making a bed that's 2 feet wide and 100 feet long. We may add more later, but that will be a good start, I think.

I look forward to interacting with all of you in the future. I love SFG, it made gardening so effortless for me. I hope that we can grow the majority of our own produce in the new place.

My interests include slow food, urban agriculture, beekeeping, and cooking. I also love eating "wild food" as well as growing edible weeds for my pet turtles.


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Post  Megan on 8/22/2010, 7:11 am

Welcome, reptilegrrl! glad you\'re here

Good luck with your move. The new place sounds fantastic. What are you planning on planting in those 200 square feet?
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Post  WardinWake on 8/22/2010, 8:15 am

@reptilegrrl wrote:Hello all, I am new to these forums. I am located in Houston, Texas, where I am lucky enough to garden year-round. I started SFG-ing in 2005, with a 4x4 bed. Next month I'll be moving to a new place where I plan to set aside 200 square feet for SFG! Basically one whole edge of the lot, we're just making a bed that's 2 feet wide and 100 feet long. We may add more later, but that will be a good start, I think.

I look forward to interacting with all of you in the future. I love SFG, it made gardening so effortless for me. I hope that we can grow the majority of our own produce in the new place.

My interests include slow food, urban agriculture, beekeeping, and cooking. I also love eating "wild food" as well as growing edible weeds for my pet turtles.

Welcome:

Glad to have an experienced SFGer on board. If you can help other folks by answering their questions please do so and if we can help you please ask.

God Bless, Ward and Mary.
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Post  reptilegrrl on 8/22/2010, 8:19 am

Hi Megan! I am hoping the new place is nice... the yard is actually MUCH smaller than I would like, but we are going to put it to as good use as we can. Since the back yard is fenced and has a long driveway, we're just going to use the entire strip between the driveway and the fence as SFG. I expect I will garden in other parts of the yard too, though.

Since we're coming into winter I expect to plant a lot of leafy greens this fall. I love leafy greens and they are for the most part a winter crop here. Swiss chard can take our summer heat, but nothing else really can. I include parsley and cilantro as leafy greens, by the way: parsley is an excellent bitter green, great for including with any other cooking green. Also crops such as broccoli, carrots, etc... all crops which do well in sunshine but not too much heat. I have tried snap peas in winter before without much success, but will try them again, and maybe also some green beans. I've found that if I plant a LARGE plot of leafy greens, I can take a few leaves off of each plant at harvest and end up with a big bunch for cooking... they cook down much smaller in volume.

Thank you for the welcome, Ward & Mary. I consider myself to be always learning, but I am always glad to help out whenever I can Smile

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Re: Hello from Houston

Post  Old Hippie on 8/22/2010, 10:16 am

Nice to have you join us!!! This is a great place to hang out. People are friendly and helpful. This site is ALMOST as addictive as SFG!

With a name like Reptile Girl, I am assuming you have some as pets. You mentioned turtles. Do you have any others?

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Re: Hello from Houston

Post  Garden Angel on 8/22/2010, 8:32 pm

Nice to have you here with us, if you don't mind me asking what is slow food?
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Re: Hello from Houston

Post  reptilegrrl on 8/24/2010, 4:44 am

Old Hippie: Currently, my only reptile pets are two turtles. One is a red-eared slider, the other an Ornate Box Turtle. I had a Colombian Boa Constrictor for 13 years, but she died suddenly in late 2008. I have over the years had various other lizards and turtles, as I did a lot of reptile rescue when I was younger. Now I am looking to add at least one more box turtle to the mix. My OBT would like one gentleman or two ladies to keep him company. I'd prefer a male so I don't have to deal with eggs.

I do love reptiles, though, they are lovely and often mistreated creatures. My turtles are wonderful friends to me.

My other pets are two cats, four degus, and a bunch of pond fish. I'm an animal lover and throughout my life have had pets- horses, cows, goats, a monkey, rodents of various sorts, and yes, reptiles.

Garden Angel: I don't mind you asking at all! Slow Food is a movement aimed at combating fast food and the accompanying "fast life", at maintaining local food traditions, and at making people aware of how our food choices affect us and the world. You can learn more about it at http://www.slowfood.com/ (the international site) or http://www.slowfoodusa.org/ (the US site.)

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