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Hello From Beautiful Central Texas!

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Hello From Beautiful Central Texas!

Post  lillianb59 on 3/19/2010, 9:25 pm

Well, SPRING is here in Central Texas... I think? Ha ha! I'm hoping we don't have any more freezing temperatures because I just climbed up and put all my row covers in the attic in my pottery studio. I'm also SO anxious to get all the tomato plants that I have hanging out in the studio (waiting until temps at night are above 50 degrees) PLANTED! I was so excited to see blossoms on the tomatoes this morning...

OK, a little about me... I built my SFGs (six 4' x 4' gardens) about this time last year and fell in love with the concept. I'm a technical writer and I've spent the last 27 years working in the automotive industry (not so environmentally friendly?). Mel's simple, organized, compact, high-efficiency form of gardening REALLY spoke to me! When I discovered SFG, it seemed like a way that I could give back to the community and to the environment and I decided that I would really love to be able to teach others about this amazing, easy, fun form of gardening! I sent away for the correspondence course and finally got everything submitted a few weeks ago. I can't wait to get my certification! I have to believe that, if I can produce a harvest this amazing (yes, I've killed every houseplant I've ever had - don't tell anyone!), ANYONE can do this! I regularly bring in the most delicious produce from my backyard and I feel so gobsmacked! When I was growing up in El Paso, Texas, I watched my parents struggle to grow a few beloved plants in the hard-packed dirt and this seems so EASY compared to that! I get so much more harvest with so much less effort!
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Howdy and welcome

Post  SirTravers on 3/19/2010, 9:31 pm

Welcome to the group! Yeah we've been told that spring has hit down there in Hill Country. We're still at the stage of protecting from frost at night up here in my neck of the woods...Do mesquite forrests really count as bein in the woods? hehe.
Seriously though come on in and join the fun. There's quite a few Texans here from all over the state so there's plenty of folks with the same weather and such. Have fun!

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Re: Hello From Beautiful Central Texas!

Post  timwardell on 3/19/2010, 9:54 pm

Welcome to the forum. I'm in Frisco (north of Dallas). Glad to hear things are warm in the hill country. Temps in Dallas hit 70 today, but will be 40 tomorrow and might hit freezing Saturday & Sunday night. <sigh> I HAD to pull out my row covers this afternoon! <argh>

I too will be doing the correspondence course as I have become a believer. Here's hoping that Texas weather cooperates with us just a bit.
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Just When I Said It Was Spring...

Post  lillianb59 on 3/20/2010, 11:14 am

Hi guys! Well, Hill Country weather fooled me again! Ha ha! Good thing I practiced self control and didn't put my tomato plants out yet. They're hanging out in my pottery studio, growing big, strong roots, waiting until nightly temps are above 50 degrees. So far, it looks like it's not going to be quite at freezing tonight and tomorrow night. I'm keeping my fingers crossed! (I really, really, really don't want to have to climb back up into the attic in my studio and drag all the row covers down and put them on again! It's really windy here today, so it would be like herding sails!)

Glad to hear you're going to take the course, Tim! The hardest part for me was making a video of myself teaching. I don't have a video camera and I ended up doing it with my iPhone! It came out OK, I think.

Have a great day!

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Post  colesonsmom on 3/20/2010, 11:54 am

Welcome Lillian! I am here in South Texas (Agua Dulce...SE of Corpus Christi). I am new to SFG....I am still constructing my boxes...if this weather will cooperate! We just had the front blow in and boy is it raining! I look forward to seeing more posts from you on the forum and getting to know you better!

~Rhonda

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Howdy, Rhonda!

Post  lillianb59 on 3/21/2010, 12:54 am

SFG is great! I'm so glad you've joined the ranks! The cold and rain arrived here this morning, too. I'm taking a chance that the weather report is right and we're not going to get to freezing tonight and leaving the row covers neatly folded up in my studio attic. I hope I'm not regretting anything tomorrow morning! Ha ha!

This is the first year I've tried starting some of my seeds indoors to hasten my harvest. I have a bunch of paper egg cartons that I saved over the winter. So far, so good. It's interesting to see what sprouted and what fizzled. It makes me more aware of how important a germination test can be, especially when I'm saving packets of seeds in my fridge from year to year. I have some new seed packets with only a 1 or 2 in 6 germination rate. Interesting...

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Re: Hello From Beautiful Central Texas!

Post  Lavender Debs on 3/21/2010, 9:56 am

Hey Ronda I am from a far away and distant planet but I had to send a hi'ya from the other Washington just to tell you how much I enjoy reading you.

Deborah ....hoping the row cover can spend the rest of the year sleeping in the attic
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