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Post  zapepper on Fri Feb 25, 2011 9:07 pm

Hi,
My wife and I are ex-pats in Guadalajara Mexico. As we are getting a little older, we are planning to move back to the states and settle around Northern Arkansas. We are retired military, and I've done some raised bed gardening around the US. Going whole hog for the SFG technique when we get back to the "world".

We'll be here for another year or so, and if anyone has any questions about relocation or livibng here, I can try to answer them.

We are the only Americans in our neighborhood, and we like it that way. There are foreign communities here (we are the foreigners), but they tend to be a little more expensive.

Doc

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Post  Furbalsmom on Fri Feb 25, 2011 9:19 pm

Doc

We are really glad you are getting ready to go "Whole Hog" for SFG when you get to Arkansas. Can you do any gardening while you are there in Guadalajara? Even one 4X4 bed would give you some fresh veggies for your table.

Keep in touch and let us know how your move and your gardening progresses.
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Post  FarmerValerie on Sat Feb 26, 2011 10:55 am

Let me say HOWDY from Texas, and a Military family. I have a son in the AR Army National Guard, who has done one tour in Irac and is preparing for a tour in Afghanistan soon. Thank you for your service, enjoy your retirement, and Happy Gardening, may you truly have Victory in your Garden!!!! HOOAH.
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Post  zapepper on Sat Feb 26, 2011 12:22 pm

Thanks for the welcome!!

The price of produce here is substantially lower than in the states, and I have a patio full of plants! The sun exposure for vegetables is not good in the house where I live. Imagine not being able to grow a chili pepper in this part of Mexico! However my carnivorous plants are thriving, I have a grapevine growing in a container, and am able to keep what would be considered "hobby" plants alive.

Planting media, when available, comes from the states, therefore is twice as expensive here. The only vermiculite I could find was the stuff in the little bags. Peat Moss is available, but is about $40.00 a bale. Commercial compost is nonexistent, but you can buy mulch from the nurseries. No room to build a compost bin.

It's kind of funny, because we grow a lot of stuff well from September to April. When the rainy season hits, from April to August, we have to shelter our plants so they don't flood out. The only beneficiaries seem to be the carnivores.

I am looking forward to getting back and growing a SFG. I will have the time to acquire the materials, build the frames, and get everything in in time for a fall crop.

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Doc

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