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Back after a 9-season absence

Post  jgheiser on 3/21/2010, 11:50 pm

After a 9-year adventure in Austria and England, my wife and I have moved back to Vienna, Virginia (near Reston). After renting out our house for almost a decade, I knew that we'd have a lot of work to do indoors, but I wasn't sure how much outdoor work I'd have to do to be productive.

I'm not the world's most serious gardener by any means--indeed, I'm not even sure that I like vegetables. Minor exaggeration--I know that I like heritage tomatoes and fresh limas (growing up on school cafeteria food, who knew that limas actually tasted good, right?).

As discussed in my latest blog post, when I wasn't painting the interior of the house, I was digging non-vegetables out of the garden, and watching a crew of 4 take down the 50' white pines that were shading the garden and what is left of my fruit trees.

Its been in the upper 70s this weekend, so it feels like I'm late, but I did manage to plant most of two 4x4 squares with peas, greens, and radish, and I'm ready to plant more plots soon. I've got seedlings of 6 different tomato varieties from SESE growing in a windowsill. Two new ones for me this year will be potatoes, and lambs lettuce-a very flavorful green that I grew to love in Switzerland (Nuessli in Switzerland, Vogerlsalat in Austria, Feldsalat in Germany--or Rapunzel). Soon after we arrived in the UK, lambs lettuce become a regular item in our Waitrose, and my mom is able to get it in Cleveland, but I haven't found a source here in VA, so all the more reason to grow it.

Biggest issue with my garden is figuring out what to do between the 15 4x4 squares. As you can see in the blog post, the paths between the squares are covered with rectangular concrete pavers, and weeds love the spaces.

Jay
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Re: Back after a 9-season absence

Post  choksaw on 3/22/2010, 12:02 am

welcome back be sure to stop by our new seed exchange forum maybe you can find som eof those vegiies with the sources in there and theres also a new regional forum so you can meet up and chat with people in your region and hardiness zone. you can always let some of those favorits go to seed and gather them for next year and to exchange with others that may be interested

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Post  WardinWake on 3/22/2010, 5:25 am

Jay:

A most happy welcome and return to the U.S. I hope you like the new forum layout. It has many features that the old forum did not and is being updated on a daily basis so be sure and stop in often.

There is one lettuce that you might like to try and it is available through Territorial Seeds and that is 'Durnken Woman Frizzy Headed". Developed in Italy it is a butterhead style of lettuce and bolts later than almost any other lettuce of its type. I have it planted in two different boxes and hope to have a great harvest early.

God Bless, Ward.

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