Member for4 months 2 weeks
I've been a backyard gardener for 40 plus years. Aside from the veggie patch and flower beds, I have an interest in edible landscapes, perennial vegetables and herbs. We currently have 3 beehives. I work in the tech field - the garden is a refuge. I look forward to volunteering.
Favorite Crops & Least Favorite Crops
I like almost all crops. Crop success varies by year, but most things grow well. Exceptions are eggplant, brussels sprouts, some large onion varieties. I have a difficult time harvesting hazelnuts and cherries before the wildlife.
Big backyard (2501 - 10,000 sq. ft)
Will test the soil if details are necessary. The web soil survey says the tillable area is Frenchtown silt loam, 0 to 3 percent slopes. The nearby wooded area near the creek is Holly silt loam.(floods) We'd like to plant the newly purchased property next door and the last time it was plowed and planted was 4 years ago. It is actually 3 acres but I think it would be overwhelming to try to plant it all at the present time. The farmers in the area have rented it in the past and have asked to rent it from us. Considering that they will use roundup ready crops we decline the requests. We prefer to keep it fallow for our bees (lots of clover and wildflowers) or plant crops. Last year we moved jerusalem artichokes to an area in the field. I can also find room for projects in our flowerbeds and veggie garden areas which have had no chemical pesticides for the last 10 years. Our yard is partial sun though and the field is a better place for plants requiring full sun.
Neighbors' Crops (within 1/4 mile)
soybeans and corn in alternate years.
Neighbors' crops (within 1 mile)
same - most neighbors within a mile have veggie gardens. We live in Amish country.
Other relevant information
Yes, we have deer and groundhogs in the area and chipmunks