Full Name
Jesse Sherer
Member for
3 months 1 week
Volunteer Background
I've been gardening for over 20 years, currently into permaculture, regenerative ag, and that sort of thing. Chinese and Indian medicinal herbs, forest gardening, and Biodynamic French Intensive (Alan Chadwick) are some of the focuses I've had where I am over the last few years. Sort of just been finding my groove.
Favorite Crops & Least Favorite Crops
Where I am I've been able to grow in two rather different climate zones at my two gardens. At home near the coast I'm pretty much unable to do almost any of the "normal" summer crops, but instead I can do a lot of unusual plants very well like medicinal herbs. My inland garden is much warmer (average of 10 degrees at pretty much all times except cold spells in winter) and I can do a lot more. Cold nights in both places limits my options for many classic crops like tomatoes and melons which need warm nights which we only get in our 'Indian Summer' in Sept, Oct. Asian fall greens like bok choi (any of the B. rapa) do really well; anything needing a cool, yin climate does well for me.
Growing Experience
Growing food
Starting seeds
Growing perennials
Time Commitment
2-5 hrs
Growing Location
Space Available
Kitchen-garden's worth (41 to 100 sq. ft)
Soil Details
Both locations have clayey soils, depleted of calcium with high levels of magnesium. The coastal garden is going to be more depleted than the inland, though I make efforts to lime both of them.
Soil Type
Neighbors' Crops (within 1/4 mile)
Squash, cannabis, brassicas (principally B. oleracea), grapes, lettuce, spinach, Beta, etc.
Possible GMOs in the neighborhood...
Shouldn't be any - we have a county wide ban in effect.
Other relevant information
My coastal garden areas can have powdery mildew issues for affected crops. Good horticulture and siting can mitigate most of it, as well as good varieties. Deer abound at the coastal site, though I have the ability to have access to some fenced areas. Gophers all around - legend has it they drove the Russians from the area when they tried to make a small settlement.