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Full Name
Paul Platt
Member for
2 months 3 weeks
Volunteer Background
Experienced gardener. Originally from NJ, now in N. Idaho at roughly 2800 elevation. I have grown annuals, perennials and trees in Hawaii, PNW, NJ and now inland NW. While in NJ, helped with the Chestnut Society on identifying and collecting hand pollinated nuts for back crossing. Have a permaculture background since "96", design course "99". Currently growing heirloom and OP garden crops and various perrenials. Special focus at this time, growing a NJ native cactus (opuntia humifusa), (dioscorea batata) and goumi (eleagnus) collected from a monestery in Oregon, among other things. Looking to regrow Eastern native maypop.
Favorite Crops & Least Favorite Crops
I grow all things well.
Growing Experience
Growing food
Starting seeds
Growing perennials
Time Commitment
2-5 hrs
Growing Location
Space Available
A bed or two (11-40 sq. ft)
Soil Details
Gravelly suburban soil deposited by the ancient lake Missoula deposits over laid by house excavation soils. In process of gardening and soil re-vivication through compost and green manures. Previous sole owner did same to lesser degree.
Soil Type
Neighbors' Crops (within 1/4 mile)
Hay, home orchards, typical garden crops
Neighbors' crops (within 1 mile)
Same as above
Possible GMOs in the neighborhood...
Two miles away, likely GMO crops on the prairie.
Other relevant information
Dry continental climate. Short fickle spring, dry summer. Irrigated. Experienced Gardener.
Grafting, propagation