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Self employed professional nearing sixty who loves to be outside. Semi-retired but involved in a number of varied businesses. Part time gardener with 35 acres north of Denver. Was an avid gardener as a teenager and have been off and on over the years depending on the demands of my career. I have lived all over the country and grown everything from stone fruits and berries to citrus and nuts. Even Avocados in Houston - although not too successfully. I have a ranch east of Houston and one outside of Paso Robles, so very different climate zones. Now nearing retirement and starting to get involved again in gardening.
Favorite Crops & Least Favorite Crops
Most interested in food items and perennial flowers. Very interested in plant genetics. Mulberries, persimmons and citrus are some of my favorite trees. Inherited two Chinkapin Chestnuts with my CO ranchette and am interested in growing more. Would like to establish chestnuts at my East Texas ranch for deer/hogs and possibly an orchard (I have a handful of chinese chestnuts seedlings there now). Started 4 bee hives this spring, one at the ranchette and three in the mountains near Lyons, CO. Wildlife plantings and wildflowers are my newest interest. Need to learn how to graft. There are hundreds of wild pecans and persimmons at the TX ranch and I'd love to graft improved varieties on them. Also want to grow dwarfed sweet cherries under cover to protect from late freezes and birds.
Really big field (5+ acres)
Typical front range plains soil. Clayey with lots of bentonite. However, I have dozens of raised beds and improved areas. Hoping to put in extensive greenhouses but subject to strict Boulder County zoning. Also willing to establish plantings in Liberty, Tx where I have over 1700 acres, very wet and wooded.
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Feed corn, hay and generally animal feed crops
Neighbors' crops (within 1 mile)
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Will take occasional 1 to 2 week vacations.