mikelabboud

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Full Name
Mike Abboud
Member for
1 year 5 months
Mailing Address

200 Governor drive
Wallingford, PA 19086
United States

Volunteer Background
I am a graduated horticulture student with a specialization in commercial crop production from Delaware Valley University. I have roughly 6 years of professional experience and almost 10 years of casual gardening experience. I've worked in several arboretums including Longwood Gardens. I've also worked on my schools farm and greenhouse for 4 years. I have a passion and insatiable thirst to grow whatever I find interesting, whether it be avocados from seed or an esoteric nightshade I deeply enjoy growing it. I have a massive collection of plants I care for and I grow outside from spring to fall.
Favorite Crops & Least Favorite Crops
I like to grow crops with interesting properties, whether its appearance or taste.
Most crops grow well for me so long as it fits within the growing season.
I would prefer to stay away from anything that takes too much space like melons or squash and also corn due to bird pressure.
Growing Experience
Growing food
Starting seeds
Growing perennials
Hand pollination
Seed-saving
Time Commitment
Over 10 hrs
Growing Location
Space Available
A bed or two (11-40 sq. ft)
Soil Details
I have a range of different soils due to growing in several different beds. The main garden is a fertile loam soil. The side bed has is partially loam with fragments of silicate clay. The flower is a fertile loamy soil that has some silt in it. The pH around my area is 6-7.
Neighbors' Crops (within 1/4 mile)
Typical garden crops: solanaceous , cucucurbrits, brassicas
Neighbors' crops (within 1 mile)
solanaceous , cucucurbrits, brassicas
Possible GMOs in the neighborhood...
Details
I live in the suburbs so there are no farms growing massive amounts of GMO crops.
Other relevant information
In the spring and fall I run into minor slug damage and an obnoxious amount of chipmunk, field mice, and squirrel damage; commonly digging up smaller plants.