Laura F

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Full Name
Laura F
Member for
1 year 5 months
Volunteer Background
I work full time and garden/farm as a hobby. I live on 40 acres, mostly wooded and hilly. Six acres are cleared and under cultivation. My main focus is perennial food plants. I am growing Jerusalem artichokes, yucca, prickly pear cactus, blueberries, strawberries, apples, pears, persimmons, jujubes, figs, red mulberries and Chinese chestnuts. I try to add something new and interesting every year.
Favorite Crops & Least Favorite Crops
What grows well for me: All of the above perennials, plus peas, leafy greens, beans, onions, potatoes.

What does not grow well for me: Corn, cucumbers
Growing Experience
Growing food
Starting seeds
Growing perennials
Time Commitment
2-5 hrs
Growing Location
Space Available
Small field (10,001 sq. ft. - 1 acre)
Soil Details
Buckingham County, Virginia
23B—Littlejoe silt loam, 2 to 7 percent slopes
Map Unit Setting
National map unit symbol: 2p715
Mean annual precipitation: 35 to 46 inches
Mean annual air temperature: 43 to 68 degrees F
Frost-free period: 156 to 189 days
Farmland classification: All areas are prime farmland
Map Unit Composition
Littlejoe and similar soils: 75 percent
Estimates are based on observations, descriptions, and transects of the mapunit.
Description of Littlejoe
Landform: Hillslopes
Landform position (two-dimensional): Shoulder, summit
Landform position (three-dimensional): Interfluve
Down-slope shape: Convex
Across-slope shape: Convex
Parent material: Residuum weathered from phyllite and/or sericite schist
Typical profile
H1 - 0 to 5 inches: silt loam
H2 - 5 to 38 inches: clay
H3 - 38 to 56 inches: silt loam
H4 - 56 to 66 inches: bedrock
Properties and qualities
Slope: 2 to 7 percent
Depth to restrictive feature: 40 to 60 inches to paralithic bedrock
Natural drainage class: Well drained
Runoff class: Medium
Capacity of the most limiting layer to transmit water (Ksat): Very low to high (0.00 to 1.98 in/hr)
Depth to water table: More than 80 inches
Frequency of flooding: None
Frequency of ponding: None
Available water storage in profile: High (about 9.6 inches)
Interpretive groups
Land capability classification (irrigated): None specified
Land capability classification (nonirrigated): 2e
Hydrologic Soil Group: B
Hydric soil rating: No
Soil Type
Neighbors' Crops (within 1/4 mile)
My neighbor belongs to an agricultural coop which plants his fields - the field nearest me is maybe 400 feet away at the closest point. Hay is a common crop, also field corn and soybeans. They rotate.
Neighbors' crops (within 1 mile)
Mostly hay, some field corn and soybeans. There are a few family gardens with all the usual garden vegetables - tomatoes, squash, beans, etc.
Possible GMOs in the neighborhood...
I don't know any details about any GMOs. This is beef cattle country, so most farmland is for cattle, or for hay to feed them. Large portions of land are wooded.
Other relevant information
European corn borers and squash bugs are problematic.

There are lots of wild animals on the property - deer, groundhogs, rabbits, squirrels, birds. I try to grow extra everything in case I have losses. There is plenty of room.