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Full Name
Shell Bailey
Member for
1 year 5 months
Volunteer Background
I'm a homesteader and working towards being a small-scale market gardener, currently growing mixed vegetables 1/8 of an acre outside of Pittsburgh, PA. Not certified organic, but I grow following organic standards as much as possible, without pesticides or fungicides. I use a minimum-till system with a 3-4 year crop rotation, including cover crops.
Favorite Crops & Least Favorite Crops
I love odd varieties of any vegetables. Favorites to grow are heirloom tomatoes, fingerling potatoes, sweet peas, and bean varieties. Cucumbers are problematic due to aggressive downy mildew.
Growing Experience
Growing food
Starting seeds
Growing perennials
Time Commitment
0-2 hours
Growing Location
Space Available
Kitchen-garden's worth (41 to 100 sq. ft)
Soil Details
Wharton silt loam
Soil Type
Growing Location Descriptors
Neighbors' Crops (within 1/4 mile)
corn, soy beans
Possible GMOs in the neighborhood...
Other relevant information
Growing in a new space for 2018 so still learning the challenges of the new location. Deer pressure may be an issue. Downy mildew has historically been very aggressive in the area.

I do live off-site from the growing location; will be on site three-four times a week during the 2018 growing season, but will not be able to be onsite every day.