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I have a BS in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and have both research and clinical lab experience. I currently work part time in a biochemical genetics clinical lab. At home, I own a soap and cosmetics company, craft using various skills, and garden. We have 3.5 acres in rural Mebane, NC, most of which is full or part shade. I have set up several full sun and part shade beds on different parts of the property. The main garden is a fenced 30'x40' full sun area and is primarily used to grow vegetables and gourds during the summer. There are also blueberries, blackberries, plums, apples, crabapples, kiwi, mulberries, hazelnuts, figs, and chickens on our property. There are several other beds and planned beds where other crops could be grown. In my "free time," I experiment with plant propagation, companion planting, support structures, and I'm about to start playing with grains, including rice. There is a small stream on the property that has water 85% of the year.
Favorite Crops & Least Favorite Crops
I've recently fallen in love with the vigor and absurdity of gourds. It seems like no matter how much I screw up (sometimes intentionally to see how hearty they are, sometimes unintentionally like leaving the fan on and letting the seedlings dry out and wilt) they simply will persevere and give me more gourds than I know what to do with. I also love growing herbs. I've had a hard time growing brassicas and it seems to be a combination of timing, climate, and pests.
Small lot (101 - 400 sq. ft)
Mixed clay, but I've worked with many areas to increase the organic content of the soil. Based on the vegetation that grows naturally, most of the soil seems to be fairly fertile. Several areas stay fairly wet, but the land has several slopes that provides decent drainage.
Neighbors' Crops (within 1/4 mile)
various fruit trees, some annual flowers
Neighbors' crops (within 1 mile)
Possible GMOs in the neighborhood...
Other relevant information
As far as I know there is no commercial agricultural land within a mile of here and it's unlikely that many home gardeners are growing GMO crops. There are certainly no gardens (other than my own) that are visible from my property. There are two neighbors with peach trees and one who has informed me she is planting plums, pears, apples, peaches, and figs.