Member for1 year 5 months
After working in a cubicle for way too many years, about 2-1/2 years ago my family bought property in West Virginia to hunt, grow and forage on. I still consider myself a beginner gardener and like to experiment to see what works, so this network interests me. I love seeing the harvest.
I have 161 acres overall, with mostly woodlands, then some "hay fields" and about 10,000 square feet of "garden area". I am willing to work some of that for EFN projects.
Favorite Crops & Least Favorite Crops
I like to grow things I can eat or use. Mustard greens, lettuces, pole and garden beans and sugar snap peas have been consistent good growers. Last year was a more difficult year for in-ground crops, but my first year was amazing on carrots, beets, onions and in-ground crops... I think it was too wet last year myself, but I'm just guessing. I tried buckwheat at the end of my potato season last year for the first time and that took well (making my own flour from such was such an enjoyable accomplishment for me). I have had a hard time with broccoli (large stems, no flowers) and spinach (I think the bugs in my area like it too much and eat it as soon as it starts growing, I have to try a preventative for that). Oh and vines do wonderful... pumpkins, cucumbers, etc.
Nice backyard (401 - 2500 sq. ft)
Test results from WVU soil testing lab in 2016 states soil as silty clay, pH of 5.7.
Neighbors' Crops (within 1/4 mile)
the nearest house is farther than that :)
Neighbors' crops (within 1 mile)
turnips, corn, beets
Possible GMOs in the neighborhood...
I'm sure my neighbors have GMOs within 5 miles but am unsure exactly what they plant and where (we all have large properties), so I checked off things they may be growing. Some of my seeds (store bought and traded may be GMO as well). I received some cotton seeds from my uncle who just had it growing on his property, so I have no clue.
Other relevant information
I can't say wet or dry as it varies throughout the season. We use a garden hose to irrigate (no professional system in place). We try not to use chemicals.