Tyson Kreiger

Full Name
Tyson Kreiger
Member for
1 year 4 months
Volunteer Background
I have been gardening for roughly 30 years and have gained considerable experience by volunteering in a greenhouse at my high school and working at a nursery for 5 years during college. I am primarily self taught and my interests focus primarily on herbs, forgotten/obscure fruits and fruit varieties and most recently, perennial vegetables. My friends consider me a bit of a mad scientist when it comes to horticulture. I am trying to to convert my fairly small, suburban, yard in Central NY into a healthier ecosystem through permaculture. I also have a budding interest in plant breeding although my experience is very limited.
Favorite Crops & Least Favorite Crops
I love to experiment with uncommon perennial vegetables and herbs and I have recently planted a number of fruit trees that are thriving (pear, medlar, quince). My soil is fairly rocky so I typically do not have the best luck with root vegetables other than in my raised beds. I am also limited in the space in which I can grow vining plants, but I am hoping a chain-link fence around my main garden will fix this limitation. Otherwise, I am up for trying most anything else and generally am successful in whatever I am attempting to grow.
Growing Experience
Growing food
Starting seeds
Growing perennials
Time Commitment
5-10 hrs
Growing Location
Space Available
Small lot (101 - 400 sq. ft)
Soil Details
Oneida County, New York
33A—Alton-Urban land complex, 0 to 3 percent slopes
Map Unit Setting
National map unit symbol: 9v9h
Elevation: 250 to 1,000 feet
Mean annual precipitation: 30 to 46 inches
Mean annual air temperature: 45 to 50 degrees F
Frost-free period: 120 to 160 days
Farmland classification: Not prime farmland
Map Unit Composition
Alton and similar soils: 40 percent
Urban land: 30 percent
Minor components: 30 percent
Estimates are based on observations, descriptions, and transects of the mapunit.
Description of Alton
Landform: Deltas, outwash plains, terraces
Landform position (two-dimensional): Summit
Landform position (three-dimensional): Tread
Down-slope shape: Convex
Across-slope shape: Convex
Parent material: Gravelly loamy glaciofluvial deposits over sandy and gravelly glaciofluvial deposits, derived mainly from acidic rocks, with some limestone below 40 inches
Typical profile
Ap - 0 to 9 inches: gravelly loam
Bw1 - 9 to 24 inches: very gravelly fine sandy loam
Bw2 - 24 to 40 inches: very gravelly sandy loam
BC - 40 to 58 inches: very gravelly sandy loam
2C - 58 to 72 inches: very gravelly loamy sand
Properties and qualities
Slope: 0 to 3 percent
Depth to restrictive feature: More than 80 inches
Natural drainage class: Somewhat excessively drained
Runoff class: Very low
Capacity of the most limiting layer to transmit water (Ksat): High (1.98 to 5.95 in/hr)
Depth to water table: More than 80 inches
Frequency of flooding: None
Frequency of ponding: None
Calcium carbonate, maximum in profile: 10 percent
Available water storage in profile: Low (about 4.9 inches)
Interpretive groups
Land capability classification (irrigated): None specified
Land capability classification (nonirrigated): 2s
Hydrologic Soil Group: A
Hydric soil rating: No
Description of Urban Land
Properties and qualities
Slope: 0 to 3 percent
Depth to restrictive feature: 0 inches to manufactured layer
Interpretive groups
Land capability classification (irrigated): None specified
Land capability classification (nonirrigated): 8
Hydric soil rating: Unranked
Minor Components
Percent of map unit: 10 percent
Hydric soil rating: No
Percent of map unit: 8 percent
Hydric soil rating: No
Unnamed soils
Percent of map unit: 7 percent
Hydric soil rating: No
Percent of map unit: 5 percent
Hydric soil rating: No
Soil Type
Growing Location Descriptors
Neighbors' Crops (within 1/4 mile)
Tomatoes, peppers, basil
Neighbors' crops (within 1 mile)
Tomatoes, peppers, basil
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