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Married with four children: two adults & twin boys in high school, all living at home. Now on a brief hiatus from career to be a stay-at-home mom, I’m enjoying the the time to spend on and with family, home, gardens and koi pond. We live near the shore in Monmouth County, NJ, surrounded by the Shark River Bay, which eases temperatures a bit.

Main gardening interests are perennial & bulb gardens, vegetable garden (finally ... an 8’x16’ veggie garden in 2005, tiny but very productive!), native plants. I prefer to use organic methods and while editing and refining my gardens I will be adding plants to attract and support birds and beneficial insects. Biggest challenge: WINTER! I wouldn’t make it to spring without snowdrops ... if they can make it, so can I. Second biggest challenge: Small lot, sand/clay soil, in an area with many tall oaks providing a range of shade from full to partial to high, dappled shade. Biggest satisfaction: Whatever I put into the gardens, they give back several times over.

Pets: Dog, koi, red-bellied bearded dragon lizard.

I live in: United States

My zone is: 7a/b NJ

My favorite forum 1 is Greenhouses & Garden Structures.

My favorite forum 2 is Cottage Garden.

First registered on September 14, 2005 .