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I have been gardening for over 35 years since I was a little kid helping my uncle grow his garden. My degree is plant physiology and a minor in chemistry. In college, our Ecology class had an organic garden plot, and I have been gardening mainly organically ever since. I like keeping up with all the different fertlizers, pesticides, fungicides, and other chemicals. I like reading up on them constantly, including their MSDS’s (material safety data sheets). I also enjoy reading other peopes’ experiences and opinions about plants

I have grown about 100 varieties of tomatoes and probably over 25 types of melons. In addition, I have tasted maybe 10-20 varieties of each in foreign countries and states I have visited, but have not grown. I love growing tomatoes and melons; but more importantly eating them. The other vegetable I love is corn on the cob. I can get 3 planting per year with a listed 70 day variety in our climate. But even if I can’t grow them, I love eating exotic and local fruit. In Hawaii, Mexico, and Asia, I have enjoyed fresh local mangoes, papayas, sapotes, guavas, sugar cane, young coconut, to specialty apples and Concord grapes from upstate New York, Flordia Citrus, Virginia apples and Muscadine grapes, and Georgia peach to Texas melons. I love to know the exact variety of produce I am eating. I think the fruit industry is doing a disservice in labelling their fruit by color, i.e. black plums instead of saying whether it’s Friar or something else. But to be in Southern California is a produce lover’s dream. Farmer’s markets, which I frequent weekly, allows us to eat great fresh produce all year. And this is the only place I will buy a fresh tomato, or grow my own.

We have all year gardening in Southern California. It’s so great to get dirty and know you can control what goes into your food. I’m basically in Zone 11, but a few winters a decade, it freezes. I wish it would freeze a few days every year to hold the killer bees, bermuda and crabgrass in check.

I also garden at my parents house regularly who live in North Las Vegas. Wow, what a different gardening experience from their former SF Bay Garden. It's like the LA Valley area or Inland Empire but 15 degrees hotter in July and August. Still a magnificent valley with mountains, four seasons, open spaces, cleaner air, and less hectic.

I live in: United States

My zone is: 10 So.Cal

My favorite forum 1 is Growing Tomatoes.

My favorite forum 2 is Heirloom Plants & Gardens.

First registered on March 26, 2003 .