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Retired to north Georgia in ’98, my wife and I have taken over a 35 acre (7 acres in pasture) old goat dairy farm. Our place very private, but close to town, rolling hills, a small spring, long range views, and several fertile garden plots that have been cultivated organically for over 30 years.

I’ve planted fruit trees in the field next to the garden areas; peaches, pears, apples, plums, and grapes. I’ve had good success with grafting, and I’m always expanding the orchard. Other fruits are, blueberries, raspberries, hardy kiwi, and seaberry. My climate can bring out the blossoms a full two months before before my frost date, so growing fruit can be a challenge.

We’re getting chickens and will day range them in the pasture with electronet fencing protecting them. A "chicken tractor", a moveable coop, will allow the birds to forage much of their own natural food. They’ll assist in preparing new ground, bug/slug control, weed control, and efficient fertilizer depositors and spreaders.

My old muscadine vine needs a new trellis, but so do my new grapes! I’m really enjoying everything I have to do; home repairs, workshops to finish, cabins to maintain, cars to maintain, and of course always the orchard and garden. I plant radishes, spinach, broccoli, collards, kale, tomatoes, green beans, lettuce, okra, and sometimes sell some at the local farmer’s market my wife helped organize. I grow organically and I’m always learning about sustainable ideas for the garden and how to extend the growing season.. One greenhouse is almost done, and another is going up near the house.

I’m a retired, remodeler, woodworker, and restoration contractor from Atlanta. I had the good fortune to be able to restore old Craftsman bungalows in Atlanta back in the day. Up here, I have my dream woodshop, metalworking shop, and lots of storage for my materials. We finally finished the huge remodel on this old place and all the trim and siding came from trees on our land.

Mom and Dad were gardeners and I know they would have loved this place. I have fond memories of helping them in the garden and the tradition of fresh food has been with me ever since. "Dethride" pays homage to my brother Don’s creative mind.
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I live in: United States

My zone is: 7a / 6b GA

My favorite forum 1 is Fruit & Orchards.

My favorite forum 2 is Farm Life.

First registered on March 19, 2002 .