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I still consider myself a novice to gardening and fruit tree growing although I have now been doing this 9 years. I get such a natural high from it. My friends and family think it is strange that I like to walk the yard every day and see what changes I can observe. Funny thing is, when I was a child, my parents had a small garden and I detested doing any work in it.

We purchased a home 9 1/2 years ago that had 3 mature, but uncared for, fruit trees on the small lot. Since then I have managed to persuade DH to plant another 18 to include apples, peaches, nectarines, apricots, oriental pears, and plums. I keep getting told, "No more trees". However, if something dies (and *sigh* some have) I order again to fill the spot. I was sad because I could not keep my gooseberries and currants alive. I just planted a pomegranate tree(if you can call 8 inches high a tree) a few days ago and am hoping it will grow for me. Oklahoma weather can be a bear trying to grow fruit trees going from a high of 99 one day to a low of 27 less than 48 hours later.

I love to experiment with new things in my veggie garden, just to see what will happen. I have a special fondness for growing melons and cukes, having tried at least 3 dozen varieties. This year I am planting favorites from my trials. My husband made me a raised bed last year so I can get my cool weather plants in the ground in time and don't have to wait for him to till.

In addition to growing things I have a big interest in birds and own a Quaker.

I also love to do country western dancing. Yeehaw!

I live in: United States

My zone is: z7/OK

My favorite forum 1 is Fruit & Orchards.

My favorite forum 2 is Harvest.

First registered on April 16, 2003 .