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After living in all 4 corners of the continental US over the years (Upstate NY, CT, WA, FL, AZ), I settled down in Charlotte, NC in the spring of 2000 with my wife Mary. We followed the move with our first child, Rachel, who was born in March of 2001. Besides gardening, I enjoy playing strategy games on the computer, listening to "Old Wave" music (80s!), and playing with my daughter.

I have a large flower bed in the front of my house, with many varieties of bulbs, annuals, and perrenials. I have the goal in 2003 to grow everything from seed. (No more Wal-Mart/Home Depot/Lowes plants for me!) :')

My first year of vegetable gardening (2002): I created 2 raised beds (4' x 8' x 12") for vegetable gardening in the back yard. Planted everything much closer than recommended, and had excellent results with Green Chilis, Yellow Bananna Peppers and Roma Tomatoes. (Of course, this in turn resulted in my newly acquired skill: canning!)

Goals for 2003:
Expand garden to 6 raised beds, try early planting with Wall-of-Water, grow new varieties of tomatoes (I have striped, yellow, white, orange, purple, black, green, and of course, red), try my luck selling tomatoes at the Farmer's market.

My gardening motto: EVERYTHING is a big, fun experiment!

I live in: United States

My zone is: z7b NC

My favorite forum 1 is Vegetable Gardening.

My favorite forum 2 is Carolina Gardening.

First registered on June 21, 2002 .