Thanks for accepting me to your forum. It's always nice to have another venue of information and gardening experiences.
I am in Zone 6B WV. I just moved last year from Maryland's Zone 7 (a really great zone for both changes of and growing season.) Now I have a shorter season, but have had pretty good success with my first square foot gardening experience. Except for that horrid tomato blight. I have 5 raised beds--4x8, figuring this would be a good start for a kitchen garden (I intend more beds for perennials.) I owe my success at this first gardening experience to forums such as these where an abundance of great advice and experiences are offered up just for the asking!
The horrible tomato blight has defoliated the bottom portions of my tomato plants, but I have managed to string them along and keep my tomatoes going in hopes of them ripening. I would like to know of others' experiences with this. I understand it has hit everyone.
Also, my pole beans are having their leaves eaten out leaving them like so much lace. I did find a recipe for home made organic spray that I'm trying out to see if that works. I planted Scarlet Runners, which I love for the hummers. (Also, the flavor is amazing.)
Well, that's probably more of an introduction than expected. Gardening is not just another hobby for me, but a way to become more sustainable in these questionable economic times.
I look forward to participating with your groups.