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  1. Nov 7, 2018
    BrendaJune

    BrendaJune Leafing Out

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    I am trying to introduce myself to the group. I am new and keep getting a ! please verify your email. I tried over and over. So far this forum doesn't seem to like my computer. I use only one email and it works for BackYardHerds and BackYardChickens. Hopefully, I am introducing myself in the right spot!
    I am in the middle of nowhere in Nevada. Our first year here I had a very successful, experimental garden in a large, raised container bed. This year, epic fail. I was able to grow vegetables fairly successfully in northern California and I know it will be very different here. I grew tomatoes, peppers, cantaloupe and zucchini the first year. It did so well that in our second year I tried carrots, beets, corn and potatoes along with what I grew the first year. The tomatoes were eaten down to the dirt before they even flowered! The beets, carrots and corn did nothing. Not even a single sprout! They were grown from seed and the tomatoes were store bought plants. We got some potatoes but that was it. Very discouraging. That has been my Nevada gardening experience. I will keep trying!
     
  2. Nov 7, 2018
    ninnymary

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    Oh no, it's so discouraging when our garden fails. I'm glad that you will keep on trying. I have a very hard time trying to grow swiss chard and beets because of the leaf miner. I really need to just accept it and move on.

    I'm so glad that you joined. You will have a wonderful support group here to share your failures and successes with. Perhaps you can check with other local gardeners around you to see what works for them. There are so many good local facebook garden groups around now.

    Tell us a little bit more about your self and your garden goals.

    Mary
     
  3. Nov 7, 2018
    Ridgerunner

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    Welcome from Southeast Louisiana, glad you joined.
     
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    BrendaJune

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    Thank you for the nice welcome. How do I add my location on the information shows on the left? I will work on my avatar. I think I can do that.
     
  5. Nov 7, 2018
    aftermidnight

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    And a great big welcome from Vancouver Island, so glad you joined us. We all have failures at times, try and talk to other gardeners in your location, better still if there's a local garden club they could be a great help to you. Welcome to the family:).

    Annette
     
  6. Nov 8, 2018
    digitS'

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    Welcome, BrendaJune!

    About where in northern California? I lived and gardened where I could see the ocean water in Humboldt Bay.

    Come to think about it, you might see the water of the Humboldt River there in Nevada ... I wonder why they were both named for the German guy ...

    I can imagine that there is a difference! Coastal California wasn't all that great of a gardening climate with so much coolness. I remember having ripe cherry tomatoes but don't know that I had sweet corn.

    Jump right in!

    Steve
     
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  7. Nov 8, 2018
    BrendaJune

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    Hi Steve, I was in San Jose, CA. Very nice weather. Now I'm about 75 miles south of Reno. It is dry and windy with snow in the winter and just below 100 in the summer. We have about 40 fruit trees that blossom nicely but few of the trees actually produce fruit. They are all getting pruned this winter by a professional. There are peach, apple, cherry and pear. We get pears and apples but never cherries or peaches.

    Annette- there is a garden club about an hour away in Carson City which is too far for me to want to go. I am a homebody! There is a neighbor about 10 minutes away that has a beautiful garden in his front yard. I stopped and talked with him and he has no trouble with the wild life I have trouble with. I have squirrels, rabbits, deer and chipmunks and lots of different birds. We just got three cats and I never see any squirrels, rabbits or chipmunks any more. The cats are feral but somewhat friendly, thanks to the tuna in their bowls. They have three sleeping choices on our covered porch and they choose the BBQ cabinet over the heated cat house. Maybe when it gets colder they will sleep in the heated house. It is so funny to open the BBQ cabinet door and see cats. They get in from the back and climb down to the bottom shelf. Too funny! We always check for them before we BBQ! I think they are pretty safe there from the coyotes. I am hoping they will keep the rattle snakes away too. I can't handle going out to the garden and seeing a rattler. It has happened twice. *Shudder*

    Brenda
     
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  8. Nov 8, 2018
    Nyboy

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    Brenda wow rattlesnakes :thwelcome from NY. One day I will have a cherry tree . I stopped counting the number I have killed. Really great people here always willing to help
     
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    Welcome from Virginia :frow
     
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    BrendaJune

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    Thanks, Nyboy and Debbie!
     

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