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Where's my gardener mufos, and who should I meet? I'm a total newbie and starting to garden. And by starting to garden I mean both researching what to plant for my first ever kitchen herb containers in a couple weeks and also recently hired some professional advice on how to progressively turn my yard into a permaculture food forest in upcoming years. I'd love to see more posts from other n00bz and from experienced gardners who like helping us learn. Bonus if southeast US (7b/8a boundary).

@epilanthanomai yoooooo

I love gardening. Currently live in an 8b zone, but learned to garden in 7a

@epilanthanomai @benhamill I’m in zone 10 and I love having green onions (get the kind with roots from the grocery, don’t eat the white part, put it in a jar with water until you see a green bit, plant in dirt) and garlic (plant the clove from the middle of the bulb that’s not worth the effort to peel, I eat the green shoots because I haven’t managed to harvest a bulb)

@bonzoesc OMG I haven't even checked as far ahead as autumn planting but garlic is *very* exciting :-)

Green onions sounds delicious too, but I thiiiink my first early spring is going to be focused on oregano so I don't get too overwhelmed.

Okay, I might also start researching roses. But, like, one new food at a time I think. :-)

@epilanthanomai with the allia (onions, garlic, etc.) i mostly just let them do their thing, not a lot of attention or effort paid until I’m cooking something and head outside with the clippers

@bonzoesc Low maintenance is a huge plus (almost a requirement) for me! Looking forward to garlic in the fall, and probably chives next year.

@epilanthanomai my gardening account is @GwenfarsGarden. I talk about, amongst other things, forest gardening in an urban context, gardening with a chronic illness, and growing edibles and ornamentals generally.

It's worth following and tagging your gardening posts with @plants as they will then go to anyone following that group. And use hashtags including: #Gardening #Plants #Permaculture #ForestGardens #GrowYourOwn #UrbanGardening #Vegetables #Gardens #Herbs

Also very popular is #Florespondence, when you post pics from your garden or neighbourhood, gardens you visit etc. This includes not just flowers, but trees, foliage etc. And #Sporespondence for fungi.

@GwenfarsGarden @GwenfarsGarden Oh awesome, thank you! I imagine the chronic illness gardening content will be helpful for me: I'm recently diagnosed with MS, so I imagine my energy will decline over time.

@epilanthanomai I'm sorry for the MS diagnosis, that's tough. I have ME, so there is a lot of cross over of symptoms. Always happy to share any knowledge I have and I'm sure you'll have your own tips to share as you get into gardening.

@epilanthanomai @GwenfarsGarden @GwenfarsGarden Oof, sorry to hear that. But Gwenfar will have some good tips for the situation.

@epilanthanomai I garden but I'm only experienced with the west coast, and I also don't post about it much because I'm having a hard time adjusting to balcony gardening while also dealing with depression, haha

@epilanthanomai I'm also in the southeast US and learning to garden.

What advice did you get from the professional? Where I'm at, Upstate SC, the soil is mostly hard packed clay. The general advice is aeration and green manure, so I'm trying that. I'm planting a cover crop mix that I'll mow down and let decompose in place. Apparently, it'll take a few years so I hope I have the patience to see it through

@0x1C3B00DA My big problems right now are that a) I've just cleared a lot of kudzu, so not much good soil and b) I have steep grades on some of the land. Together that means we focused mostly on stopping erosion and building soil. She recommended boomerang-shaped erosion control barriers for my steep front, supporting holly for street noise abatement.

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@0x1C3B00DA And in my larger (~.3ac?) sloped (~12% grade) backyard she recommended swales and berms on contour, starting with a focus on raw biomass for the first couple years. For that she suggested a mix of nitrogen fixers (clover, cowpea, hairy vetch), fast-growing biomass (oat, buckwheat), and deep-rooting brassicas (daikon, mustard).

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@0x1C3B00DA I expressed to her that I need the long-term focus to prioritize lower labor (due to health issues, old age) more than bulk food production. Atlanta is basically a forest, so after the soil is healthier from a couple years of the above, she recommended aiming for forest understory growth, planting some overstory trees (persimmon, pawpaw), understory shrubs (blueberry, elderberry), and various herbs and wildflowers for the ground, with the swales converting to wood chip paths.

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@epilanthanomai I'm a gardener! Not the same zone but I love talking about gardening

@epilanthanomai southern exposure seed exchange has some growing guides for your area! If you’re interested in permaculture I’d prob check out the seed saving & biodiversity ones southernexposure.com/growing-g

Their links page also has a ton of other resources you might find interesting/useful as well

@epilanthanomai i have a very small amount of available garden space & what i do have is mostly deep shade so i don’t post a *ton* of gardening content, but i’ve got a decent patch of herbs which i really enjoy

Thyme and rosemary are both perennials so they’ll come back year after year once you’ve gotten them established & don’t take much work. Of the annuals, i got the best effort > reward return with basil, while parsley & cilantro were both a lot more finicky & prone to bolting

@Satsuma Good to know! Do you mind sharing what part of the world you're in (or at least what climate)?

Basil is a strong contender for a late spring expansion for my garden. And rosemary and thyme are high on the list for future seasons. I've decided for my first early planting I'm going to start with just one herb (oregano) and one rose bush. I figure with all the new habits I'm going to have to build, it's best if I don't overwhelm myself trying to learn a ton of plants all at once :-)

@epilanthanomai starting small is definitely a good idea! It’s a lot easier to focus on getting one thing right than a lot of things half right (which in gardening terms can sometimes mean a dead plant)

I’m north of you by a fair bit i think? (philadelphia, zone seven) but it’s been p warm & rainy these past few years so it feels like we’re south of that, planting-wise lol

@Satsuma Ah, yep a good bit north. I'm in Atlanta, just at the cusp of 7b and 8a.

@epilanthanomai honestly i hadn’t realized any of Georgia was zone 7 before i checked the map haha. I guess the coastal warming effect is stronger than I’d thought

@Satsuma Oh cool, thanks! I recently learned I live near Beach Hollow Farms warehouse/distribution center beechhollowfarms.com/ , and Nearly Native Farms aren't too terribly far away from me nearlynativenursery.com/ , but more recommendations are certainly always welcome!

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