I would like a couple acres where I can have a nice garden most of the year,
not to cold and my wife wont feel like she's in the middle of nowhere. I
live in So-Cal now but its just to busy any more. Some place maybe the kids
will move to if they get married. Any thoughts?
Only if you can go up the mountains and out of the "HEAT". Redding puts
you about an hour and a half north of Sacramento. Emilie (mleblanca) in
Chico could give you a better idea of the region. San Luis Obispo
County, Humbolt, Sierra Nevadas above the heat, near Sacramento or
Fresno. The "Bay Area", for new arrivals, is only for the very rich
($500,000 and $traight up, for a lot and a house in the out lying
regions, much less two acres).
Generally speaking, east of IH35 is less hilly, less trees, more
precipitation, deeper natural topsoil. West of IH35 is more hilly as you go
west, more trees, less precipitation, topsoil depth varies highly and more
prevalent in bottom land.
Would be culture shock for a southern californian...
I live West of IH-35 in the hill country.
No tornadoes there. <g>
Most of the twisters stay right on or just East of IH-35. I think the
hills in the hill country break up the air currents.
Might be why property values are higher...
Granted, the soil is not as good (lots of limestone/rocks) and the
plains are alluvial topsoil, but I just use raised beds. Cotton,
Sorghum, corn and other grains grow well on the East side.
I guess it depends on what you are looking for. I just like the
loooooong growing season!
I have a pair of 'mater plants out front in a 25 gallon pot right now
and there are some green fruits on it, but I'll probably have to move it
into the greenhouse shortly and set up the winter heat bulb for it.
I should have ripe fruits soon, and more blooms later to give me ripe
fruits in March. I just listen to the radio for frost warnings.
Thanks for the reminder. Colder in hill country vice east of IH35. Don't
count on local Austin TV stations reflecting actual winter temperature and
temp forecasts in regions west in winter/fall. NWS is much more accurate
Ever hear of a little place called Austin?
City motto: "Keep Austin Weird". That just sounds so Californian.
They have a University, a culture scene, and music.
I'm not planing on leaving northern California but if I were, I'd check
it out. Oldest, continuously running business in Austin is Schultz's
biergarten. Fredricksburg, not far from Austin, still wears its' German
heritage with pride.
So it's Texas. Ol' "Good hair" can't be any worse than A'nold.
Gut Gluck er, good luck.
Sonoma is basically a rural county, with a lot of vineyards, once you
get away from the Hwy. 101 corridor that runs through it. Our dogs
chased a fawn out of the yard a coupe of days ago. There are fewer deer
that ten years ago. Howevre, my mother-in-law lives in a retirement
community and deer there browse the lawns and bushes daily.
You want deer? It can make gardening a challenge. ;-D
We have a local herd that grazes across the street from me.
The dogs keep then out of the gardens!
We also have raccoons, squirrels, ringtails, possums, coyotes, puma,
skunks, rats, etc.
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