So we have found ourselves here in South Carolina. Upstate South Carolina.
We are just south of the Blue Ridge mountains. We came here mostly due to having a daughter and husband living here with their now four children.
4 Grandchildren !
When we first decided to leave the New Hampshire weather ( it took a day that was -20 degrees and a wind staying at 40mph all day and sometimes up to 60mph), we checked out the Greenville are where at that time grandson # 1 was on his way. I didn’t find any work but had met someone in Florida doing my kind of work- I looked him up- that led to an immediate job offer and sudden plans to head south and out of the cold winters.
Then after 6-7 years and going thru the economic time many of us wish we could have avoided, we prayerfully wondered if now was a time to check out where the kids are.
In a short time a door opened for work in Greenville , South Carolina. I moved, left my wife in Florida and got settled into a new job. We lived separate for a while to allow surety of the move and to avoid her leaving her pleasant job too suddenly.She was working as a manager in a small store for an owner and family she would never leave suddenly. She worked out a long term plan- year or two.
As time was getting nearer to our permanant re-union, we purchased a mobile home and put it on a lot in a “retirement park”. It is a half mile loop of road with home sites all around as well as in the center. We picked a lot just beyond a group of trees and a brook.
No sooner was the house setup and we were about to move in my wife said- boy there is room for us to put in a few raised beds. Just think about gardening with the season we’ll have here.
In Central New Hampshire frost free is June15 and possible frost is September/October or sometimes sooner.
So as soon as we levelled out after the building mess and I tamed the overgrowth along our brook border we began garden plans. Our daughter was always telling us about spring planting in February and March.
We started with one raised bed 8×5 and planted early. Late March into Early April
Then another raised bed ready for early summer planting. We cut up some plastic barrels for rings and used them to contain the dirt used for our tomatoes. We planted two heirloom varietys. Purple Cherokee and Costoluto Genovese. We couldn’t be happier with our tomatoe choices.
We got ripe tomatoes by june– ate them all summer into fall and were still enjoying sauce that had been frozen well into November.
All the greens and early spring plants were great. I had been a while since we planted .But all our neighbors were looking on in awe- How do you know what to do? you know so much.
Try doing it with a ten week season – you’ll learn a lot – we were thinking to ourselves.