michael conway

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Hello, next year I am contemplating moving from New York to California to live with a dear friend of mine. She lives near Lake Tahoe and if I am to go there I will need a job and access to a garden! Wondering if anyone knows or can guide me to finding a place that might be able to help me out. Also any websites that might have information that would help. Thanks very much!
8 years ago
So from what I'm gathering here is that it is probably ok to grow plants with shallow root systems over the tank area. I was not planning on putting any trees or shrubs there anyways. I will have to do better research to see what plants have deep tap roots and avoid those. I figure if i plant mostly annuals then if a situation with the septic tank arises i wont loose perennial value, i just hope it doesn't happen during the growing season!
8 years ago
My location is Wilmington New York, located in the northeast of the Adirondack mountains. My property is on the forests edge but where I want to work with is not in full forest. It definitively appears to be an opportunistic species as do the many other plants growing on the property. It is pretty sandy soils but has a lot of water in most areas. Other plants growing around are pine trees, aspen trees, birch trees, maple trees. The only competition the honeysuckle has on the shrub layer of the area is with a few scattered patches of raspberries. Lilacs also seem to do great in the area. The Adirondacks are not a forest known for the most plants with edible fruits so i'm trying to learn what would survive the winters here (zone 4) that could provide me with some food or medicinal yields. I will research the honeyberry and eleagnus genus, thanks.
8 years ago
On my property there are many honeysuckle shrubs. The shrubs appear to all be very healthy, grow vigorously, and produce a lot of (inedible) berries. I'm looking for advice for another plant that would mimic the honeysuckles ecological functions but would provide some type of yield for me and my family as well. My idea is to slowly take out some of the honeysuckles and replace them with another shrub that would bear edible fruits. Any ideas? Thanks.
8 years ago
So there is an area of lawn at my home I want to turn into a garden but it is over the septic tank for the house. The first issue is that if there is any problem with the tank it must be dug up and therefor the garden with it. If there are no problems though I was looking for comments on whether the septic tank would pose health problems, or any other problems to the plants grown above it. Thanks
8 years ago