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Location:  Moore, SC

Day Job:  owner, Garden Delights

The Digs:  Backyard, Containers, Front yard, Other

Crops:  Basil, Bell Peppers, Blueberries, Bok-choy, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Chile Peppers, Chinese cabbage, Cucumbers, Garlic, Green beans, Jalepeno Peppers, Kale, Lavender, Lemons, Lettuce, Melons, Mint, Mushrooms, Oregano, Peas, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Raspberries, Rosemary, Spinach, Squash, Strawberries, Sugar Snap Peas, Thyme, Tomatoes, Grow and sell 130 varieties of heirloom tomato plants and other heirloom vegetable plants.

Animals:  Cats, Dogs, ...and chickens in the spring!

Why I'm Getting Dirty:  I've always loved gardening, but after a career as a PR exec, I was ready to give it up to do what I really love--grow heirloom vegetable plants. Many of the plants are on Slow Food's Ark of Taste. I'm trying to keep several varieties from becoming extinct. Maybe it was my childhood fascination with Little House on the Prairie, but working with the Earth is the best possible job.

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  • Posted by: on June 1st, 2011 at 01:08 pm

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  • Posted by: Julie on May 12th, 2011 at 08:17 pm

    Thank you, everyone! I'm sorry that I've been absent lately--growing season is in full force, our first market is Saturday, and I've been up to my eyeballs in shipping plants the past two months! So much fun, but such a crazy time of year! On top of normal suburban microfarming/nursery business, I was asked to be a stop on the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association's Farm Tour June 4-5--and I'm slightly hyperventilating, trying to get all of our gardens planted and looking "presentable." (We're the example of suburban microfarming, showing families how much they can grow in a limited space.) Whew! Hope you all are enjoying a lovely spring, and I hope to check in more often as things settle down! Happy gardening! ~ Julie

  • Posted by: Green Desert on May 12th, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Congratulations on Farmer of the day. By all accounts, you really are the FARMER. Urban Farming is fun, isn't it? If you would like help in keeping some of those heirloom tomatoes from becoming extinct, I'm here to help. I'm growing 6 varieties this year on my urban lot.

  • Posted by: Nebraska Dave on May 12th, 2011 at 05:30 am

    Congrats on being farmer of the day.

    Working with the earth does bring a lot of satisfaction doesn't it?

    Have a great farmer of the day.

  • Posted by: The Barefoot Gardener on May 12th, 2011 at 04:51 am

    You speak from my heart....I'm with you....living off the earth!!! How wonderful of you for preserving the wonders of the past!! Thrilling...I am just beginning to understand heirlooms....any one book you can recommend? Congrat's on your day!!!

  • Posted by: City Girl Garden on May 12th, 2011 at 03:29 am

    Congrats on being named Farmer of the Day! Happy Gardening!

  • Posted by: City Girl Garden on March 30th, 2011 at 03:09 am

    I tried growing my tomatoes from seed this year. I have them up about 6 to 8 inches tall, but they just seem to have stopped growing. Any suggestions? Thanks!

  • Posted by: Nebraska Dave on October 5th, 2010 at 04:27 pm

    Sounds like your yard and business keeps you quite busy. I tried my best to start tomatoes from seeds last spring but still in the end I bought plants from the local nursery. I even bought a heat mat to help keep the little bugger warm while sprouting and still nothing. I'm not sure what I did wrong but I'll keep after it until I get it to work. Overall, it's been a great garden year with a wonder harvest out of my three 4X8 raised beds. I've increased the beds to five so next year will be bigger and better.

    Have a great harvesting day.

  • Posted by: Julie on October 4th, 2010 at 06:38 pm

    Hey Nebraska Dave ~

    You'd be surprised how much I fit in our yard! We're in a suburban subdivision, and our property is .8 acres--that's everything. I have three small greenhouses for my business, but all the heirloom seedlings were started downstairs or in the garage, then potted up and transferred to the greenhouses. I have a small potager near the house, a larger garden in the forest behind our house, and LOTS of edible landscaping. We just don't have much sun--so I struggle to find good places for growing veggies. Hoping to add chickens in the spring!

    Have a great week!

  • Posted by: Nebraska Dave on October 4th, 2010 at 01:34 pm

    You certainly do have a lot of garden delights. You must have a huge garden to grow that many vegetables.

    Have a great gardening day.

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