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Raifu

Raifu
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Tradelists:
* Havelist (saved seed) (I haven't added my seeds that I saved in 2019 to the list, yet, but there are several—look at my 2019 growlist for ideas of what extras I might have. Note that I save seeds from my hybrids, too.)
* Havelist (purchased seed)
* Wantlist

Garden Profile

Köppen Climate Classification: BSk (cold semi-arid or steppe climate; ironically, we have very hot summers); I live in community that relies heavily on irrigation (notwithstanding I personally don't) near (but not in) the Oregon High Desert, and the Owyhee Desert (yes, I realize that's not Phoenix, Arizona); we do get snow in the winter (sometimes a lot; sometimes not), and semi-cool nights.
Country: USA
State: Idaho (southwestern)
Elevation: 2,260 feet
USDA Hardiness zone: 6 (We select long-term perennials for zone 4, though, since it often gets cold enough to kill zone 6 and sometimes zone 5 plants.)
Record high temperature: 116° F.
Record low temperature: -26° F.
Average growing season length: 5 months (about May 10th to October 10th)
Soil type(s): Clay that has been amended into something else over the decades. Cucumbers have trouble in our soil, but many other things do just fine. Peppers have trouble in our soil, in the ground, without mulch, but with a shredded wood mulch, they do well. Our garden was farmland before the house was built, but they scraped off the soil when they were building the house, and left us with clay, so I've heard. Our soil is gray to grayish brown.
Water type: City water (we don't have a well, nor do we have irrigation)
Garden size: The whole property including the house is about 80'x100'. The house takes up about a third of that. About half the rest of the property is ornamentals, herbs, and perennial fruit bushes, and I garden in the other half. We don't have a lawn. We do have a patio and such, though, as well as paths in the garden areas.
Land owner: No
Organic or synthetic gardener: Sometimes I use synthetic fertilizers and nutrients (not a lot; maybe once or twice a year on only some plants), but that's about it in the way of synthetic chemicals. The owner of the land uses herbicides (but not directly on the ground I'm growing). Mosquito trucks do spray my neighborhood. I don't grow GMOs (but I haven't taken a pledge not to do so or anything; nevertheless, I have no intention of growing them). The city water is chlorinated. I prefer organic approaches most of the time.
Plant/food interests: Plants, gardening, cooking, nutrition, herbalism, plant breeding, food preservation, lacto-fermention, pickling, etc.

Personal Profile

Religious denomination: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Websites: I administer this very forum, and other websites.

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Location: SW Idaho, USA
Climate: BSk
USDA hardiness zone: 6
Elevation: 2,260 feet
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