Cottage Gardening forum: Hello from Tampa, FL (currently) and the Missouri Ozarks

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Feb 6, 2015 11:33 AM CST
Name: Mike Biondo
Tampa, FL (9b) Nov-May
Missouri Ozarks (6b) May-Nov
Hello Folks,

I'm one of the new guys on the block so I thought I would take a moment to introduce myself...

First, special thank you to Ella for telling me about you guys!

Yes, I am one of those migratory fowl who leaves the cold behind and travels 1000 miles south to sunny Florida. This is the second year for the annual migration. I keep pretty busy either kayak fishing in Tampa Bay, or spending time in the garden. When up north, the boonies of the Missouri Ozarks is home.

The Florida subdivision has a community garden, but I was on the waiting list for a year to get my plot. So this is my first year for gardening in Florida. I am really enjoying the idea of being able to play in the garden, year-round. I am thinking (hoping) I can get two full growing seasons in each year. My thought is to plan out the Florida garden about mid-summer in Missouri; then, start all my seeds about August, having the seedling well along by the beginning of November. The seedling can then be transported to Florida, ready to be planted into the garden upon arrival in Florida. Then come March, start all over again with what will be planted into the Missouri garden. That's the plan anyway... Rolling my eyes.

My favorite things in the garden are heirloom tomatoes, peppers, and herbs. I also have a nice asparagus patch up in Missouri, and have started some tomatoes, chilies, rhubarb, fava beans and fennel in Florida, more or less as a learning exercise.

Through an incredible stupid move on my part, I recently lost my entire seed inventory to mold. So I am slowly trying to rebuild my seed stash. I see I just missed what looked to be an incredible seed swap. Sad Recently I did participate in a big pepper seed swap, so my pepper stash is looking pretty good. If any of you wound up with an abundance of tomato seed from the last swap, or have some old seed, and might be interested in some pepper seed in exchange, I would be most grateful. Just let me know, and I will be happy to post a list of what I have. In fact, even if you don't have any extra tomato seed, but are looking for peppers, again, let me know. I would be most happy to share whatever I might have.

I guess that's about it for now from sunny, 70F Florida. Take care everyone, it's good to be here...

Mike - I can highly recommend retirement - Biondo
Feb 6, 2015 12:47 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
Hi Mike!!!!!!!

Glad to see you made it over. The gangs all over here.

Feb 6, 2015 2:30 PM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
Hi Mike -- this is my first full winter down here, DH bought in Leesburg back in May. We are originally from the Northern IL, but summer in Lake Delton, WI [40 miles NW of Madison].

I know a few that are in Osage Beach, MO

Bummer you lost all your seeds... Is there anything in particular you are looking for? I'm sure I'd have some seeds to spare....
Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
My Email is my userID at

Feb 6, 2015 3:00 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
Tcs You and Mike both kind of doing the same thing. Starting down here and carrying back home. Should be fun for the both of you learning to garden in a a whole different zone. Big Grin
Feb 6, 2015 3:06 PM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
definitely learning curves....
Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
My Email is my userID at

Feb 6, 2015 6:06 PM CST
Name: Deborah
Orangeburg, SC Zone 8a
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff!
Welcome, Mike. I'm sorry about your seed loss. I'll look for any extras I have or won't be able to grow and pass them on to you. I hope that you have a successful gardening year in sunny Florida. Smiling
Feb 6, 2015 6:31 PM CST
Name: Mike Biondo
Tampa, FL (9b) Nov-May
Missouri Ozarks (6b) May-Nov
Terese, thanks for the offer of some seeds, much appreciated. I've been participating in some "peppers-for-tomatoes" trades and slowly building my tomato seed inventory back up. So I should be good for now. I figure I'm pretty much running out of time to get anything started for the Florida garden, but come March I'll be starting up a bunch of seed to take back to Missouri.

I do have a pretty good selection of pepper seeds, so if anyone would be interested in any Pepper-for-Tomato trades please let me know. Or, if anyone is looking for a particular pepper, if I have it, I'll be happy to share.

Feb 6, 2015 7:20 PM CST
Name: Ron
Naples, FL

Hey, Mike!

Welcome to Florida!

I'm originally from Ohio, but have lived here in Florida for 35 years now. I don't snowbird back and forth; I'm stuck here. I lived in the Tampa area for several years, but am now rooted into the country-residential area outside Naples.

This was my first year at the swap, but it was incredible, so I'll be back. As Ella mentioned, this is a great group of people here, the long-timers and the other newbies as well. I managed to pick up a few types of peppers at the swap, and am really excited about those. Hurray!

Unfortunately, since this was my first swap, I don't really have much of anything to share right now to help you out. Wish I could. But I'm sure you'll get a lot of help from others here. Did I mention this is a great group of people here? Thumbs up Big Yellow Grin

Feb 6, 2015 10:17 PM CST
Name: kacee
southern california
Hi Mike- I have tomato seeds, are you looking for anything in particular? any type in particular? send me a cmail if interested and I can let you know what I have. dont need anything in return, just postage for the seeds
Feb 7, 2015 10:58 AM CST
Name: Mike Biondo
Tampa, FL (9b) Nov-May
Missouri Ozarks (6b) May-Nov
Mornin' Folks!

Thanks again for the Welcome's...much appreciated.

And a very special ***Thank You*** for all the kind offers of seeds. Recently a few Pepper-for-Tomato seed swaps have come up that I've been able to participate in, so I'm doing pretty good for now with my tomato seed. But again, I can't thank you enough for the offers.

As I mentioned above, again through swaps, and he generosity of others, I have a pretty good pepper selection. If there are any chilies/peppers you think you might want to grow this season, please let me know. If I have them, I would be most happy to share...


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