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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

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