I enjoy your style of gardening. I also have to learn to observe nature in my Zone 8b-9b in Arizona. It’s important to work with nature not against it. You can’t make nature do something it can’t do. You use short season crops for your colder climate. I am also looking for short season crops that will mature before our 100 degree weather hits and am looking at gardening with the monsoon season here and in the fall and winter. Summer gardens just don’t work here.
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My name is Leigh Hurley. I've been a seed saver since the 1970s, and dabble with breeding edible plants. I maintain both rare heirloom varieties from northern New England, and rare open-pollinated varieties that perform well in my cold climate garden (USDA zone 3/4).
I've also been a yogi most of my life, and my work with plants is sasya yoga, part of my sadhana. My husband Phillip and I write books about esoteric yoga practice and alchemy, and small-scale renewable energy.
The Curse of the Golden Turnip airs every Sunday morning from about 6:30 to 9:00 am, Eastern time, on WDGR, community radio streaming live on the web from Plainfield Vermont USA.
Alan LePage, the host, has been a market gardener in central Vermont for more than 30 years. He's a pioneer of organic vegetable farming, knows his stuff and is fun to listen to. Join in the conversation, or ask a question.