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Liz C.

Seedlings inside the quest house for the night.


I am new to South Carolina and this year will have my first real vegetable garden here at my new home. I bought my seeds before I was aware that you all are "local" and just started getting catalogs and newsletters. I already know that there are things I will do differently next year.... but this year..


I am fortunate to have 3 large southern exposure windows in our guest house and I turned it into a green house plant nursery. Besides the wonderful sun I am able to heat it independently, it was a very nice environment for the seeds. Almost everything I started germinated, it was amazing. I started January 20, 2010. I am also now using cold frames I made out of moving boxes to get things ready for the transition outside.


I used many recycled items to plant my seeds in, tomato containers, mushroom boxes, yogurt containers and my favorite , the rotisserie chicken box!


I started 4 kinds of tomatoes, 4 kinds of peppers, 2 cucumbers, squash, egg plant, gourds, kale, Bluebonnets, sunflowers, marigolds, zinnias, nasturtiums, cosmos , herbs and many hyacinth vines, that are going to Glencairn Garden.. I am sure there are some I have missed.


I plan to plant only enough for my family to eat in my own garden and I will be sharing the seedlings with friends and Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church's Community Hope Garden in Rock Hill. If I am one of your 3, the gift certificate will go to use in the Hope Garden. We will supply fresh vegetable to the clients that seek help with food and utilities at the Hope House across the street from the garden.


I completed my Master Gardener training with Clemson, York County Extension this fall and will have my hours very soon to get my official certificate. Working with the community has really excited me to spread the news on just how easy it is to start things from seeds, and how inexpensive it can be. I have loved every bit!

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Taken on February 10, 2003