Northern California howdy

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chickens_on_mars
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Northern California howdy

Hello to all, my name is Brian and happy to be here.
I'm looking forward to learning lots here and will help with info when I can.
I've a huge interest in my local native plants, but living in what is called the "Emerald Triangle" means I'm not hiking the back-counrty in the summer or fall.
Packs of seed are due to arrive over the next few weeks so I will most likely want to talk germination protocols soon.
Cheers...

AmyO
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Welcome to the forum...Chicken!! We'll be looking forward to hearing what you're sowing and growing!

Amy Olmsted
Hubbardton, VT, Zone 4

Hoy
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Hello Brian! A question - or rather two: Why should living in the "Emerald triangle" prevent you from hiking in the back country?  And why is that piece of CA called the "Emerald triangle" (think I have a clue, though)?

I'm living at the rain forest coast of Norway and need a machete to take a stroll in the garden when I return home from my summer escapades but that doesn't hinder me from travelling!

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Fermi
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Howdy to you, too, Brian!
Looks like you appreciate Karel Capek's work as well by the look of your "avatar".
Being in the "Green Triangle" does that mean you can grow just about anything?
cheers
fermi

Fermi de Sousa,
Central Victoria, Australia
Min: -7C, Max: +40C

cohan
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Hi and welcome!
Emerald triangle? Does that refer to some illicit crops??
Native plants are wonderful, and California is certainly richly blessed!

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

RickR
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Hi Brian,
Nice to see you here!

I usually take a week of vacation in October and go hiking around our cabin in northern Minnesota.  I get a little apprehensive then, as it is hunting season and most of the locals are out in the woods, too.  But certainly nothing like what you might encounter!

Lots of good info in the Seed Starting Chronicles 2011 and Seed Starting Chronicles 2012 threads.

P.S. I always wondered if people down under say "howdy".... ;D

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

chickens_on_mars
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Spot on Fermi, Capek is a big favorite of mine, RUR, War With the Newts, The Absolute at Large and not to forget among many other fun books A Gardeners Year, illustrated by his brother Josef.
As to the ET ref ahem... This is possibly the weirdest part of the world I have ever lived. Up can often be down, and what is legally wrong is right to the voters, police and county that would love to tax it. To sum it up, too many pot growers and their guns are destroying Mendocino National Forest. It is very dangerous to come near a grow, they shoot first and patrol the roads hearsing people. Ah well a strange place.
Brian

Northern Callifornia inland valley habitat zone 8b mild winters and some blistering summers.
Been down so long it looks like up to me.

Fermi
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RickR wrote:

P.S. I always wondered if people down under say "howdy".... ;D

Of course we do, Rick, we grew up on American TV! My previous partner's family lived in the country and that was the typical form of greeting.

Brian,
I had similar problems in Louisiana where venturing out into the wilds during deer-shooting (doesn't count as 'hunting' if it just involves laying bait and shooting the first critter that comes to feed!) season meant risking your life!
Stick to gardening, I say.
cheers
fermi

Fermi de Sousa,
Central Victoria, Australia
Min: -7C, Max: +40C

Lori S.
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Joined: 2009-10-27

Wow, scary stuff, Brian! 
Can't wait to see some of those California native plants... when it's safe for you to hike around out there, that is!  Welcome to the forum.

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Tim Ingram
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Brian - hello from the UK! I am learning more about the wonderful Californian flora so will be interested by your experiences. I have seen several references to Karel Capek now and haven't read him; I must remedy that. We used to grow Datisca cannabina, a very dramatic perennial and cannabis look-a-like...never tried cannabis though, sounds a wee bit dangerous!

Dr. Timothy John Ingram
Faversham, Kent, UK
I garden in a relatively hot and dry region (for the UK!), with an annual rainfall of around 25", winter lows of -10°C and summer highs of 30°C.
 

RickR
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I'm not sure Datisca cannabina would fool anyone up here.  ;)
I think more people are fooled by the False aralia houseplant (Dizygotheca).

Although not common, Canabis (not the good stuff) grows wild here.  And when I was growing up, the neighbors grew the sensemilla strain in the county park...

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

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