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Our new homesite at Mango Knoll Court
March 20, 2016. After twenty years of tending our Pennsylvania garden, it's time to say goodbye. I moved to Texas this winter for a new job; Amy and the kids will be following me down in July. We'll all miss our "Lush Gardens", where we planted our first trees, watched the kids grow up (as well as the trees we planted for them when they were born), and engaged in grand projects such as our swimming pond. I'll miss the plant sales I used to put on, and the thousands of seedlings I would start in the basement every winter (no basements in Texas!). So I hope that whoever comes to live in our home after us appreciates (or at least tolerates) some of our garden features. Many dozens of trees and hundreds of perennials are hoping for life after Rob!
Of course Texas will offer its own horticultural opportunities, albeit on a smaller scale. Contrary to the notion that everything is bigger in Texas, lot sizes in new communities are definitely not! We decided to build in a brand new development called Harvest Green, which focuses on a farming and gardening theme. There will be lots of green around us, but the fenced-in lot (the photo here shows what it looks like in its pre-construction stage) is several times smaller than what we're used to. That means we'll have several new frontiers: Gulf Coast gardening (heat, humidity, and bugs, along with gumbo soil!) and square foot gardening (which might be an interesting challenge). With all that, I sincerely hope that there is a Rob's Plants - Texas Edition on the horizon – but until we're settled and can start tending the new garden, the site will stay Pennsylvania-centric, and updates will be sporadic for now.
Speaking of Pennsylvania – there's an exciting new development in the Lehigh Valley! Thanks to a handful of enthusiastic volunteers, there is now a LV chapter of Plant a Row For the Hungry. They are in startup mode right now, and very much looking for additional participants. I'd give more details here, but their own website does them much more justice than I could. Please consider planting a row of edibles in your garden this year to support this worthwhile initiative!

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