Hi Everyone! Also - a big thanks to Scott . . . and all those who work on keeping this forum alive.
I am a newbee - but was drawn to the forum when I began to be interested in trying other pomegranate varieties, other than Wonderful and Grenada. Since then . . . I have found out that it is about much more than poms! What a great resource and friendly community. Thanks to all!
My screen name is KikiVA . . . but my real name is Karen Kinser. I am an artist - a painter, with a home studio. My husband and I live on 11 acres, comprised of swamplands (on 3 sides), a 3.5 acre man-made irrigation pond (dug to build a road), and about 5 acres of cleared land - on which we built a house 30 years ago. Since we first moved here - just south of Virginia Beach, VA - I have tried to grow many different fruits. Endless plum varieties. Apples. Peaches and nectarines. Paw Paws. Persimmons. Grapes. Raspberries. Blueberries. Cherry trees. Pears. Without SPRAY, it is virtually impossible to grow most of these. There are more bugs and weeds and fungi here in Virginia than you can imagine! As Capt. John Smith wrote back to England . . .
‘Virginia is a verdant HELL’.
He was right. But we keep trying. Just for the fun of it.
So . . . one day I decided to try Pomegranates. What the hell? Maybe they’d grow. (And I was tired of paying top dollar for a box at Costco, from CA, that may - or may not - be good ones.) I read that the pomegranate has few known pests. Easily discouraged diseases. Why not? And after several tries and a lot of ‘pot bound - in ground’ and die-back . . . we now have 2 healthy, producing trees. One is a Wonderful. The other, more productive and better tasting, is a Grenada. Or, at least, that was what it said on the tag. Now that I read more descriptions of ‘Grenada’ - I don’t think that is what I actually have. But, whatever it is . . . it’s great.
I have ordered 10 more varieties to try - and don’t expect that they will all make it. So, it will be a work in progress . . . and I expect, a lot of fun. I will keep you all ‘posted’.
I plant vegetables every spring & summer. I had my first gardening experience in 1973, as an art student at University of Florida, when I signed up for an easy elective with some friends. ‘Vegetable Gardening 101’ (or something like that!) And we had a ball! I’ve had a garden of my own ever since!
When we first married, in 1976, and lived in rental apartments, in Louisville KY and then, Williamsburg VA . . . we rented plots, in the community gardens, that were offered there. One summer, it was ‘me’ and a bunch of old guys in Kentucky . . . sharing gardening tips and weeding together! That was pretty funny!
A true gardening milestone, for me, was purchasing my first TroyBilt Pony rototiller! We owned that until this past summer, when we sold it to someone for a song.
Anyways . . . I am glad to be here. Glad to still be gardening. Glad to have found some kindred spirits with way more knowledge and experience than me . . . and glad to participate when I have something to say!
Thanks for being ‘here’. - karen kinser