A Quick Trip to NC


I recently traveled to Havelock, NC for two months to train other Marines in my job field.  My weekends were spent driving around the area and admiring the gardens and colorful landscaping.  I found a some great picture opportunities for my digital camera, and a chance to show my wife and children this beautiful area. where I was previously stationed from 2002-2005.Bench 

One of the streets that I drove on provided an interesting find.  I spotted a home where the owners apparently purchased the front and back lots and used the rear lot as a garden.  I must admit that some jealousy ran through me for a few seconds.  The owners had also erected a bird motel consisting of numerous hollowed out gourds.  This is a great way to keep your natural insect control close at hand!


I even managed to find an elevated water barrel that was used to water a short row of vining plants.  This is something I have been seeing a lot of in gardening posts on various sites, and I am interested in trying this in the future.Water tower 

While my home in California, and most of the western US was in a drought, I was pounded with rain during the majority of my trip in NC.  During a trip to the local New Bern Farmer's Market in New Bern, NC, I was informed that there had been an incredibly long dry spell there as well.  I guess my arrival coincidentily marked the beginning of the much appreciated and needed wet weather.

  My time in NC was enjoyable, but it's great to be home again and tending to my own crops at Stone Hill Garden in sunny Southern California.  My summer crops did not fair so well with the intense heat, so I am hoping for a good fall/winter harvest.  Happy planting and picking to all, and feel free to visit us at FaceBook.

11/18/2012 7:00:21 AM

Dave, I purchased some materials to setup automatic watering, but I have not hooked it up yet. I will be sure to hook it all up before we take another family trip. In the past 5 years we have asked friends to water our garden in two different occasions when we traveled. Both times we came home to sickly looking plants. We have learned that other people just can't care for or take interest in our garden like we do. As for NC, it was great to be there again. I look forward to the possibility of being stationed there again in the future.

10/24/2012 1:39:07 PM

Tabatha and Shane, it is difficult to have a garden when traveling requires you to be gone for many days at a time. I have that same issue and as a result, I've set up watering on timers and don't have any animals. North Carolina has some beautiful country, doesn't it. I visited my youngest daughter when her husband was in the military and had occasion to drive through North Carolina. It was in the spring and everything was lush and green just like your picture. The blacktop two lane roads that snaked their way through the forest like terrain made for an awesome drive. It's good homesteading country. Have the best day you can in the garden.

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