I’ve been in Jacksonville since 1990. Came down from Philadelphia to go to college at UNF and never left. In 2003 I married my lovely wife Kim and we now have 2 beautiful daughters, Madelyn 8 and Anna 4.
We’ve made our home in suburban Jacksonville, right in the heart of Mandarin. Unlike many of the newer homes, we’re fortunate to be in a neighborhood where the lots are a decent size and you’re not right up against your neighbor. We also back up to Cormorant Creek and the property right behind ours has a horse stable. I like to say we’re close to nature even though we’re only a 1/4 mile from San Jose.
I went to school for political science, got a job in the staffing industry and now work for a software company. Aside from gardening, I have a few other past times, including camping and working on cars, in particular my Bronco. The project that according to my wife and kids will never be complete..Well, they’re right.
Anyway, I’ve always enjoyed gardening and being outdoors. When I was younger my parents tried to do the hippy commune thing and bought a piece of property up in the mountains of southeast West Virginia. We essentially lived off the land for several years. We still own the property, and while I don’t get back there as much as I’d like to, I’ve tried to do my best to bring some of that to our home in Jacksonville and get my daughters interested in the concept of working the land..Not that I’m expecting them to become naturalists or homesteaders, but I’d like to impart to them the same love for nature that I have.
To be clear, I’m not someone who thinks society is going to collapse tomorrow, and my political leanings certainly don’t match the typical profile of the home gardener, composter and rain barrel type. I’m not a vegan nor do I drive a hybrid, but that’s what make me unique. I like the idea of being able to grow some of my own food and fruit and even save money harvesting rain. Who wouldn’t? All it takes is a little work.
Hoping to share some of my experiences with home gardening, what’s worked for me and what hasn’t, other sites I find useful and anything else I find interesting. If you like the blog go ahead and follow me. You can see my all my previous postings on the “Blog Posts” page. Thanks for reading.