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Old 04-21-2008, 06:48 PM
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It's too bad you can't handle the heat and humidity... because you can garden year round, enjoy a low cost of living, and there is plenty of wide open space!
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Old 04-22-2008, 06:34 PM
Location: Apex, NC
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I'm biased toward Boones Mill, Virginia We seem to enjoy 4 perfectly balanced seasons here.

Spring (forgive the clutter):




It snows a handful of times a year but melts off in 1 to 4 days.

Annual rainfall is 44" but there are notably more sunny to partly sunny days compared to New England (although fewer of course then the desert or arid midwest).

Here are some other photos of garden stuff I've taken over the 3 years we've been here:

Butterfly bushes as big as SUVs and right under the path of migrating monarchs - a good combination:
http://www.pecorfamily.com/Blog_202006_2D09_2D28_20Monarchs.jpg (broken link)

It's almost October and the annual morning glories are going strong, the tomatoes, cantaloupes, cukes, etc, are still overwhelming us!

http://www.pecorfamily.com/Blog_202007_2D09_2D22_20Morning_20Glory.jpg (broken link)

Boxwoods, sage, scarlet firethorn, trumpet vine, maples all likey the climate:

http://www.pecorfamily.com/Blog_202007_2D09_2D24_20Mulch.jpg (broken link)

We got clematis started on the trellis after this photo was taken:

http://www.pecorfamily.com/Blog_202006_2D09_2D07_20Landscape1.jpg (broken link)

Hope this helps and amuses!

http://www.pecorfamily.com/Blog_202006_2D09_2D07_20Landscape1.jpg (broken link)
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Old 06-06-2010, 12:31 PM
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Another area to check out might be southwestern NM. I live in Silver City, a town of about 11K, with a county population of 30K ( I have no idea where the 19K other people are???). It is under 2 hours from Las Cruces and 3 hours to Tucson. Elevation is 6000 feet and the growing season is 174 days. It is a great area for off the grid living due to passive solar housing working great here. It is very remote - which has its charms and detractions - but the weather is simply fantastic, the sky beautiful, and the air is pristine. We stumbled upon it after leaving the Seattle area (which I loved).
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Old 03-19-2011, 04:20 PM
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Oh my gosh, I had to check to see if I had sent this message! We live in N Idaho and have had a big garden every year. We live 30 mi south of Canada, small town.. but the winters are just too much for us and we too are doing exactly as you are. Whittling away at our debt, working towards buying a home somewhere where we can raise our own calves, pigs and have a big garden. Too we are looking for the situation you are referring to. We are about a half hour from Sandpoint Idaho. If you don't mind snow in the winter for about 3 mths, you'll love it. We're north of that.
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Old 03-19-2011, 04:24 PM
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I was born in Roseburg, Or. Great place for gardening, plus their fruit stands sell very low priced produce all summer long for those that don't put in a garden. I made a year's worth of pickles from getting the cukes at the stand. Their apples are to die for.
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Old 11-19-2011, 10:03 AM
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Sounds like your missing the majority of the country in your discussion. Im from Kansas City. Obviously too short a season with also very hot summers. Check out Virginia. Great economy, cooler climate, long growing season,plenty of options for country living without BLM barriors.
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Old 01-29-2012, 02:15 PM
Location: Anchorage
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I know this thread is old but I wonder if the OP realizes that Montana and Wyoming routinely get very very hot in the summer?
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Old 09-08-2013, 10:26 PM
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Hi, any update on what happened here? It's now 9/8/13...We're looking in OR/WA to be within a half day's driving of Portland. In Fairfield area of CA - it's too hot for me, too expensive in the rest of CA. Was downsized recently...so we're looking for a less expensive place to be, to do the gardening bit and maybe part time work somewhere. Can you post where you ended up and why? Thanks muchly!
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Old 09-10-2013, 12:51 PM
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Wow. Thread opened April 2008. Last post by the OP was June 2008. Hasn't been around CD since.
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Old 01-13-2019, 08:06 PM
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Does anyone have the same criteria but has good schools? We currently live in NJ, with super high taxes, but the public schools are amazing. We'd love to live somewhere where we could have a few acres, smaller house, garden and be outdoors most of the year, but within 2 hours of a major city.
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