Originally Posted by FOAD
What part of the continental USA can claim the title of Best Vegetable Gardening Environment?
To qualify for this title, the place should have all of the following...
A year-round growing season.
An abundance of rich, loamy soil.
A supportive amount of natural rainfall, (lets say at least an inch a week.)
An absence of strong winds, pounding rains, and biblical hailstorms.
A low incidence of garden pests.*
A minimum of garden diseases.**
*While garden pests are unavoidable, hopefully this gardening paradise we all seek will not have armies of ravenous flea beetles, or truck loads of feasting tomato horn worms.
**Every location has some form of plant disease that is prevalent. Hopefully there is some gardening utopia out there that doesn't have persistent powdery mildew attacking all manner of cucurbits or horrible leaf spot ambushing defenseless tomato plants.
Well, it depends what you mean:
* Year-round growing season -
Flowering plants thrive here year-round
yes in winter with snow. Also veggies Sprout inside, & even without a greenhouse, in a coldFrame some veggies will produce.
* Abundance of rich, loamy soil
Remember to re
soil for success...
* supportive amount of natural rainfall - Yes.
* absence of strong winds, & pounding rains ? - sorry, those exist here too.
* few garden pests, nor diseases.
The PNW-climate hosts fungus, fungi, galore; - but even they can be kinda managed.
Tropical fruits here would be wonderful; but we are Thankful for all we are richlyblessed with.