Hi. I would like to join your Forum - if it is OK.

Fairfield County, CT(Zone 6b)

Hi there. I live in Bridgeport, CT on a city (50 x 100) lot with my two cats, Holly and Wallingford. I have been in this house 3 years now and I have planted blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries in the back yard. In the front between the sidewalk and the curb, I have an herb garden using creeping thyme as a ground cover. I get to use part of my neighbor's yard to garden in and between the two of us we grew so many tomatoes that I canned about 10 quarts of sauce and made green tomato relish and chutney until I never want to see another green tomato!

I have lots of daffodils and now the tulps are starting to bloom. After the tulips are finished, the lillies take over that bed. From what I can tell - there is going to be quite a show this year.

I lived in Southern California until I moved to Connecticut 8 years ago - so New England weather and plants are still a bit of an unknown for me. I can use a lot of help and support and just plain old garden chats as I am the only avid gardener I know - so far . . .

I want to plant fruit trees and fruiting bushes this spring - any suggestions? (I like unusual things - thinking about Medlar, gooseberry, oriental persimmon, tea camilla, nanking cherry, bush chestnut.) Any ideas will be happily received.

Millbury, MA(Zone 5a)


Just wanted to say welcome to the forum. I can't imagine anyone saying that it wasn't okay for you to join! I don't post here that often myself, but do check in pretty frequently as I live in Massachusetts. After subscribing to DG for just under a year now, I'm beginning to realize just how much I DON'T know about gardening.

Good luck with all your gardening projects.

E. McCool

Southern, CT(Zone 6a)

Hello Yankeecat and welcome! I don't really grow fruit but pears, and apples (along with the berries you grow) are probably most fitted to CT. I'm sure someone more knowledgeable will come along.(I tried hardy kiwi and the vines are nice but no fruit after 5 years!)
Glad you joined us!

Mint Hill, NC(Zone 7a)

The gooseberry and a cherry will do fine but unless you have a big greenhouse on your lot, I think the others are gonna have to be forgotten about.

Fairmont, WV(Zone 6a)

Hi! Hop on in. :) I joined DG a month or so ago and it's the best $15 I think I've ever spent--very supportive folks, great advice, and best of all, the feeling that you're not alone in your gardening obsession. (DH thinks I'm nuts and most other people just get this glazed look when I start going on and on and onandonandonandon about my plants.) I'm new to gardening too, but that is totally OK here. You might want to check out the Welcome Mat forum for newbies, and direct specific plant questions to specific plant forums (the Nuts and Fruit forum might be useful for you too). I like to hang out in the NE forum because I'm from MA originally and I get homesick. :) I also used to live in SoCal...where are you from?


Fairfield County, CT(Zone 6b)

I'm originally from SoCal, too. I have lived in Connecticut for 8 years. I was hooked when I saw the tulip bulbs I planted coming up for the first time. I'm not too fond of snow - in fact I thought it was ashes from a fire in the sky the first time I was caught out in it. I have gotten over that.

I still have my fig tree inside for the winter and it is setting figs! It is right by the grow light for my seedlings - anyone know if the grow light is the stimulus for the fruiting?

Rhinebeck, NY(Zone 5b)

welcome, yankeecat. i'm pretty new here too, and can say that everyone is really friendly.

about those fruit trees...because you're in a city lot, have you thought about espalliering them against a wall or fence? It would save a lot of space and look great.

I'm thinking about doing that in my new vegetable garden. It's very stylish.


Southern, CT(Zone 6a)

Yankee, I think grow lights are necessary for fruiting (and often flowering) inside. I think That's why flourescent lights are good enough for seedlings but not beyond that.
That's great though, about your figs!

Fairmont, WV(Zone 6a)

YankeeCat--Laughed when I read your "first snow" story--I had pretty much the opposite occur to me when I lived in Santa Barbara. I stepped outside my classroom and smelled woodsmoke and said, Oh, how nice, it must be fall, and hey, is that snow? My students, who were all from SoCal themselves, warned me otherwise. :) (Thankfully nothing burnt that day but some grass.)


Fairfield County, CT(Zone 6b)

phuggins - You meant what part of So Cal am I from - not where am I from because I already said that. Duh! I went to high school in "the valley" - actually the far end - Sunland/Tujunga. I spent more than 30 years in Orange County, I started college and never left - the last 17 years I lived in Tustin. Never got too far from where I was born - Monrovia. What do you teach? I teach MS Office as an adjunct at a local Community College two nights a week and work as a sales analyst for a manufacturing company during the day.

Dave47 - Fig Tree - I think that I will just keep it in the house - it is SO heavy to get it back outside and then it always gets sunburned. Anyone have a suggestion for a low energy "grow light" that I can hang from the ceiling over it? (I'm SO excited about the figs!)

Chicory31 - what kind (clutivar I think is the word) of gooseberry do you have? The more read about them - the more confused I get. Will they fruit in some shade? Where did you get your gooseberry from?

daisygrrl - Espelliering fruit trees - yes, I did think about it - I am not sure how close I can plant the trees to the garage foundation without the roots causing trouble. I found a couple mail order nurseries that sell espelliered Apple trees. Some of the fruits I'm looking at are really bushes - so I figure they won't take up a whole lot of room if I feed them lots of compost and organic fertilizer.

Fairmont, WV(Zone 6a)

I teach biology at a small college in WV (after about 10 years of adjuncting at various and sundry other locations across the country). Sales analyst, I'm impressed, anything even vaguely business-oriented makes my brain seize up. :)

Fairfield County, CT(Zone 6b)

Don't worry phuggins - I don't know much about business. They hired me for my Excel skills.

Fairmont, WV(Zone 6a)

Well, you still got me beat there. :) My response to any computer problem is to complain loudly and then go out to lunch.

New Haven, CT(Zone 6a)

YankeeCat, it's too late for me to welcome you, since you've already given me advice twice! Glad you're here! We could start a new forum for city gardeners...I'm in New Haven.
I know it's not glamorous, but I'm growing a raspberry bush, and it is doing AMAZING. This is the third spring, and it is huge. Last year, I had raspberries for my cereal every morning for months (two waves--one in june-ish, another in september-ish), and this year I think will be a bumper crop.
I think the trick with New England gardening (or anywhere that has particular conditions, I guess) is not to wrestle with nature. I really want to plant pomegranates. Until I have a greenhouse, that just won't happen. Since you're from Southern California, maybe the raspberries and blueberries and stuff could be considered exotic??? This is what I'm trying to convince myself of--the "grass is greener" theory. (I'm originally from this area anyway, so it's a little harder)
Anyhow, glad you've joined up!

Fairfield County, CT(Zone 6b)

What about just starting a Thread in this group for city gardeners? I think it is a really great idea.

Would you like a blackberry plant? I have a huge Araphoe that has "babies" that I just pull out and throw away. It is semi-erect - I have it up against a chain link fence and nearly thornless. No lie - the berries were over an inch long last year and I had gallons. So many that towards the end of the season - I had nightmares about them. I'm guessing that they will produce when your raspberries are not producing. I have friends in New Haven and could probably even drop it off! You won't get berries this year because they grow on second year wood, but as long as we have enough chill hours - next year - watch out!

Greenville, SC(Zone 7a)

Yankeecat, Welcome to DG!

Northport, ME(Zone 5b)

A Yankee Cat, I mow my blackberries. I pick them and eat them but nobody wants a frozen bag full. Sure they want grapes or blueberries.My advice is don't try to grow them, they will produce more than you can use anyway. Welcome to DG. Everybody has an opinion. Just remember that's all they are. We might even listen to your opinion. Just kidding. Welcome aboard. Frank

Walpole, NH(Zone 5a)

Yankeecat, Welcome, I am also a new member

Long Island, NY(Zone 6b)

I'm still catching up to all these threads!! Welcome Yankeecat!! Great bunch of people here on this forum as well as DG!!

New Haven, CT(Zone 6a)

Hey, YankeeCat, that would be great! How nice of you! Let me find a spot for it...I have some room along a fence, and it gets about 6 hours of sun a day--do you think that would do it? It'd be nice to have a little variety in my cereal (and pies, and crumbles...) next year.

Fairfield County, CT(Zone 6b)

Meg_fw - I think that 6 hours of sun would be fine. I'm probably coming to New Haven Saturday evening. I can put a plant in a quart plastic pot and it can sit in there for awhile - if it needs to. Is there a way we can exchange phone numbers other than posting them in a thread?

Southern, CT(Zone 6a)

Yankee, You can email through DG which is called dmail. Click on Meg"s name next to her post and it will give you that option.

Menasha, WI(Zone 5a)

Hi Yankee - welcome!


Fairfield County, CT(Zone 6b)

Why thank you Mr. BigCity.

Wheatfield, NY(Zone 6a)

This is interesting. Most of the people on this thread were never heard from again.

Big welcome from me, too, Yankee ;0)

Fairfield County, CT(Zone 6b)

Oh-oh. But I did take a shower and brushed my teeth before I asked . . .

Menasha, WI(Zone 5a)

Actually a fair amount are still subscribers. I was here at that time, but didn't reply to all the threads.

Lower Hudson Valley, NY(Zone 6b)

Yeah - what happened, Cat??! Welcome anyway - I think you can rest assured we're not leaving. Maybe this will be a continuing welcome thread like Harper's perpetual birthday one??

Menasha, WI(Zone 5a)

Your first appearance I remember YC was your overall and compost pic.LOL

Happy Birthday Harper

Menasha, WI(Zone 5a)

I think I found my first NE post - 2/22/06

Lower Hudson Valley, NY(Zone 6b)

Wow - where did all those people go? Am I mistaken or do have no regulars from RI? Even VT.

Menasha, WI(Zone 5a)

Not RI anymore - Louise from VT and Candyce I believe. No other WI's either.

Lower Hudson Valley, NY(Zone 6b)

No - Louise and Candyce are NH. Pay attention, Al!! We did have one guy from VT posting on the veggie threads, but that was it.

Menasha, WI(Zone 5a)

Sorry - is that an insult then?

Lower Hudson Valley, NY(Zone 6b)

Of course not.

Menasha, WI(Zone 5a)

Good then, glad to know we are all one big family here in the Northeast.

Eastern Long Island, NY(Zone 7a)

We need Wisconsin, they make good cheddar cheese! I melt some on my hash browns every Sunday!

Lower Hudson Valley, NY(Zone 6b)

You can bring more WI people here, Al!

Southwest , NH(Zone 5b)

Al - I'm so close to Vermont, we can see the Green Mountains from the top of our hill if we look to the west, so feel free to make me an honorary Vermonter as well. That's a great state! I think Patti spends part of her year in Vermont.

Upper Hudson Valley, NY(Zone 5a)

I sometimes go to Vermont - I love the Mettowee Mill Nursery in Dorset, Vt. Oh, and welcome Cat - glad to re-meet you!! I thought I'd missed you when you joined but then I looked at the date and you joined the year before I did!! LOL Eleanor

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