Moving to paradise? (Sacramento/foothills)
I've been lurking on your forum for some time now.
I don't live in California, but I think I am going to try to change that.
Sorry if this post sounds hesitant and uncertain - I'm not used to saying most of this 'out loud.'
SO has been itching to move out of New Jersey, so I went looking for an area that would make it worth my while to leave.
For a number of personal and professional reasons, but also in a large part for (edible) gardening purposes, I settled on the Sacramento area.
I am attracted (vs NJ) to the long growing season with its lack of humidity, sunny weather and presumably associated reduction in mosquitos and plant fungal ailments.
I'm also attracted to the growing zone, which I think will allow me to dedicate my life to the (possibly futile) quest to grow avocado trees while still accumulating enough chill hours for temperate fruits.
I was originally looking at the fertile soils in the valley, but the views available in the foothills have blown us away, so that's currently where we'd be looking for a property. Hopefully I won't be rappelling down a granite outcropping to tend my garden. :)
So the part you might think is crazy is that I've never been to Sacramento, really never been to California at all. I am aiming to fix that in the near future, but at the moment I'm just working off research and pretty pictures.
So this post is by way of an introduction, as I hope to join you.
But also I'd like to solicit some personal perspective on gardening in this area.
Is there anyone from Sacramento or the foothills that might be open to answering a few (dozen) questions?
Thanks very much!
~emmers from NJ