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I was wondering if i could get any feedback on how successful gardens grew in this area. We are thinking of relocating but i want to make sure i live in an area where i can grow vegetables as well as fruits easier than in our catskill area home which is full of wet clay soil.<br>
I also hear that perhaps it is easier to grow vegetables up near Lake Ontario because for some reason the climate is milder. Fellow gardeners...please share your experiences if you can. Thanks<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">
 

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my mom lives in Fulton NY and has natural growing strawberries in one of her flower gardens.....she dosnt do a thing to them except water them and go pick them when they are ready!<br><br>
that is in Oswego County
 

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Well, having relocated from zone 3, I am really excited about starting a garden here next spring. Our place already has pear, peach and apple trees, and we're in zone 5, I think, which significantly extends my growing season. The soil at our place, near Keuka Lake, is somewhat rocky, a little clay-y in spots. Yes, it is milder up by the lake, zone 7, even. Cherries, apricots, etc grow well there. Most veggies will do just great in zone 5. I am planning on growing cherries, grapes, apricots and peaches at our place, too.
 

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as long as you manage them well they do good.. my parents and grandparents are very much gardeners... flowers and veggies.. and my dad has raspberries<br><br>
and we are fairly close to Lake Ontario.. only about a half hour away or so
 

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I don't know about zone 7, more like borderline 5-6. There are many successful farms around Rochester and my garden and fruit trees do extremely well with little problems other than weeds. Grapes, of course, also do well in the fingerlakes. Cornell cooperative extension <a href="http://www.cce.cornell.edu/gardening/" target="_blank">http://www.cce.cornell.edu/gardening/</a> is an excellent resource for any questions you may have.
 
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