This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

garden plan

This is my plan for this year's vegetable garden. I think I'll increase my space by removing a large rhododendron and a yew that are growing in an area against the house with full sunlight. Like my seed order, I'll probably revise this plan several times. Then who knows if I'll really follow it. But it does give me some sense of how many seeds to buy.


garden planning (drawings and diagrams)



Blogger Carol said...

Nice plan, I'd take out those shrubs, too, to make room for the garden.

January 19, 2007 6:39 PM

Blogger carletongardener said...

Thanks for leaving this comment! I'm going to have a hard time actually removing the bushes because they are big and very happy and healthy. It seems wrong to remove a happy and healthy plant. But I hate the color of the rhododendron flowers (magenta) and the variety is big and scraggly and needs alot of care/pruning every year. I figure if I later decide not to grow vegetables in this area, I can plant some nicer variety of rhodo or other shrub. Anyway, thanks for being supportive!

January 20, 2007 10:05 AM

Blogger Petunia's Gardener said...

I always struggle with removing happy plants, but when I have done it, I've not regretted it. Which way is north on your design? I keep trying to decide if I should change my beds from running E&W to running N&S. E&W seems to be working, but just wondering what others do. Thanks.

January 28, 2007 8:15 PM

Blogger carletongardener said...

The top of my garden diagram is east. My beds run N-S and I like to run the rows N-S. I think this uses the space best and looks nicest. I'll have think about it more, but I think off hand that your E-W rows would give more total sun to the plants in the spring and fall when the sun is lower, but the sun will be on one side of the row. In my N-S rows, the plants will block each others' light more in spring and fall. In midsummer, I think my N-S rows will give better sun exposure. An interesting thing to think about!

January 29, 2007 6:26 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you really can bring yourself to dig out those healthy rodos may be you can find some one who would find a space for them. May be some one witrh a couple of acres out Boxford way.

February 26, 2007 10:24 PM


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