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, April 11, 2007

garden series

garden 12 views
These are aerial views of my garden taken one per month, between May 2006 and April 2007.

It makes me notice how short the growing season is: 4 months, July to October. I'd like to have more crops producing in May and November to extend the season.

Note added: I remember that I started my garden planting very late last year because it rained (poured) from about April 15 to May 15. I lost 90% of my beets and onions seedlings because of this. And now this April is very cold.

Another footnote: I started harvesting lettuce at the very end of June and my last harvest (carrots, beets and chard) was Thanksgiving - end of November. I suppose that's five months.

aerial view


Blogger Kathy said...

What a great view of a growing year! Can you do cold frames at all to extend the growing season a bit?

April 11, 2007 2:06 AM

Blogger carletongardener said...

A cold frame would be a great addition. I'm looking for some old windows to build one. I hate to buy garden things. I'd love to have a nice cold frame. I should get moving on this project soon.

I'd also like to find some good hoops and garden fabric (time for a trip to a garden center soon, or mail order). And I am using black plastic to warm the soil this year.

Finally, I have collected a number of cold weather vegetable seeds: kale, endive, escarole, beets and carrots.

April 11, 2007 8:36 AM

Blogger Blackswamp_Girl said...

What a wonderful series! I can't believe that your growing season was only 4 months long, though. I swear that it seemed like you were harvesting or enjoying something every time I visited last year. :)

April 11, 2007 6:27 PM

Blogger carletongardener said...

Maybe the summer is just more memorable for us gardeners.

April 11, 2007 10:00 PM

Blogger Ottawa Gardener said...

I love seeing the enthusiastic growth of veggies! Great series.

April 12, 2007 9:15 PM

Anonymous Liz said...

What lovely pictures - great idea!

April 20, 2007 6:52 AM

Blogger carletongardener said...

Thanks for the compliments. I love watching my garden grow!

April 22, 2007 9:14 PM


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