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.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

aerial view

aerial garden view july 17 2007
I have some garden helpers who are removing the big old rhododendron at the lower right end of my garden. Its a several day project to chop it into pieces and pack them into garbage cans for removal. The bush was shading my tomatoes and potatoes quite a bit, so I finally decided it should go. It turned out to be a fun project for my garden helpers who just happened to have a new saw-type tool to try out.

My dad has looked into composting rhododendrons for me and the answer is - don't. The plant is toxic and compost from it can be detrimental to plants and soil microbes that would grow in it. In general, it seems to pay to be careful what you compost in the way of clippings and shrubs as many common ones are toxic. A list is here.

aerial views of my home vegetable garden



Blogger Connie said...

I love your aerial shots of your garden! You must have a two story house...or do you take them from the roof? I could use some 'garden helpers'...send them on over, ha.

July 17, 2007 11:52 PM

Blogger carletongardener said...

Yes, its a two story house. I lean out of the upstairs window. Its a good vantage for checking on my garden helpers. Helpers who like to do the heavy work in my garden are great!

July 18, 2007 10:28 AM


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