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, September 25, 2007


This is my favorite dahlia. A big soft orange one that my Dad started many years ago. The flowers are about 6 inches in diameter. Its a large vigorous plant that overwinters well. I have a clump taller than me next to my vegetable garden. The flower here is one of my Dad's.



Blogger Carol said...

and what a great color for a fall garden. Pretty!

September 25, 2007 9:12 PM

Blogger Doctor Mom said...

Lovely in the light! Would you care to share of your dahlia overwintering secrets?

September 27, 2007 1:42 PM

Blogger carletongardener said...

Its not really a secret. Its just a good variety, I think. I dig it after the first light frost and put it in a bag and hang it from the rafters in the basement. The hardest part is in the spring, when I try to find where I put it.

Neither my Dad nor I have been very successful with any other dahlias we've tried. My guess is the most important thing is good rich soil during the growing season.

If you'd like some of it, I'm glad to share. Any time after the first frost (middle of October?) I can give you some. You can email me at, which check occasionally, and we could arrange something, since your almost a neighbor.

September 27, 2007 9:05 PM


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