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. But Skippy always stood by me and was a great friend. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps and garden with me. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees and berry bushes, chickens and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

garden plan

garden plan
Here's a drawing of my current plan for my community garden plot. (It's almost legible - my writing is not the best.) I've changed from rows to beds. I'm going to experiment with companion planting this year, so I hope to mix in herbs or flowers with many of my crops.

Sally Cunningham the author of Great Garden Companions recommends tansy with beets. I have some nice tansy sprouts from winter sowing. What do you think about putting this aggressive (and pretty) plant in my plot? Tansy may repel potato beetles and squash but more importantly and it attracts a broad range beneficial insects.

gardenplan
garden planning (drawings and diagrams)

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Anonymous Shala said...

We are gardening with rows this year, but I got a book that talked about bed gardening or wide row gardening and I want to do that next year. I can't wait to see how your garden progresses! Since this is our first year gardening I already have a list of things that I want to change. haha. That list will probably change a million times before next spring.

April 21, 2008 4:29 PM

 
Blogger kathy said...

Me too. I make plans and change them. Why not!

(By the way, I don't know if I've already mentioned but I love your blog.)

April 21, 2008 9:26 PM

 
Anonymous Janet said...

Be careful with the tansy -- it can be very, very invasive!

April 22, 2008 12:08 PM

 
Blogger kathy said...

I've decided to keep the tansy out of the vegetable areas. I have a separate area at home of flowers only where I'll put the tansy.

I figure my neighbors at the community garden wouldn't be very pleased with the tansy. There's a lot of concern about neighbors who spread weeds.

April 26, 2008 7:42 AM

 

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