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.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

my dad's garden is ready to go

dad's garden

My dad moved his garden a little this year, 3 feet away from the trees that are growing taller at the right. In the foreground he has already planted a few rows - peas and lettuce.

The deer fence isn't up yet, though I suppose that will come soon. The deer have been eating lots of tulips and iris around their yard. Its hard to defend the sprouts again these big hungry animals.

I'm planing to plant some popcorn and maybe potatoes and broccoli at the far side of the garden. My dad thinks he'll have some extra space.

my dad's garden

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8 Comments:

Blogger Ellie Mae's Cottage said...

Love your blog! I've been reading it since last summer and learning so much. I'm a new gardener. I planted my first veggie garden last summer and found your blog when looking for local gardeners. You inspired me this year to sow seeds indoors and to build a grow unit. I was late sowing the seeds and didn't start until the March 31st - but better late than never. Thanks so much for such an informative blog!

Thanks,
Jackie

http://elliemaescottage.blogspot.com/

April 22, 2009 12:02 AM

 
Blogger prue said...

It is so lovely to share the gardening spirit with the folks (and Skippy too!!!) Such a great, large veggie patch, and sheltered but not shaded by the trees. Hope you keep the deer out (no deer in this country, so never realised they were such a problem!)

April 22, 2009 2:01 AM

 
Blogger Heather said...

That looks like mighty fine dirt in your Dad's garden. What the heck is popcorn? This is now the main discussion of the morning around here. Will any corn pop, or only specific types? We're new.

April 22, 2009 9:40 AM

 
Anonymous Dawnie (CT) said...

That's great!

I've got a question Kathy; with the impending "heat-wave" (mid to upper 80's), should I go ahead and transplant my lettuce/spinach, green onions and broccoli, or wait until the HOT weather has passed?

April 22, 2009 2:20 PM

 
Blogger aliceb said...

Kathy and Dad...nice brown stuff! The hills are turning brown fast out here, must be something to do with the record setting temperatures in the bay area over the last couple of days (97*F). Happy gardening.

April 23, 2009 2:44 AM

 
Blogger Benners Gardens said...

Love your blog! you seem to have such a passion for gardening! Good luck with keeping the deer out...they are quite persistant critters:) I started working for a deer fencing company in PA called Benner's Gardens last summer, and I am still amazed by all of the stories that our customers share about their deer problems and adventures. It seems as if deer will do whatever it takes to get a nibble carefully tended fruits and veggies! I installed a deer fence this past august in a wooded area and I was surprised at how easy it was to install- it also seems like the best way to keep deer from feasting on all your hard work:)
Good Luck with your future gardening endeavors!

April 23, 2009 8:22 AM

 
Anonymous David said...

Deer and trees. I have big mature trees that shade portions of my vegetable garden later in the season.
The deer around here don't venture this far, despite the fact that I live at the edge of town. Besides, with two dogs, no other animal besides gophers and moles stand a chance --and even them sometimes ran afoul of the dogs.
Great blog. I hope your dad grows some great veggies this year.

April 23, 2009 10:48 AM

 
Blogger Mary Beth said...

We have deer issues right in the middle of a densely populated village. Dried blood (from the garden center) has helped my neighbor and I keep the deer away from the tulips and other ornamentals.

April 23, 2009 2:52 PM

 

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