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.

Friday, April 30, 2010

marked out plots

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Most of these are about 20 by 20 (feet), I think. We didn't measure. We laid them out in a ridiculous wind. The string and stakes were almost blown away. Nonetheless, I think the paths are nearly straight and the plots are fairly even.

16 new plots for 16 new gardeners.



Blogger Dan said...

The earth looks nice and dark. Can't complain about 20x20 either!

April 30, 2010 10:19 PM

Blogger Michelle said...

It looks great so far! I wish you were closer...I'd sign up for a plot! I'm loving that you've included bees at the garden...great idea.

May 01, 2010 1:23 AM

Blogger Robin said...

Rich looking soil! Nice to add more plots to the community garden. I am on a waiting list to get a plot here. Hopefully next year!

May 01, 2010 6:53 AM

Blogger ~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

The hope of a new garden. Wonderful.

May 01, 2010 9:27 AM

Anonymous Lynn said...

This is awesome. I love visiting community gardens. They inspire me to keep on growing.

May 01, 2010 4:25 PM

Blogger makhappy522 said...

Looks great, and no weeds! Our community gardens in Woodbridge, CT is awful! They give you a very ragweed infested plot, don't get the soil ready, and now this year, no water! The pipes are broken!! Wish ours was run like yours! Still digging up ragweed roots!!!

May 02, 2010 9:04 AM

Blogger Carlee Neumann said...


Do you know of a good source for rhubarb and asparagus crowns? Is it better to ask someone for divisions of theirs or to start fresh?

Thanks in advance!

May 02, 2010 3:36 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Here, the rhubarb is freely available by asking around for divisions, but the asparagus you should buy by mail order.

I have a rhubarb I can divide if you are at BVG let me know.

May 02, 2010 9:28 PM

Blogger kathy said...


This soil will require a lot of work. The town has layered on loam and compost (nice, and thank you to our supporters!), but underneath soil is not great. The new gardeners will have to work hard to initially turn this rough soil and then should add lots of amendments yearly. Weeds are a FACT in gardens. Gardens have weeds. This soil is only weed free because fresh compost was spread by backhoe tow days ago.

Have fun in your plot! After every season of hard work, the soil will be better the next.

May 02, 2010 9:37 PM


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