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.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

March garden view - first day of spring!

aerial march 20 2011

Its a beautiful day today to mark the first day of SPRING. I had to open my cold frame doors to lower the heat (it was up to upper 80's inside, 60's outside). I worked in the area around the frame and soaked in the sunlight and warmth myself. There are still deep shadows as the sun is still low to the south, but its angle is increasing. I raked the leaf mulch off of flower garden next to the cold frame and cleared off the stone path. I was impressed at how many plants from last fall have survived very well. I found that my bee balm still has nice green leaves left from last year as well as many little new shoots poking up. And my roses are very healthy too. The benefits of deep snow cover, I suppose.

I found a hose in the garage, hooked it up and was able to give the plants in the frame a good soaking.

I haven't gotten the peas planted yet. Though the soil is thawed and workable, it just seems too shady in my garden beds still.



Blogger HAZEL said...

I love these photos of your garden from above. What a difference Spring is making!

March 20, 2011 7:32 PM

Blogger Kay said...

It was amazing here and I did a bit of gardening on the first day of spring as well! The little half oval path in your garden is really cute. Wishing you a fruitful season :)

March 20, 2011 7:41 PM

Blogger Sarah said...

I love seeing all the new growth in your cold frame! I got my peas planted here in RI today, the soil was lovely for it. Happy spring to you!

March 20, 2011 8:29 PM

Blogger Potted Farm said...

I like the aerial shot. Your big cold frame looks great!

March 21, 2011 11:25 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ooh, I like the arial shot! It give me a good idea of how to get my own garden a little more organized. Nice work!

March 22, 2011 12:06 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Preparing for spring gardening is a very exciting and exhilerating thing to do! I love your garden's setup.

March 24, 2011 7:38 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im with the majority on this one, your aerials are awesome! Is the U shaped walk new, what grows there?

I know last year you said you might share the cold frame plans if it was a success, are you still considering :D

April 01, 2011 8:59 PM


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