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.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

skirt for garden bulletin board

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My husband made a nice skirt for the base of the garden bulletin board that a Belmont boy scout recently made for us. He used pressure treated 2 by 6's and filled with topsoil. I'm deciding what to plant in it. What do you think? Black-Eyed Susan's? Daffodils and day lilies? Native wild flowers like tansy or Joe Pye weed? A couple low blue berry bushes? Marigolds, cosmos... sunflowers.... there are so many choices.


Blogger Jeremy Marin said...

Sunflowers are too tall and will prevent people from reading the notices. Tickseed (Coreopsis) will fill it in nicely, stay low to the ground so people can read the signs, and is native.

May 30, 2011 8:47 PM

Blogger Vanessa said...

I say plant a perrenial that will provide nice color all season and that won't require much care so that you can focus tending your plot. Or an anuual that will easily reseed itself year to year.

May 31, 2011 9:59 AM

Blogger Kristin said...

Nasturtiums are neat, though they are planted from seed. They fill in really well, and the best part is that the flowers and leaves can be harvested for salads!

May 31, 2011 11:30 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am thinking of blueberries as you can control the soil Ph and birds easier in the box but looks like you can only fit in 2. Marigolds are my faworites as I use them all over my garden as companion plants.You will get lots of seeds from that litl area and keep bigs avay ;)

May 31, 2011 2:01 PM

Anonymous Tina said...

I would suggest native wildflowers that attract the beneficials. It serves a great purpose and can be educational as well (you could even include a little educational plaque if you wanted to get fancy.) Also, sunflowers are all sized, so you could definitely include some of the dwarf varieties. :)

May 31, 2011 4:20 PM

Anonymous Marian(LondonUK) said...

Hi there, go wild, go for a mix. Bulbs that will pop up in Spring a couple of stand-by perennials and then some seasonal interest. We did some Californian poppies, they are really hardy, (albeit free form weedy) and the insects love them. We have Foxgloves ( digitalis) at the moment self-seeded, the bees are going mad! Does your husband go trans-atlantic with his carpentry skills!!

Marian (London UK)

May 31, 2011 4:22 PM

Blogger fleur said...

foxglove would be pretty for sure, maybe echanacea flowers? How about hummingbird attractants or butterfly flowers? passiflora to climb up the side posts?

June 01, 2011 4:02 AM

Anonymous Lynn Mc. said...


June 04, 2011 3:50 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yikes! It's very pretty, but please limit planting to flowers and only those you are not planning to eat! Pressure treated lumber can contaminate food for a number of years. No blueberries, I hope.

June 12, 2011 6:17 AM

Blogger kathy said...

For many years now, at least a decade, pressure treated lumber has been non-toxic and safe for growing edibles. It is the old arsenic procedure you are thinking of. Lots of on-line sites you can check to read up on this.

June 12, 2011 10:39 AM

Blogger kathy said...

I am enjoying reading all the suggestions!!! Thanks. I haven't decided on one yet. But will post a photo when I do.

June 12, 2011 10:40 AM


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