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.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

happy thanksgiving!!


Anonymous Kelly said...

Your garden looks beautiful. Do you double dig your beds?

November 26, 2011 7:54 AM

Blogger kathy said...

We double dug my parents garden once because I ordered way to much compost. But other than that I never double dig. I think the less digging the better. I layer on compost in the fall and spring in the beds that will have crops that need rich soil. Then I turn the soil in these beds by hand (well actually by shovel) trying not to break up the structure too much - if that's possible. Then rack smooth. (I hate to think what happens to soil and worms when people use a rototiller.) I would do lasagna gardening but just haven;t been able to get myself to try something new. This sounds like a super method.

After double digging once, my parent's have gone for several years now without turning their soil at all. I'll have to ask my dad what he has done, but I think he just layers on the compost in the spring. Their garden has been super.

November 26, 2011 11:14 AM

Anonymous Donald said...

Hi Kathy: Im going to do Blackberrys next year i want to use a thornless variety, is there a variety that grows along the ground like Strawberrys, if i cant find a variety like that i will use poles. Blackberrys you get a crop 2nd year. We can now use the community garden year round so i want to put in stuff thats year round.

November 27, 2011 6:28 PM

Anonymous vegetable garden said...

Your garden is so beautiful I like the set up at the same time the vegetables looks great.


December 01, 2011 5:43 AM


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