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.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

rainy May garden

Copy of 028 This is my shady garden. I know it will have even less sun this year as those trees keep on growing.

The open cold frame gets the best light (5 hours of sun: 10am - 3pm). I'll plant tomatoes, peppers and eggplants in it soon. I have a pile of compost inside ready to spread and dig under. Yesterday I cleared the last of the winter broccoli and lettuce out of the frame, so its ready to go when the rain clears. The seedlings are soaking up the rain and waiting to be transplanted.

The far left and right beds get the least sun (maybe only 3 hours of midday sun, 11am - 2pm), plus they're shaded by the rose and day lilies next to they. In the far left bed I planted basil. Some peas are struggling along, but I'm thinking they won't amount to much. I'll plant shell beans in the far right bed soon.

The three middle beds get about 4 hours of sun midday (11am - 3pm). Herbs do well along the front. I've planted pole beans there and cucumbers on teepees. Some lettuce is growing well and ready for harvest soon. I'll plant lots of edamame soybeans soon - yum!



Blogger Jezibels ~ said...

I see you put in a few merigolds too, I put an entire flat in with my green beans and peppers to try and deter bunnies and other little furry creatures. We shall see if it works huh!

May 29, 2013 4:22 PM

Blogger kathy said...

I caught a great photo last year of a bunny eating a marigold flower.... Munch munch.

The best way to deter bunnies is a very good fence. And the babies are smaller than you'd think so it should be at least chicken wire size mesh. And they can find any hole you leave (good bye peas and carrots...).

May 29, 2013 9:05 PM

Blogger Jezibels ~ said...

UPdate*** I found a bunny in there, I scurried and shooed him out...for now. I have reinforced the wire fence with the coated chicken wire but where there is a will there is a way. Im giving up and just planting enough for the both of us ; )

June 01, 2013 5:16 PM


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