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, December 20, 2013

first draft of my 2014 garden plan

2014 Garden diagram V1

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Blogger Connie said...

oh it's so big! I can't wait to see what goes where!

December 20, 2013 4:31 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so exited about this. Will be awesome :]

December 20, 2013 7:58 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

what a great garden! but may I offer a suggestion? I have a raised bed garden about the same size. I regret the 4-foot-wide beds...3 feet would have been much easier to work, but I understand the fierce desire for as much space as possible. Also, you may want to consider a hardy kiwi for over your arbor...they're prolific and they taste great!

December 21, 2013 8:33 AM

Anonymous Judy O. said...

Will you be pumping water from the pond?

December 21, 2013 11:07 AM

Blogger Bren Haas said...

Skippy ... you totally inspire me with you gardening shares. I'm a huge fan of your garden site and nominated you for the Sunshine Award

December 21, 2013 3:53 PM

Blogger kathy said...

I've had two gardens now with 4 feet wide beds, and this is what works for me. I rarely work the beds from the paths - I use boards that I lay across the beds width-wise that I use to stand/squat on and work the beds. The boards provide dividers to the patches of crops. It seems it would be hard to plant large crops like squash, potatoes, corn in 3 foot beds. But maybe its a preference/style.

I will make larger paths in my new garden, as I want to be able to get the wheelbarrow in and to be able to rake the paths. Also, since I plant intensively, wider paths will help force me to leave some space. In the past I have have 8-12 inch paths, but am planning 15 inch paths, and larger on the main path.

Now that I have a draft diagram, I want to go down to the garden area and make some more measurements and draw everything to scale better. Hopefully I can do this before the next snow storm.

December 21, 2013 5:57 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Sunshine, Bren! That's awesome. Thanks!

December 21, 2013 10:58 PM

Blogger kathy said...


We had a spigot installed this fall that will give us Town water for the garden. This seems more enviromentally conscious. I don't want to use up pond water and don't want any of my garden runoff going into the pond. The runoff will all be organic, but still want to reduce any impact on the local wetland. Thats one reason for goign with raised beds, less runoff. We will lay timbers just inside the fence ( a 5 foot deer fence) to also contain runoff.

Lincoln Town water comes from another local pond - Flints Pond. Actually, I don't know why it is better to use this water. Of course it costs more, it's pumped over here. I suppose even if our runoff doesn't go directly into the pond, it will seep into the ground and eventually make it into the pond.

We will continue to thi nk about this.....

December 21, 2013 11:08 PM


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