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.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014


marking out garden-to-be 018 My husband and I shuffled through the snow to mark out the edges of my garden-to-be.

I'm getting prices for putting in nice fencing around the plot. I'd like 4 foot post and rail. I'll put some kind of wire netting behind it, like chicken wire, to keep the rabbits out. I'll dig it down 6 inches to keep the woodchucks out. Then probably an electric wire at the top (or a 6 foot extension of plastic fencing) to keep the deer out.

Alternatively, we've been thinking we may just go with light weight fencing and metal poles all around this year and put in the post and rail next year. That'll give me some time to see how the location and size work out before adding a permanent fence.

The snow is starting to disappear from some of the sunniest areas. The ground is showing along the little brook that runs behind may garden-to-be. Tomorrow, we have an inch of rain coming. Maybe that will melt more of our snow.

stream by garden-to-be 012 garden-to-be 007 new sprinkler head waiting by garden-to-be garden-to-be 019



Anonymous Marian (LondonUK) said...

It looks lovely Kathy, how wonderful to have the sound of a "tinkling" brook nearby whilst you garden or relax.
Marian (LondonUK)

March 13, 2014 11:20 AM

Anonymous Claire said...

Love the drawing plans of your garden! Looks beautiful (... even with the snow :) )


March 17, 2014 12:10 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been thinking of trying this fencing idea to keep out deer, rabbits, etc. (from the cooperative extension at the University of Maryland and Master Gardeners):

March 25, 2014 2:45 PM


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