This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he always thought the garden was his. Even though I do all the work, he always stood by me. I'm located near Boston (in USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot and a backyard vegetable garden. I use sustainable organic methods and try to grow all of my family's vegetables.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

weekend gardening plans

Fence

Our plan for the weekend is to get a fence up around my new garden. (Hopefully we can do this in between the rain drops!) For now, we'll put a simple metal fence around half of the beds. I think we'll go with a 5 or 6 ft fence. We have lots of deer, so the main purpose of the fence is to keep them out. We also have raccoons and rabbits that I'd rather not share my vegetables with.

At the community garden I manage, we talk a lot about fencing. Our recommendation there is 4 or 5 foot metal fencing, with wood or metal posts. We like the 1 inch grid, stainless fence with a 12 inch layer of chicken wire or poultry cloth at the bottom, 6 inches dug in and 6 inches above ground. The tall fence protects against human theft, the dug in wire protects against woodchucks and rabbits. We dislike any type of plastic fencing as its not a sustainable option. Plastic is damaged by mowers and gets scattered in the local environment. While a little bit here and there seems innocuous now, plastic is forever. If we let it accumulate, it won't be pretty later. Our main criterion for fencing recommendation is that they are safe for gardeners using the paths. Secondary concerns are esthetic and environmental issues.

With my new home fence, I'll avoid plastic. Metal is more functional and long lasting. Over the long term, it degrades into an innocuous form and is a more sustainable choice.

Soil

We have a fantastic community farm near us and I've discovered they are a source for not only CSA meats, eggs and vegetables, but also for organic aged manure compost. Our plan to fill the new raised beds is to bring in local loam to fill beds within a couple inches of the top, then top off with local compost. I'll vary the amount of compost according to what I plan to plant: 1 inch of compost for root beds, 2 inches in beds for greens, at least 3-4 inches in beds for tomatoes, peppers, squashes, cucumbers and corn. I ordered a loam delivery for midweek, but we'll start bringing in compost this weekend.

Fruit trees

I have specific varieties of fruit trees I'd like to grow: Honey Crisp and Golden Grimes apples, Contender peach and a pie cherry. It will be fun to see what we can find in local nurseries this weekend.

Planting

I have seed potatoes to go in this weekend. Yukon Gold, Kennebec Red, Burbank Russet, and Adironac Blues. Also, I'd like to transplant seedlings of lettuce and other greens. Its time to start seeds indoors for pumpkins and winter squashes.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This sounds like a great weekend! Thanks for sharing what you are planting as it was a reminder for me to start and pumpkin seedlings indoors and plant so potatoes outside!

April 26, 2014 8:58 AM

 
Blogger kathy said...

I collected potatoes from a couple different sources this year, rather than mail ordering. So, I've been counting how many eyes I have for planting. Some are sprouted and ready to go ASAP, the russets and Yukon Gold are taking their time.

Yukon gold 12 eyes
Adirondak blue 9 eyes
Kennebec red 7 eyes
Burbank russetts 12 eyes

I will edit my community garden plan to fit in more potatoes. Looks like the pumpkin bed will be the one to suffer. I typically get good yields from the potatoes and love growing and digging them.

April 29, 2014 12:25 AM

 
Blogger gaelle levantard said...

Great blog and thanks for sharing with us what you are doing. Your gardening seems great as well. I also planted some vegetables at home (cucumber, herbs, ginger …). I found your blog really interesting with all your advices about gardening and makes me want to continue my gardening at home. Great thanks!

May 22, 2014 2:53 AM

 

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