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, August 08, 2008
aerial view of my home garden
As usual, my garden path is wet since yet another rain storm is moving in this afternoon. I can't remember when I have watered the garden this summer. A very wet year!
I have lots of fall seedlings growing in pots now for the empty patches. Mostly greens will go here: arugula, endive, spinach, mesclun mix and many lettuce varieties.
Can you spot my pumpkin under the big leaves at the right? Its just starting to turn orange. I'll have to take its picture soon.
The healthy patch of blue-green in the center of my garden is kale. Three varieties: Tuscan, Winterbor and Red Russian. The leaves are really nice. The bright orange flowers are Cosmic Orange Cosmos. Lots of pole and bush beans are starting to fill in at the far right.
I'd like to figure out how to get a better "aerial photo" of my community garden plot. Hmm.
aerial views of my home vegetable garden
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Consider yourself lucky. I can't remember the last time I -haven't- had to water. :)
In Pahrump, NV we get 4.5 inches of annual rain a year. And I think we're severely below even that this year.
We too are getting swamped by water this week. I'm jealous of your tomatoes I see in a previous post. Mine are still not yet ripe. We need the sun!
Were is Pahrump, NV? Looks pretty dry out there! I will remember this as we float away here in the North East US. "Its all good!"
This is an unusual summer weather pattern for us. We're wetter than usual - sounds like Pahrump is dryer than usual.
Weather patterns are changing. Its hard to plan for this. If conditions are different, old varieties and methods don't work as well.
I'm glad to have two very different gardens for my tomatoes and glad some of my tomatoes got a slow start and were planted late. My late tomato plants are doing OK (i.e still have leaves on the vines, but like emily's are not ripe yet), the early ones are nearly dead from leaf spot fungus. Also I'm glad to have many vegetables in addition to tomatoes.
I think maybe its not the year of the tomato.
Pahrump is situated between Death Valley, CA and Las Vegas, NV. :)
It's one of the driest areas of the country, but the town is also on the biggest artesian aquifer in the nation; so even though we're always in a drought condition, we don't have restrictions on water usage.
Both of my gardens are on automatic drip irrigation systems with some heavily clay soil, so everything is still getting plenty of water. Just wish we had more precipitation. :)
It's a beautiful garden, as always. I haven't really had to water this summer, either. The rain has always, so far, fallen when we needed it. Not at all like last summer's "moderate drought".
Carol, May Dreams Gardens
It's beautiful! I'm jealous as usual :-) We've been getting a lot of rain too so I don't have to water... its actually almost too wet for some plants. But the cucumber, zucchini, and tomatoes are going full steam ahead!
How are you doing starting the fall planting?
Where's the pumplin? I can't see it.
I can't see the pumpkin either....
I don't know if it will be a "better" aerial shot, but have you tried Google Earth, zoomed in? It could be fun, in any case.
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