Generally my posts are how-to in nature but with the gardens in full bloom, I decided to share some photos and a bit of history.
These gardens have been a work in progress for 10+ years. Originally this was all a farm and typical of Vermont, the land is still filled with rocks and the soil is clay-hard. This year, despite 5°F temps in early April (after 2 weeks of 60° days), a very hungry woodchuck, an extended bout of high heat and very little rain, and a family of rabbits who managed to get into the fenced in garden but haven’t figured out how to get out, the gardens are doing remarkably well.
When we moved to this home from an older farmhouse further north, there were only meadows of milkweed and golden rod. So, we started with a clean slate – always a bit of a challenge!
This spring we had a few set backs, with some extremely cold temps in mid April after a few weeks of 60° days. To our surprise, we didn’t loose too much!
I grow only plants that are tough and hardy. Any that don’t survive the Vermont winters or our on-again-off-again springs are replaced with something more dependable like Flower Carpet roses or Volcano phlox.
With the diminishing number of pollinator bees and Monarch butterflies across the US, we’re doing our best to maintain our meadows which are filled with milkweed (essential for Monarch survival), to grow plants that attract the bees and butterflies, and to refrain from using any sprays – even organic ones – that would destroy these beneficial insects. Believe it or not, with the right choice of plants, it’s entirely possible to do!
Our vegetable garden carries us through the summer and into the fall but isn’t too large. The dill plants are all “volunteers” from last year, as is the massive 6-foot-wide borage plant (in front of the composter). Even though it hinders entrance to the green bean trellis, I’ve let it stay because the bees are constantly there and my hope is that they’re pollinating the cucumbers, beans and squash.
We’ve indeed very fortunate to live and garden in this lovely part of the world.
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Happy Gardening all!