Gardening in Newton – the Garden City

Newton is the Garden City, so what could be better than gardening in Newton?  I love to garden.  It means time outdoors, low-impact exercise (or high-impact, if you tote hundreds of pounds of mulch, fertilizer, or stone around), and fresh food and flowers.  And it makes a great community activity – I’d love to see, and work on, more community gardens in Newton.

Gardening in Newton
New stonework
Gardening in Newton
Hyacinths after an April snowstorm
Rhubarb up in April, lettuces, peas, spinach, radishes planted
Rhubarb up in April, lettuces, peas, spinach, radishes planted

What I Grow
This has been a busy spring for me, and I haven’t put as much time in as I usually like to.  Even so, I’ve got peas about to produce, lettuce and radishes and arugula to eat, herbs I’ve been eating (especially cilantro and mint), and tomatoes flowering.  And three onion varieties – let me know if you’d like some Egyptian walking onions.  And more coming: spinach, beans, squash, cucumbers, more herbs, raspberries, possibly blueberries (they’re fussy).  My asparagus are done being harvested for the season, but they’ll be back.  And I have rhubarb.  Lots of rhubarb.  Sadly my strawberries are not ready yet, so I will have to console myself with quarts of rhubarb sauce, with no strawberries.  I will also try making rhubarb barbecue sauce, as no one in my house besides me cared for the quarts of pickled rhubarb I made last fall.

Gardening in Newton
Asparagus!
Gardening in Newton
Cardinal in my strawberries
Gardening in Newton
Turkeys. Can’t keep them out.

How I go about Gardening in Newton
To make all this possible, I’ve designed and built raised beds, I compost all of our food waste (except bones), I use our fallen leaves every fall for the compost, and I gather pine needles to mulch acid-loving plants.  I also use vertical gardening to capitalize on the limited space we have, and soaker hoses with timers to use water – and my time – efficiently.  I’m considering a second water meter, given Newton’s recent switch to that, and if I can I will get rain barrels installed this year.

In all, I cultivate about 200 square feet for veggies, and I grow a bunch of food.   Along with rain barrels, my next project for this year are cloches, for the fall.  And maybe a potato box.

Do you garden?  If you don’t already, it’s not too late to start this year.  Have suggestions or questions?  I’d be glad to hear from you.  I’m always happy to talk about gardening, and share tips and ideas.  I think I’m going to head out to work on it now.  Happy growing!

Gardening in Newton
Flower beds
Gardening in Newton
Deck boxes: flowers and herbs
Gardening in Newton
Irises

 

 

 

 

 

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