Garden photo reminder

Carrie Kirk's portable bucket garden.

Carrie Kirk’s portable bucket garden.

Thanks to Carrie Kirk, who describes her location as “the edge of Hole Pond,” for submitting the first garden photo.

She has solved some gardening problems (excessive rain or heat, bugs, hungry critters) by making her garden portable. She wrote, “There’s been so much rain since I planted my seeds. I lost a lot of my seedlings.” So she transplanted into buckets, which went from her porch to a picnic table–where Carrie’s boyfriend Ivan built the “shelter” pictured here for protection from too much rain.

“I grew up in the southwest where rain wasn’t the problem. It was a lack of it. So this is new to me.” Carrie reports that lots of rocks and holes in the bottoms of the buckets provide adequate drainage.



The Rudd family in Potsdam submitted this photo, saying "more sun would be appreciated!" Indeed.

The Rudd family in Potsdam submitted this photo, saying “more sun would be appreciated!” Indeed.

Remember: I’m seeking photos of gardens or any effort to grow vegetables and flowers this summer. We’ll be keeping track of our collective weekly progress with photos from around the region.

Send your pictures to me: and I’ll post those every Tuesday through the summer and fall. Please give me your name and location, and feel free to share any comments or observations you have about the photo or about gardening in general.

This first round of photos comes from gardens around the region during the week of June 10. Next batch of photos go up on Tuesday the 18th, so snap a picture this weekend and send it along.




"Morning fog rising over Unicome Farm, Town of Bolton" Photo: Harold Shippey

“Morning fog rising over Unicome Farm, Town of Bolton” Photo: Harold Shippey

I had a nice note from Harold Shippey who runs a farm in the town of Bolton. He thanked us for supporting local agriculture. Self interest, Harold. I’m a farmer, too!

By the way, I see the electric fence around Harold’s garden and I’m wondering if it’s designed to keep wild critters OR farm animals out of the garden, or both.

Which leads me to this question for all gardeners: what do you use to protect your garden’s borders from uninvited guests?


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