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Friday, May 15, 2015

Planning your Vegetable Garden

My plan for my 2015 garden was to get "knee deep in the weeds" and start blogging about - my plan.
As I was online looking for new ideas, I stumbled upon several blogs. You know what, this blog Planning your first vegetable garden is just great. So why should I try to re-invent the wheel?

 Planting a garden with vegetables also gives you the pleasure of savoring a delicious, sun-warmed tomato fresh from the garden. In almost every case, the flavor and texture of varieties you can grow far exceed the best grocery store produce.Plus, growing vegetables can be fun. It's a great way to spend time with children or have a place to get away and spend time outdoors in the sun.
Learning what to plant in a garden with vegetables, and how to tend them for the best harvest, is probably easier than you think. If you plan it right, you can enjoy a beautiful garden full of the fruits of your labor -- without having to spend hours and hours tending it. Planting a garden that includes vegetables and flowers means you've combined natural companions, and that can turn a potential eyesore into an attractive landscape feature. 
Take it slow, don't get overwhelmed with all the information out there. Make it fun - don't make it a job. Most importantly don't spend a lot of money. Most people plant a garden to save money on their grocery bill and eat healthily. I like growing in containers. I use whatever ... from plastic buckets to fancy planters. I don't buy anything I look around my house, my basement and my attic. As long as it holds water - I'm good!  Check out some ideas I have on Pinterest. Start your own Pinterest account and save the idea you'd like to implement. 

Deciding What to Plant in a Garden with Vegetables

Determining How Much Space You Need

Picking the Perfect Spot


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Harold Parker State Forest: Andover Ma

People travel from all around, to visit this Harold Parker State Forest. Peaceful, tranquil and clean. 
Harold Parker State Forest, which lies in Andover, North Andover, North Reading and Middleton, comprises just over 3,000 acres of Central Hardwood-Hemlock-White Pine type of forest. The forest is twenty miles north of Boston and within one hour's drive of three million people. Recreational opportunities include hiking, mountain biking, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, camping and picnicking. The forest has over 35 miles of logging roads and trails and offers quiet seclusion to off-road hikers and bikers. Non-motorized boating is allowed on any of the 11 ponds. No horse, boat or bike rentals are available at the facility.
Park Headquarters
(main office):
305 Middleton Road
N. Andover Ma. 01845
Be sure to read up - loads and loads of information and more maps - located on the Massachusetts Harold Parker  webpage.

The map above  is of the Harold Parker State Forest, part of which is located in Andover. The forest was established in 1916, and was named after Harold Parker, who was a chairman of the State Conservation Commission.

Recreational Opportunities

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