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. But Skippy always stood by me and was a great friend. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps and garden with me. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees and berry bushes, chickens and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Friday, July 07, 2017

backyard garden

I used my cell phone for panorama photos of my backyard garden. It would be really cool to have curved raised beds like these photos.

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Thursday, July 06, 2017

buying fall seeds

I'd like to plant some carrot seeds soon for late fall harvest. I'm out, so I checked a couple local nurseries. One is sold out of all carrot seed, the other has sold out of all of their seed for the season. Few gardeners plant crops for fall. So I placed a nice big order from Johnny's Seeds. Five varieties of orange carrots and a purple carrot, a black radish, a small Chinese cabbage, purple stock flowers, red salanova lettuce, pickling cukes and teddy bear sunflower seed for next year, and dubuisson endive.

Fall crops I've already planted are Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and of course lettuce that I am planting about every 3 weeks. I've also planted Belgian endive (wiltloof) that I am looking forward to trying for the first time this year.

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Saturday, July 01, 2017

my first summer squash

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This is a great, early, and very and prolific yellow summer squash variety. Yellow Multipik. I harvested my first one today.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

boating

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When we're not gardening, we're out boating! Suzie (4 yrs old) is in yellow and Charley, my BIG puppy (10 mo) is in red. We're on out way out onto the pond.

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

today's harvest

harvest IMG_1357 OMG!! What am I going to do with all this lettuce? I have a a bumper crop this year.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

spring in my backyard garden

I haven't posted many of my photos recently, so I'm putting together some collections. This is my backyard garden from early April until yesterday. Spring.

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By the end of summer, there won't be any dirt showing.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

summer!

My backyard garden on the first day of summer.

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(The summer solstice 2017 in Northern Hemisphere was at 12:24 AM EST on Wednesday, June 21.)

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Monday, June 05, 2017

today's harvest

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Please go to Apple Store for the current update on Skippy's Calendar app. It corrects the bug on the fall date changer. Yes, it's time to start thinking about fall planting. I planted my Brussels sprouts a couple days ago. I'm hoping to have some for Thanksgiving this year. It seems pretty far ahead to plan for that!

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tomato seedlings are in

My tomato seedlings are all transplanted out into my garden now. Yeah!! Finally. It's turning point for me.

For many things, gardens included, preparation is most of the effort. By the time my tomato seedlings go in, my soil has been amended, the seedlings raised and hardened off, and my tomato supports are up.

But more than that, tomatoes are my big summer crop, and once they go in, all my spring beds have been prepared and planted, and my garden design changes have been done. This year I laid down new wood chips on garden paths and reseeded grass on the main path. I emptied and turned compost bins and rebuilt the one at my community plot. I've harvested greens so far, like lettuce, spinach, and arugula, but planting tomatoes makes me hungry for summer vegetables.

I outdid myself by planting 28 tomato seedlings between my home and community garden plots this year. Plus another eight for my mom in her garden. They are about 60% slicers and the rest sauce varieties. Mostly heirlooms, a few hybrids. I over planted and have 32 seedlings left over. My neighbors and fellow community gardeners always seem happy to take the extras.

So it's a time to celebrate. A toast to the coming summer vegetables. A hope for a productive season. And a rest with feet up (briefly) after the spring's work and before that of summer.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

App update, bugs fixed. Please go to the Apple Store and download the update.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Our updated vegetable calendar app is out!! Skippy's Vegetable Planting Calendar  We've added lots of new vegetables. 101 to choose from now. And each has an information sheet with planting information. There are still Spring, Summer and Winter planting seasons to choose between. Still the same simple to use format.

If you try it, let me know what you think. It's a little late in the spring planting season, but I'm still using it every day. And the Fall planting season starts mid-May, for long season crops like Brussels sprouts.

Friday, April 21, 2017

my garden in the rain - peas, asparagus, and lettuce

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The rain is cold and dreary for me, but my plants are enjoying it, it seems. Peas and asparagus are sprouting.

Earlier in the week, I planted a bed with spring greens. I have several colors of lettuce, so I tried to mix it up and make a pretty bed. I hope the pattern will be nice when it grows up. The bed has lettuce, spinach, arugula, kale, escarole, bunching onions, and a few marigolds.

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Other things going on in my garden are some nice big garlic sprouts and the last few heads of spinach, escarole, and lettuce left over from my winter tunnel.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

today's harvest

My first harvest of the year - spinach, broccolini and bok choi. It's from my winter tunnel. I planted in the fall, it over-wintered, and grew up this spring. We'll be eating lot's of fresh greens this week.


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Monday, April 10, 2017

sunning seedlings

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I'm so busy with my gardens, new bees, my dogs, and updating our vegetable calendar app that I'm having no time to post! It's been a week. I have some great photos from the past week that I'll try to add this week.

Today these little seedlings are out getting some sun on the patio. The sun is so bright that I'll give them a couple hours of it and then move them to an area with less sun.

















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