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

Tuesday, July 22, 2008



Here's yesterday's harvest. Skippy and I went out to our community plot with a big empty bag and came home with it full!

At the very far left is a little bit of spring broccoli that is still producing florets. Then come some tricolored radish that I just started pulling. They are very pretty and perfectly spherical. The cukes, a pickling variety and a slicing variety called Rocky, and are coming in fast now, though they are still small. I try to pick the summer squash small before it gets out of hand. This harvest has two patty pan (Starship and Sunburst). They are nice and sweet. I'm starting to pull lots of carrots now (I had a bunch more that I didn't wash for this picture). This variety is Mokum, my early carrots. My two other varieties are still growing. There are two varieties of beets here: Lutz (dark purple) and Chiogga (pale reddish). I cooked them tonight with their greens and the Chiogga are especially tender and sweet. At the far right are onions that are starting to bulb nicely. And last of all, a nice bunch of basil.

Its actually been several months now since I've been in a grocery store. That's one of my favorite parts of growing a vegetable garden. I buy meat at the local farmer's market or fish monger, and our milkman (Crescent Ridge Dairy) delivers dairy products. We make an occasional trip to Cost Co and that's all. We just eat lots of fresh summer vegetables.

I haven't photographed my lettuce in a while, but I've been supplying our salad bowl since May 31 without any purchased lettuce. My challenge is to make it through the summer heat. Last year I couldn't do this and had to buy it mid summer. Right now all of my spring sowings of lettuce have bolted and this week we'll eat the last of it. I'm hoping my Summer Crisp Batavian lettuce will be ready to harvest next week. This is a heat resistant crop recommended by Gretta, my local CSA farmer.

Daucus carota
beets (Beta vulgaris)



Blogger Jim Lemire said...

Very impressive! I particularly think the onion and carrots look superb. I planted my carrots late, so am hoping for a nice fall harvest. Maybe next year I'll add onion to the mix.

July 22, 2008 10:45 PM

Blogger Susy said...

Everything looks delicious! I'm hoping next year all my veggies will do much better (and I'll be better at successive planting of lettuces).

The carrot's look great! I just used an onion I bought at the farmer's market, didn't know onions could be so "crisp"!

July 23, 2008 9:16 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Kathy, Just got back from our two week Michigan summer sojourn and couldn't wait to see your garden progress - such bounty - delightful! The weather has wreaked havoc on gardens in the Upper Peninsula. The corn is 1/2 it's size for this time and tomatoes are struggling. We did manage to score squash and carrots from our favorite gardener/farmstand and made your fava beans recipe on the grill. Perfect!

July 23, 2008 12:46 PM

Blogger Adriana said...

Beautiful. I want onions like that!

July 23, 2008 1:24 PM


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