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.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Boston winter weather graph - brrr

Boston January 2009 snowfall graph
snow fall totals
On the front page of our local paper today (the Boston Globe) - byline "misery" - and the Channel 5 newscast.


Blogger Susan Tomlinson said...

Oh, misery indeed. :-(

January 29, 2009 11:14 AM

Blogger The Conservative Gardener said...

I've been watching pretty close lately because I'm gearing up for my spring/summer garden. As you know we had 3 days in the mid-twenties last week, which is pretty cold for us here in Central Fl. Well they're calling for 2 more days in the 20's this week! I don't think we've had ONE day in the 20's the past 5 years! Global Warming? Hmmm.

January 29, 2009 11:24 AM

Blogger Daphne said...

It has been horribly frigid this year. We were doing great until about the middle of November. That was actually the freeze I remembered best. I was thinking my lettuce would be great for Thanksgiving, but no it's been frozen solid since that one freeze hit. I'm still hoping it will overwinter, but with the bitter cold I'm not confident at all about what will be alive come spring.

January 29, 2009 11:39 AM

Blogger kathy said...

Don't you think with all the snow, there might be lots of overwintered vegetables underneath? I'm hoping to find some greens coming back this spring.

January 29, 2009 12:16 PM

Blogger Harmony said...

We lost all of our broccoli to cold weather this year before they had formed heads. That was depressing. Most of our cabbage pulled through, though, and it looks like our brussels sprouts are about to send up shoots. But we're expecting the big storm to hit sometime early next week. We might have to put our row covers up again, if only to protect from the ice.

I also wanted to plant my winter lettuce seedlings out next week, but with the storm coming that looks like it'll have to wait until the following week. I've been hardening them off all this week, but haven't yet left them out overnight. Oh well. They'll keep.

January 29, 2009 12:51 PM

Blogger Carol said...

Hi Kathy and Skippy
I've been reading your blog and a few weeks ago started my own. I'm in New Zealand, so thought you might like to see what could be happening in Skippy's garden in 6 months time!
I've been growing vegetables for a few years but still consider myself a novice... just trying to create a planting schedule for the year so that I don't fall into my usual trap of planting everything too late.
Hope things warm up for you soon!

January 29, 2009 2:17 PM

Blogger Sally said...

I'm in Boston too, and it was nice that the sun came out today and the temp was up around 40. As far as how this winter will affect the growing season...who knows. Sometimes a harsh winter inhibits the breeding of certain garden pests, and all of that melting snow can combat drought...

January 30, 2009 5:22 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Last year we didn't need to combat any droughts... But like you said, who knows about this year ...

January 31, 2009 8:25 PM


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