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, April 17, 2009

the season's first patio dinner

grill candles on the table
grilling skippy in the dark

A lovely warm spring night was perfect for patio dining. Our first "dinner out" of the season. No fresh garden veggies, yet that will come.


my back patio

4 Comments:

Anonymous MarianLondonUK said...

Hi Kathy, looks great I love eating outside, hopefully we will be able to do it more this Summer, we only managed 2 bbq's as it was cool and wet. Can I spy a Martini or two?
Have a great Sunday.
Marian

April 19, 2009 3:23 AM

 
Blogger pjkobulnicky said...

I see asparagus on the grill. We have a ton of asparagus poking up through the soil. So, even though it is ugly and cool today in Ohio we are having rain that will push the asparagus up for a harvest in a few days. We have the English muffins, eggs and country ham in waiting as well as the lemon for the Hollindaise.

April 20, 2009 10:51 AM

 
Blogger kathy said...

I wish that was homegrown asparagus on the grill but it was shipped in from somewhere else.

I'm expecting a shipment of asparagus crowns any day now and the plot is almost ready for it.

Your spring meal sounds delicious!

April 20, 2009 6:04 PM

 
Blogger fixerkev said...

This is Kevin Howcroft also known as ‘fixerkev’. Looks good. kjhowcroft@googlemail.com I am writing this blogg to determine how much interest there is in knowing how to grow your own Giant Vegetables and show them.

Alf Howcroft, who is an uncle of mine and an expert in this field as he has been growing giant vegetables almost all of his life.

He has appeared on U.K. T.V showing his winning produce and is entered a number of times in the Guiness Book of Records, (check it out). This I think qualifies him as an authority on growing Giant Vegetables.
I became interested in his hobby when I was quite young and attempted to grow my own giant carrots.
I thought that as carrots are made up mostly of water, giving them plenty to drink would make them grow big and fast.
How wrong can you be, the carrots were very, very small and I could not understand why they had not grown big like his.

When I told uncle Alf about the carrots I had grown, he just started laughing. I know that most of you gardeners out there will know why he was laughing but I had no idea.
Then he told me one of his little tips, that if you give carrots lots of water they have no need to grow down to find it, consequently they stay small, as mine did.
He then told me what I should do to make them grow bigger and the next year boy oh boy did they grow.

Due to my continued interest in this subject and uncle Alf’s failing health, he has decided to pass on the secrets of his immense success.
I am in the process of compiling a series of articles which will enable gardeners the world over to enjoy the success that he has had and intend to release them shortly.

If you would be interested in these articles, then drop me an e-mail at:

kjhowcroft@googlemail.com

and when I have completed them I will contact you.

Grow the Biggest

May 02, 2009 10:21 AM

 

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