This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he always thought the garden was his. Even though I do all the work, he always stood by me. I'm located near Boston (in USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot and a backyard vegetable garden. I use sustainable organic methods and try to grow all of my family's vegetables.

Friday, May 08, 2009

plot photos

tomato bed
plot 2
skippy in the garden plot


Blogger Dan said...

Lots of progress happening. You must be really excited about all your added space this year. I still have not filled my new beds, bit of slacking happening. I started your Delicate squash a couple days ago in peat pots. Can't wait to cook some up!

May 08, 2009 10:28 PM

Blogger Tim said...

Looks great, we have four rows of corn planted but it has been so wet of late thats all we have in. I have a whole tray of plants to get in but I am not going to plant them in the mud.

May 09, 2009 7:31 AM

Blogger Chiot's Run said...

Looking Good Skippy! I bet he helped a lot.

May 09, 2009 9:39 AM

Blogger Frist said...

I look with envy at your chocolate soil. In Perth where I live we have black sand, not much better than beach sand, its almost like hydroponics, we have large underground water supplies that we can access to water our gardens, which dry our so quickly. We are so dry this year, by now we should have had 200mm of rain - we have had 20mm!

May 09, 2009 11:07 AM

Blogger Matron said...

Bare soil like that is just mouth watering! I just want to plant stuff everywhere! Skippy looks tired in that photo, has he been helping you dig?

May 09, 2009 1:38 PM

OpenID graduallygreener said...

I see you have straw as mulch on some of your beds. Does that work well? What do you do with the straw at the end of the season - turn it under into the soil, or can you pull it off easily? I am trying to figure out the pros and cons of different mulch options...

- Amelia

May 09, 2009 6:10 PM

Blogger kathy said...


The mulch is salt marsh hay, a great mulch because it is very resistant to rot, doesn't bring in weed seeds to the garden (as regular hay/straw does), and suppresses weed growth.

I should remove it from my garlic bed soon so the soil can dry out more - we have another damp spring, it seems. I'll eventually get to pulling it back.

It doesn't turn in well. I've been piling it up and will try reusing it again next winter. I'd like to find a tarp to put over the pile for the summer.

Salt hay has many pros. Its really ideal. The cons however are that it can be hard to find and the harvest isn't good for the salt marsh, particularly nesting birds. I don't know a lot about this, though it seems that they do time harvests for minimal impact.

May 09, 2009 11:04 PM

Blogger kathy said...


You're very observant about dogs! Skippy was too hot. He seems to get uncomfortable easily in the sun. The black fur I guess. He'll get clipped short soon.

And I haven't remembered to bring his water bowl to the garden yet. I even have a umbrella in the car for him that I'll bring to the garden soon.

We had a nice walk before working in the garden on this day. And Skippy even had a nice swim already at the water hole. He didn't do any digging.

Just after I took these photos, I wasn't thinking and let him out of the plot without his leash. He was thrilled and decided to play keep away for a while. He had enough energy left to tease me a while. Other gardeners laughed as I chased him through the garden paths. I laughed too - he deserved some fun.

May 09, 2009 11:14 PM


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