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.

Sunday, June 28, 2009



The left/top area is neglected this year - the right is doin' good. I'm enjoying the big rambler rose on the fence as the blossoms open. Its a great year for it - an old rose called Dorothy Perkins. The blossoms get bleached to pale pink by the sun, but it is VERY dark magenta this year (no sun).



Blogger Nigel Gnome said...

Great overview, is that from teetering on the roof?

June 28, 2009 4:16 AM

Anonymous Dawnie (CT) said...

Looks GREAT Kathy!

For those of you NOT having RAIN/LOW TEMPS and your tomato plants are thriving....Park Seeds has a great Tomato Photo contest. $50 gift cert for the winner and THREE runner ups will get a $15 gift cert.

This one is right up your alley Kathy! : ) Good luck to all who enter. Entries must be recieved by 7/28. I won't be getting any tomatoes until....SEPTEMBER!! LOL

June 28, 2009 5:34 AM

Blogger Susie said...

Great shot!

June 28, 2009 11:02 AM

Blogger Matron said...

I think 'neglected' is one of the most important parts of the patch. There are always beneficial insects and critters hiding in there. I have made a rotting wood pile in one corner, it is full of beetles and in Fall it sprouts mushrooms!

June 28, 2009 1:10 PM

Blogger Heidi said...

Fantastic shot!

June 28, 2009 4:03 PM

Blogger Becky said...

Wow. Your garden is beautiful. And so organized. Mine is so crazy.

June 28, 2009 4:28 PM

Anonymous Mary in Toronto said...

Kathy, I notice in your 2008 garden diagrams, which are stunning, that one of your beds is covered by black plastic. What is this for please and why not all of the beds?

June 29, 2009 10:57 AM

Blogger pjkobulnicky said...

Kathy ... you are exhausting me. I struggle to get a blog post out every week or so and maybe I have time to include a picture. You set too high of a bar. All of your photos make mine look like crayola scribbles. And, you have time to keep two gardens orderly. Ugh!

June 29, 2009 4:16 PM

Blogger Anna said...

A most interesting view !

June 30, 2009 4:56 PM

Blogger kathy said...


I'm not sure which photo you mean. Two years ago I was trying to warm up (thaw out) the soil in that bed so I could plant my peas. I started the garden very early that year.

Last year I tried plastic under my tomatoes to keep the soil warmer in the summer. Unfortunately, black plastic only works for warmth if there is sun. Being a wet and cloudy summer all the plastic did was retain moisture. I think it made the black spot fungus worse. I took it off soon into the season.

July 01, 2009 10:31 AM

Anonymous Graeme said...

Kathy, I love you areal shots. We'd have to build a house next to our allotment to get those shots.

Saw you interviewed in Edible Boston! Congratulations! That is so exciting.

July 01, 2009 5:09 PM

Blogger kathy said...

I just love the comments about me leaning out on my roof or building a tall house next to the garden. Make sure its on the SOUTH SIDE!!!

Its only a 2nd floor window, so you don't need to build a skyscraper. And please, stay off the roof.

Matron, Thanks for making me smile about "neglect". So true!

July 01, 2009 11:49 PM


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