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.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

coming soon

This is a reminder to myself to post the following: an update on my compost tumbler, update on my Botanical Interests seeds, and a list of FACS (with things like "what kind of camera do you use?", "how do you format your blog?").


Blogger Mandy and Kevin said...

A list of faqs would be great! You really have a model blog!

July 29, 2009 9:11 AM

Blogger Karen said...

Compost tumbler update! Yes, please!

July 29, 2009 10:25 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd really like to know what kind of camera you use. I'm in the market for a new one & love the shots yours takes!

July 29, 2009 11:28 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to know how you format your blog but also I am interested in your paella grill....what size, where did you purchase, etc. I LOVE your blog!

July 29, 2009 2:14 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kathy - and how is your mystery rose (Falstaff?) doing? Is it still blooming so beautifully?
- Daisy

July 29, 2009 7:48 PM

Blogger kathy said...

The rose is quite ugly now. After a burst of beauty, no more buds and leaves are shriveling and brown. I think because of this, its probably not Falstaff but maybe an earlier variety. I also think, because there are several bushes and stems of this rose here and there on fences near my garden, that it is growing on its own rootstock. Another reason to think its an older variety.

My husband tells me I misspelled FAQ in this post. At 1:25 am, what can you expect?

July 29, 2009 9:50 PM

Blogger thefatworm said...

And any software you use to edit or store your pictures. And the system you use to organize pictures so you can find them later.

Lovin' your blog...

July 29, 2009 10:09 PM

Blogger Kelly said...

Hi Kathy- totally unrelated question here....The fruit forming on my eggplant has been white in color. One fruit recently darkened quite a bit to a purple-brown color, this extends up into the green foliage that covers the stem end of the fruit.

This seems like a disease symptom to me, but I am having trouble finding a conformation on this. I do have leaf spots.

Have you ever experienced this, is changing of fruit color a normal occurance?


July 30, 2009 11:47 AM

Blogger kathy said...


How is the foliage color and condition on the plants? If its good, I think maybe the discoloration is just over ripened fruit.

A couple years ago I grew white eggplant and noticed they darkened when I left them on the plant too long. They turned yellowish brown and were tough, seedy and bitter inside.

Its hard to know when they are ripe. I left them on the plant hoping for bigger fruits.

I've read that eggplant can get late blight, but I think this is pretty rare and I can't find any descriptions of it, so I don't think that's it, especially if the leaves look good.

The main disease eggplants get is Verticillium wilt. This makes the lower leaves turn yellow and brown and then, as the name implies, the leaves wilt and the plant dies. I've have lots of trouble with this in past years. Its a problem with cool weather and alkaline soil.

Good luck.

July 31, 2009 6:47 PM


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