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, August 06, 2009



Foggy photo. Its such a hot and humid day that condensation has collected inside my lens.

This is my first cabbage ever and my first big head of broccoli. I'm feeling very accomplished!



Anonymous taylor said...

Wow! That is one heck of a broccoli! Well done.

August 06, 2009 2:41 PM

Blogger Michelle said...

Gorgeous! And you should feel accomplished. I'm feeling envious!

August 06, 2009 3:10 PM

Blogger Becca's Dirt said...

You should be feeling good - homegrown - there's nothing like it. What time is dinner?

August 06, 2009 4:07 PM

Blogger Thicket Dweller said...

So what will you make with all of this fresh goodness?

August 06, 2009 4:38 PM

Blogger Ellie Mae's Cottage said...

It looks fabulous! I'm growing cabbage for the first time this year too, but not the purple. I really should have grown the purple because I like that better... oh well next year. -Jackie

August 06, 2009 4:52 PM

Anonymous Adriana said...

Congratulations on growing your first cabbage! Cabbage worms ate 2 out of 3 of my cabbages.

August 06, 2009 5:31 PM

Blogger Dan said...

A big broccoli head indeed! All the harvest looks excellent. I made that chile grilled zuc recipe you posted, it was excellent. I have a photo of it on my Thursdays garden meal post.

August 06, 2009 6:53 PM

Blogger Karen Anne said...

Do you do anything to your cabbages to prevent critters doing them in? I had loathsome slug-like things in between the leaves.

August 06, 2009 7:33 PM

Blogger kathy said...

The cabbage will soon become fish tacos with Mexican cole slaw. I've been practicing the recipe to get ready for my own cabbages. Maybe this weekend. I'm looking forward.

Broccoli is one of the 3 or 4 vegetables my teenage son will eat. He likes it grilled best, but yesterday I just steamed 1/4 of the head for him. I didn't hear any complaints.

I did have slugs and snails eating the cabbage a month ago. I ended up sprinkling a few Slug pellets, very few, and only right under the cabbages. I don't recommend this as there are other organic methods that are much better. Check out the comments here for better ideas.

I used the slug control right as the cabbage were heading up, so the outer leaves have some holes but the head looks really solid. I'll see when I cut into it.

August 06, 2009 9:38 PM

Blogger kathy said...

PS. For cabbage worms, I just kept checking the plants and squishing the little green worms. But there weren't many of these.

August 06, 2009 9:40 PM

Blogger Karen said...

Kathy - PLEASE share your fish taco recipe - I LOVE fish tacos, but no one on the East Coast can get it right.

We did four broccoli plants (this was our first garden in many, many years) and I am glad that Dan at Urban Veggie told me NOT to pull them up because it looked like they weren't going to do a thing - they were WONDERFUL and I cannot wait till next year's garden already!

August 07, 2009 10:25 AM

Blogger Jennifer said...

Wow, your broccoli looks so tightly packed and big! I think Kansas just must be too hot to grow broccoli, spring or fall, because the heads I get always look more like sprouting broccoli. Which is good, just not what I wanted. Congrats!

August 07, 2009 3:21 PM

Blogger Julie said...

Congratulations on the harvest. My garden time is my favorite.

August 07, 2009 11:33 PM


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