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.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

sitting pretty

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Isn't she pretty! I love the bright dash of blue on the female mallard. They're all paired up now and hanging out near their nest sites. This duck's partner left the photo fast when he saw Skippy.

Most of our creeks show the evidence of the torrent that passed through last week. Muddy waters, debris and bare branches. The birds seem very happy though.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Kathy,
What a great find! For years I had a hobby of repairing and restoring old furniture ... I always had a lot of pride in keeping something from being thrown away. Just the other day I helped move my son out of his apt. and he still has a desk (for his son) that I had salvaged and restored for him when he was young. His Mom had it when she was growing up. So, the desk has gotten a lot of mileage. You'll be glad you restored the chair when you can sit and relax after a long day of working in your garden :-) ...

I just wanted to report back that I've gotten all of my seedlings outside hardening off. Your advice to harden them off in partial shade did the trick. You might remember that I had said I work long hours and I couldn't be taking the seedlings out and taking them back in every day. So, I set up a 3 stage hardening effort. First I put them in full shade for a couple of days, then partial shade for a few days, then full sun. It seems to be working great.

Happy gardening,

March 24, 2010 11:47 AM


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