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, May 02, 2010


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The lilacs are blooming!

I have an old lilac in my community garden plot. Its a great bush for telling when to plant. It buds up when its time to plant early seedlings (broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, beets and onions) and seeds (peas, fava beans, carrots, dill).

And when it blooms, its time to plant the warm weather crops. Tomato seedlings and bean seeds. And get the beds ready to plant corn seeds and melon and squash seedlings.



Blogger KatieLovesDogs said...

I bet that it smells heavenly when you are planting your warm weather plants.

May 02, 2010 11:13 PM

Blogger Liz said...

What a beautiful planting reminder! So much sweeter smelling than a calendar :)

May 02, 2010 11:17 PM

Blogger Michelle Robillard said...

Beautiful, and my favorite scent!

May 02, 2010 11:47 PM

Blogger Robin said...

The lilacs are beautiful! All of our lilacs bloomed a month early this year and weren't very productive.

May 03, 2010 7:20 AM

Blogger Susie said...

Mine too! They are my favorite:-)

May 03, 2010 9:58 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your lilacs are so beautiful. I have a young one that has a long way to go before it does much blooming. I have seedlings to put in my garden as well. :)

May 03, 2010 1:18 PM

Blogger martha said...

My lilacs are blooming here in Central Washington. We planted some tomato plants Saturday. Then read the weather report: Wind advisory through today with 60 mph gusts and 25 degrees Friday night. Bipolar weather here in WA makes for interesting spring gardening.

May 03, 2010 2:10 PM

Blogger MAYBELLINE said...

Isn't it completely remarkable how different our growing regions are? My lilacs are long gone. It's about 90 today. The tomatoes are bursting to get planted.

I'm thinking about campaigning for a community garden in our downtown redevelopment area. Any suggestions?

May 03, 2010 9:33 PM

Blogger kathy said...

One thought is to check out ACGA (American Community Garden Association), especially their link on how to start a new community garden. They have many resources.

If you have any time to do this, it is a great idea. I think many people benefit from having gardening space available.

May 03, 2010 10:10 PM

Blogger MAYBELLINE said...

Thanks for the direction.

May 05, 2010 11:52 PM

Blogger J.C. said...

WoW, WoW, Wow!! Gorgeous blooms to have in a garden!!! I love them!

May 06, 2010 9:59 AM

Blogger Mom on the Verge said...

Oh! I miss lilac since I've moved south. Crepe myrtle doesn't really compare.

Great pictures of your gardens! I "borrowed" some pictures of peas for my homeschooling. I promise not to make any money off of them... ;)

May 07, 2010 3:48 PM

Blogger kathy said...

glad you like the peas and lilacs.

May 07, 2010 5:10 PM

Blogger JenSwan60 said...

Your lilacs really are lovely. Even when we can make them grow in California, they're not the same. Lucky you. I always think of Walt Whitman, who knew something about lilacs.

May 11, 2010 12:38 AM


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