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, June 29, 2010

mom and dad's vegetable garden

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Can you believe the size of these vegetables! Twice the size of mine.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...


June 29, 2010 2:33 PM

Blogger meemsnyc said...

Their garden looks amazing and so nice!

June 29, 2010 2:44 PM

Blogger David said...

Any ideas on what has made the difference between your garden and theirs? (My plants are significantly smaller as well, but a lot of that might be explained by climate... I'm in Zone 6)

June 29, 2010 5:26 PM

Blogger kathy said...

I definitely know the difference. Compost!

It has also made the difference between their smaller plants in previous years and this year.

Click on the label below the post and look for the photos of the massive pile of compost I spread on their garden this spring. It was too much, but apparently too much is even better than enough.

Here's a recent quote from Victoria from the Belmont Victory Garden Yahoo board:

"The received wisdom used to be: fertilize plants. But now we know that it's the soil we need to feed. Replenishing the soil each year with quantities of organic matter mimics what is going on all the time in Nature in undisturbed landscapes. The recommendation now is to top growing beds with at least 2 inches of compost each year. Well-rotted manure is great, if you can get it, but more important is composted organic matter. The challenge ... is how to get enough of that stuff."

Here, here! More compost, less fertilizer. Of course lots of sun, water, crop rotation, weeding and planning help too.

BTW My parents' (and my) garden is zone 6a.

June 29, 2010 5:39 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW! what a gorgeous garden! Props to you and your husband for the spring prepping you did for your parents!

June 30, 2010 10:54 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

True. The compost pile did make a huge difference!

Also, I think the green thumps of the Master Gardener helped a bit too. ;)


June 30, 2010 1:43 PM

Blogger takaeko said...


I know how important soil is for raising vegetables but I'm surprised that your compost has given the such difference!

I and my wife will harvest all potatoesa and burdock roots this weekend and then the space will be available for next vegetable.I'll see the capability of compost great and learn it for the next harvest.

June 30, 2010 3:40 PM

Blogger Ellie Mae's Cottage said...

My veggies are huge this year too. We put a ton of compost and manure on them and I do think that made a difference, but honestly I think the warm weather we've been having in Massachusetts made the biggest difference to me... that and the fact that some neighbors cut down some trees so I've got more sun now.

June 30, 2010 5:38 PM

Blogger Matron said...

Look at all those neat rows, and not a weed in sight. I have brassica envy now.

July 01, 2010 4:17 PM


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