This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he always thought the garden was his. Even though I do all the work, he always stood by me. I'm located near Boston (in USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot and a backyard vegetable garden. I use sustainable organic methods and try to grow all of my family's vegetables.

Friday, June 18, 2010

today's harvest

today's harvest

Finally I have a chance to escape to the garden. This summer is turning out to be very busy and keeping me away from the plot. But with the regular rain, everything is growing fine without my attention. I have a fantastic crop of broccoli now ready to pick. Also the beets are sizing up.

This harvest includes one head of broccoli (Blue Wind, Johnny's), beets (Chiogga and Detroit White) and a couple little radish (French Breakfast).



Anonymous Amy said...

I noticed that nothing munched on the leaves of your plants. What do you use to keep them away?

June 18, 2010 9:06 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Nothing is keeping bugs away. I have been lucky and my broccoli is perfect (knock on wood). I do have a few miners in the beets, maybe 1/5th of the leaves.

I will post photos soon of my cabbage and radicchio leaves that have a problem. I don't know what it is. I need to upload the photos still. Maybe tomorrow... I almost think it looks like the leaves are burnt in many spots.

June 18, 2010 9:13 PM

Anonymous Amy said...

They look great!

June 18, 2010 9:27 PM

OpenID Pam Phillips said...

Maybe ladybugs and/or syrphid flies are eating the pests before they can chomp those beautiful broccoli leaves. Did you plant extra flowers for the honeybees? Or maybe some herbs have bolted and gone to flowering. The nectar in the flowers is good for syrphids, too.

June 19, 2010 10:09 AM

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June 19, 2010 12:47 PM

Blogger Joseph said...

It's a great season so far this year. Everything seems like a few weeks ahead of schedule.

Has anybody seen any signs of airborne or soil born diseases in zone 6, dare I say the dreaded "B" word???

June 19, 2010 12:48 PM

Anonymous makhappy522 said...

There is reportedly blight in Cheshire CT. My garden partner also got an email from Rodale discussing the blight that turned up in PA. Hope it stays dry for awhile!!

June 19, 2010 4:48 PM

Blogger kathy said...

I checked today and there is NO sign of B-word in my garden.

I have "hidden" all my soliacaous (eggplant, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers) in my home garden this year. It is shady and they are growing disappointingly slow, but no "B" (B=late blight).

I will check around other community plots in our 140 plot garden soon to see if I see any signs.

Disappointing to see the previous comment./.... We have had too much rain here too.

June 19, 2010 8:09 PM

Blogger kathy said...


Thanks for the comment! I try very hard to add flowers. These help vegetable crops for many reasons. Right now, I have only my bolted mustards flowering. They were so pretty that I "let go" a whole row. I have planted many annual seeds that will bloom soon, but I'm waiting still.

A nice thing about a community plot is that there are lots of nearby flowers.

Right now is a lull for flowers. Spring blooming perennials are finished and midsummer perennials and annuals are one the way. I was thinking today about adding more midseason flowers. I'm glad if the flowers I have are the reason my broccoli are doing well.

June 19, 2010 8:52 PM


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