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, July 22, 2010

today's harvest

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Blogger Sarah said...

Your garden looks fantastic! I too, am having an amazing cucumber year. I wonder what it is about this year that is so perfect for them?! Do post updates on your battle against the corn pests as I will be curious how that goes.

July 22, 2010 12:24 PM

Blogger meemsnyc said...

That's quite the harvest! I wish my carrots grew like that. Ours were just little guys. Think the soil is too hard for the poor things.

July 22, 2010 12:52 PM

Anonymous Svetla said...

Do you have any tips on avoiding the cucumber striped beetles and the vine borers? I am growing cucs for a second time (with little success), and even the zucchinis gave up this year. Do you know of a particular winter squash or pumpkin that eludes these pests?
Thank you!

July 22, 2010 7:40 PM

Anonymous Sharon said...

Great harvest, looks yummy! I especially like savoy cabbages for lazy cabbage rolls!

July 23, 2010 10:22 AM

Blogger kathy said...


I don't know of anything for squash stem borers. They are really tough to deal with. I used to spray the stems every 10 days with Sevin, but I think this damages a lot of your pollinators and it only slows the borers a little.

The best is to grow your squash in super good growing conditions - heavily composted and rich soil, full sun. This way, vigorous plants will outgrow the borer damage. Rotate the location of squashes every year and don't replant in the same place more than once in 3 years.

I don't have much experience with the cucumber beetles. I get a few and ignore them. I have read that you can use row covers for these, applying before they show up, but I don't understand how the pollinators get in. I think again the idea is to keep the plants so happy they outgrow the damage.

Maybe others have suggestions.

July 23, 2010 2:06 PM

Anonymous Svetla said...

thank you! I will try it next year.

July 27, 2010 9:20 AM

Blogger Christine said...

I always have success with the Native American "3-sisters" I plant the corn and surround it with beans then squash. The beans fix nitrogen in the soil for the corn and the corn provides a trellis for the beans while the squash keeps out the critters.

July 27, 2010 4:40 PM


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