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.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011


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That's a 5 foot fence and a totally covered bench. I've stopped saving my kitchen scraps because there's no way to get to my compost bin. And 5 inches of snow/ice are predicted to fall on top of all this tomorrow. Arrgh!!!


Blogger Robin said...

The snow is getting to be a bit much. I could not dig through the snow last night to uncover some sage for, I had to use some that I froze.

I am able to get to our compost bins though. I do have to dig a spot in the middle of the snow to dump the scraps in

February 02, 2011 4:17 AM

Blogger Randy Emmitt said...


That is a lot of snow, oh my! We are reaching 70 today and I'm home sick.

February 02, 2011 7:20 AM

Blogger Debbie said...

You guys are really getting hammered this year! I'm going to stop complaining about the snow in New Jersey after seeing these photos!

February 02, 2011 7:28 AM

Anonymous Donna said...

I feel your pain...6-7 feet in Dec. and now we are well past 120 inches with more today!!

February 02, 2011 7:40 AM

Anonymous Marian(LondonUK) said...

Goodness me, it looks pretty but it gets a bit boring getting around and stuff doesn't it. Hope the Gnome has been trained in survival skills!
Marian (London UK)

February 02, 2011 9:20 AM

Anonymous Nicole Reeves said...

Well I think I can sorta sympathize with you today. It's cold for Phoenix with wind chill making it feel like 16 Degrees!! No snow though. :) I haven't been out to look at what the gusty wind and cold did to the garden. I"m sure all this snow makes spring seem all the more glorious when it arrives!! I really enjoy your blog. Thanks for writing!

February 02, 2011 10:13 AM

Blogger Daphne said...

We have been shoveling the path to the compost bin. That is the easy shovel. It is only about 10' from my back door.

February 02, 2011 11:35 AM

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February 02, 2011 12:26 PM

Blogger Year Round Vegetable Gardener said...

My, that looks very familiar! We got 8 inches last night and are getting another 18 to 24 inches today! The biggest snow of the season so far.. I just shoveled the cold frames and checked on the veggies tucked inside - I may have pulled a few carrots for a snack too! :)
Good luck with all of your snow!

February 02, 2011 2:16 PM

Anonymous Andy McGee said...

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Wow, you guys are really buried. Stay cozy!

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February 02, 2011 3:57 PM

Blogger Vanessa said...

I'm probably the only crazy person who is actually jealous and wishing we were getting that snow. I want a reason to have to hunker down for a couple of days. We only got a bit of freezing rain from this big storm.

February 02, 2011 11:20 PM

Blogger kathy said...

HI Kori, Local is great. You can't get more local than growing your own!

February 02, 2011 11:34 PM

Blogger kathy said...


Yes, a bit of it is really nice. After a while it’s just in the way. Ther is still all the usual stuff you need to do PLUS snow removal and slow driving and trying to park etc. I don’t listen to the news these days, because it’s a pattern now here – one storm after another. This weekend I will get out and shovel my driveway (with my son) down to the pavement (to make room for more snow). The roads are ½ the width of usual. But I really do like the sun being up longer now and the little sprouts coming up under my plant lights….

February 03, 2011 12:09 AM

Blogger Green Zebra Market Garden said...

I have the same problem getting to my compost bin in winter. You could always freeze your kitchen scraps and add them the next time you get a thaw. This assumes, of course, that your freezer isn't jam-packed with frozen fruits and veggies from your summer garden.

February 03, 2011 9:18 AM

Blogger JenSwan60 said...

I like the photo with the bright red plow in the background. Excellent.

February 09, 2011 9:37 PM

Blogger kathy said...

It was nice of that plow to come by at the right timing to give some color to the photo.

February 09, 2011 11:11 PM

Anonymous ACS Distance Education said...

Not much you can grow in this sort of snow unfortunately; but vefies can be harvested and preserved for use during the colder months.

Preserves include pickles, bottled vegetables, chutneys and sauces. Preserves will normally keep for a minimum of 12 months at room temperature in a pantry.

March 09, 2011 11:06 PM


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