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.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011


I'm the recipient of an award from HORTICULTURE Magazine!!! How cool!! Thank you, I'm honored.

The award is for "Best Gardening Blog" and editor Jenny Koester posted a nice review of my blog on her blog: Best Gardening Blog—Skippy’s Vegetable Garden.

She even gave me a fancy badge to post. I'll get it onto my side bar soon.

I think in honor of the award - and to spite the snow - I'll go outside right now and bring my seedlings to the cold frame to start hardening off. Its 45*F right now inside the frame. Some of the snow on the cover in the photo below has begun to melt. March 1 seems like a good day to start bringing new seedlings out!


OpenID marthagoudey said...

Congratulations. You deserve it.

March 01, 2011 1:07 PM

Blogger Raeanne said...

CONGRATULATIONS! You deserve it. Your blog is wonderful. I've never wanted to "blog" until I started reading yours about gardening.

March 01, 2011 1:22 PM

Blogger Susie said...

That is really cool!! Congratulations:-)

March 01, 2011 1:59 PM

Anonymous Marian(LondonUK) said...

Fantastic, you deserve it. When I happened upon your Blog I had never had the inclination to regularly read anything on the internet. But with your warm, informative, homely writing I was hooked! Congratulations, is there anything you can plonk in a Martini at this time of year?? Actually it looks like plenty of icy snow to put in the glass. Cheers!
Marian (London UK)

March 01, 2011 2:19 PM

Blogger sara p said...

Awesome. You've been bookmarked under my "gardening" tab for awhile now. Thanks for sharing.

March 01, 2011 2:53 PM

Anonymous Taylor said...

Very well deserved, Kathy! Yours has always been a favorite of mine, so I'm glad to see you getting some big attention!

March 01, 2011 2:54 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yay for you! :)

March 01, 2011 3:31 PM

Blogger Mal's Allotment said...

Recognition, and well deserved, Kathy!

March 01, 2011 4:52 PM

Blogger Daphne said...


March 01, 2011 5:25 PM

Anonymous Jeff (Brookline) said...

Very well deserved. After two years of urban gardening in a 100 sf space, I still find you write my favorite garden blog. And not just because you're from Boston and drink martinis. Although the martinis do give you points, esp. when they have little tiny veggies in them...

March 01, 2011 6:05 PM

Blogger Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Congratulations on your award! Happy gardening and happy blogging!

March 01, 2011 7:58 PM

Blogger Vanessa said...


March 01, 2011 8:14 PM

Blogger biobabbler said...

Honk! Honk! Richly deserved. Your blog is both interesting, lovely to look at and, most important to me, inspiring re: getting up and out and getting gardening DONE. =) Yay!

March 01, 2011 8:26 PM

Anonymous Corrina said...

Congratulations and a very well deserved honor! Your blog always inspires me.

March 01, 2011 8:48 PM

Blogger meemsnyc said...

Congratulations! How wonderful.

March 01, 2011 9:25 PM

Anonymous Warehamgateway said...


March 01, 2011 10:19 PM

Blogger Ron said...

I always stop by to see what you are up to, your blog is very "fresh"!

There is a nice "energy" to your site.

March 01, 2011 11:59 PM

Blogger V said...


March 02, 2011 8:15 AM

Anonymous SingleGuy said...

Congratulations - well deserved!

March 02, 2011 9:22 AM

Blogger Benjamin Vogt said...

Well that's pretty neat, huh? Almost as neat as spring.

March 02, 2011 10:11 AM

Anonymous lee t. said...

happy for you. i agree heartily with the award!

March 02, 2011 10:37 AM

Anonymous Nicole Reeves said...

You definitely deserve this Kathy!! Really enjoy your blog!

March 02, 2011 1:03 PM

Blogger wvhiker said...

Congrats on the award!

March 02, 2011 1:08 PM

Blogger SouthCoast Guy said...


March 02, 2011 7:04 PM

Blogger Marie said...

congratulations!! i really enjoy checking in and seeing what's happening in your garden. thanks for sharing!

March 02, 2011 11:07 PM

Blogger Rob said...

Congrats! How much do you and Skippy get?

March 02, 2011 11:53 PM

Blogger micahl said...

Wow! congratulations!

March 03, 2011 10:21 AM

Anonymous Jay said...

Congrats. One of the best gardening blogs on the net.
Much deserved recognition.

March 03, 2011 11:18 AM

Anonymous Patrick's Garden said...

A hearty congratulations to you. Your hard work is paying o.

March 03, 2011 11:08 PM

Blogger MAYBELLINE said...

Honestly, way to go!

March 04, 2011 1:12 AM

Blogger buffalo said...

This is a great blog -- thanks Kathy and congratulations!

March 04, 2011 7:47 AM

Blogger Christian said...


March 04, 2011 8:47 AM

Anonymous Getty said...

Well deserved, your blog is as inspirational as it is informative!

Thank you.

March 04, 2011 2:13 PM

Blogger icebear said...

Yay! I have enjoyed following your blog and its quite apparent that i am not alone. So, good for you and very much deserved. :o)

March 04, 2011 3:41 PM

Anonymous McArtor said...

Congratulations! You deserve this honor. I enjoy visiting your blog to see what you are doing in your garden. Your photos are wonderful, too.

March 04, 2011 10:28 PM

Blogger Jain said...

Well deserved, Kathy! Skippy's... Garden is the gold standard of gardening blogs and an invaluable resource. Congratulations!

March 05, 2011 12:32 PM

Blogger Doctor Mom said...

Congratulations! That's super!

March 05, 2011 7:02 PM

Anonymous mediaOrganic said...

A well deserved honor for one of my favorite "go to" blogs.

Congratulations and keep up the great work.

March 06, 2011 8:49 AM

Blogger The Plotkeeper said...

Fantastic and congratulations. Well done you.

March 06, 2011 3:56 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Finally I found a vegetable gardening blog!! I'm so excited! I hope to learn a lot from you. (Although we have extremely different weather - zone 8-California) I am in the process of building raised beds for my first vegetable garden....I have a lot to learn!
Congratulations on your this point, the only reward I would like is garden success!

March 06, 2011 8:01 PM

Blogger blueberry1946 said...

Having recently taken in a large black dog, and having recently decided to try my hand (thumb?) once again at a backyard vegetable garden, I stumbled across your blog and found just the right mix of inspiration I was looking for. Thank you and congratulations!

March 07, 2011 9:17 AM

Blogger kathy said...

Thanks for all the compliments!!!

March 09, 2011 1:26 AM

Blogger Judy said...

Hi I'm Judy, I found your blog about gardening and can't wait to read it all. I started my blog and would love to have you follow me!
my blog:

March 11, 2012 2:07 PM


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