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. But Skippy always stood by me and was a great friend. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps and garden with me. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees and berry bushes, chickens and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Saturday, May 07, 2011

garden work

I have been trying to keep up with the season. There is so much to do in the garden in the spring. I have spent a few afternoons at my plot this week - soaking up the sun and working hard.

Asparagus harvest: I picked my first asparagus ever yesterday. I couldn't believe how sweet it is! Only half of my harvest made it home. It is so sweet to nibble on! The rest was super sauteed with thyme.

Compost pile: I moved last year's pile to the other side of my garden plot to make room to expand my asparagus patch. I will divide and spread out the crowns I have. Some are a bit too close to the shade of my lilac.

Potatoes: I planted 4 varieties on Friday.

Salt hay mulch: On Monday I turned over 2 raised beds at my community plot and spread salt hay in my paths. I saw that Diane and Glenn had spread hay on their paths and it looked so nice that I thought I'd do the same. I bought a bale last fall and used it as a mulch on my garlic over the winter. Salt hay is an amazing garden mulch with no weed seeds and lasts forever. So I pulled it off my garlic and got the rest of the bale that I stored under plastic and spread it on my paths. I love it!

Peas and favas: I planted peas three weeks ago and favas last weekend. The peas are up 2 inches now. I'm watching for the fava beans.

Sowing: And then there is the seed planting. I plant a few pots every few days. The cukes and squashes are sprouting now. I love how they push themselves out of the dirt.

11 Comments:

Blogger Gail said...

Just found your blog. Love seeing the community garden. Am exploring your blog. Thank you for sharing.
Gail

May 08, 2011 5:30 PM

 
Blogger Julze said...

Yum...asparagus...I'd love to try growing it someday.

May 09, 2011 12:10 AM

 
Anonymous Soilman said...

Just-cut asparagus is SO much sweeter than anything you can buy in the shops, isn't it? Almost like eating a different vegetable if you've never had fresh before....

May 09, 2011 6:33 AM

 
Blogger kathy said...

I never knew that. I feel like I've made a big discovery!

May 09, 2011 10:51 AM

 
Anonymous Marian(LondonUK) said...

Hi, re Asparagus cut fresh and eaten that day so different from supermarket 3 day old or more. I always thought it over-rated and tasteless but having it relatively fresh my taste buds thought differently. Hope to grow some soon. Great blog as ever Kathy.

May 09, 2011 5:53 PM

 
Anonymous mediaOrganic said...

Let's raise a cheer for the weekend gardeners who drag their asses to work five days a week and still have the wherewithal to squeeze in a little gardening in between those oh so valuable weekends. Here, here!

Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by my chore list and then I see that others are a little ahead in some crops, a little behind in others. The great thing about the blogging community is that we tout our failures as much as our successes.

http://www.media-organic.com/garden-week-in-review-5

May 09, 2011 6:00 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We're new gardeners (in our 6th year) and are trying raised beds this year. We have tried transplanting cukes and squash grown from seed. I see you sowed directly in the soil. We live in zone 5, too. Please tell me more about sowing these directly in the soil vs. seedlings. I thought you had to wait until June 1 to sow these directly in soil. Thanks. Katy

May 09, 2011 10:56 PM

 
Blogger Matron said...

I just adore fresh picked asparagus. One of the true gourmet treats on the allotment!

May 10, 2011 3:26 AM

 
Anonymous Susan Martin said...

Thank you for the recollection of salt marsh hay. It too lined my garden paths in my Ipswich garden. Your blog is in my blog roll. A pleasure to share your garden experience.

May 16, 2011 10:59 AM

 
Blogger Karen Anne said...

Is there salt in salt hay?

May 16, 2011 5:24 PM

 
Blogger Leslie said...

Congratulations on your asparagus. I remember my first harvest. It tasted SO much better than store bought, I thought it should have a different name.

May 18, 2011 8:24 AM

 

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