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, June 29, 2011

garden work

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It was a beautiful hot dry morning after a good rain last night.

Today's garden work:
String up the tomato vines
Admire the giant potato bushes
Try to aim the squashes up the trellis
Check on the bagged apples and pears
Harvest half of my garlic, wash and lay out to dry

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always love this time of year... My little neighbor girls love to come over and harvest the garlic :)

June 30, 2011 9:57 AM

Blogger ~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

I just harvested my garlic. I'm happy with my harvest.

June 30, 2011 4:37 PM

Blogger Jody said...

Lot's of hard work with many rewards! Enjoy.

July 01, 2011 10:13 AM

Anonymous backyard designer said...

nice garlic corp.
i like garlic!!!!!
backyard design

July 01, 2011 1:07 PM

Blogger Kittie said...

Skippy seem pleased!

July 01, 2011 2:42 PM

Blogger Erick said...

It seems early to harvest garlic, were the tops begining to die back? Mine havent started to die back.

I cant wait to harvest

July 02, 2011 10:01 PM

Anonymous Marian(LondonUK) said...

Lovely shot of Skippy with a big smile! Isn't a great feeling when dig or pick and eat your own produce. Happy 4th July, are you having a celebratory Martini or 2?
Marian (LondonUK)

July 04, 2011 3:43 AM

Blogger Dan said...

Your garlic looks really good. Can't wait to harvest mine so I can plant something else.

July 04, 2011 10:04 PM

Blogger ZZ's Garden said...

I'm going to need to string up my tomatoes as well, soon, though I'm not sure exactly how it's done.

Maybe I can string the hanging part to the main part of the branch or maybe I'm supposed to string it to a branch.

July 05, 2011 2:16 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love that "admire giant potato bushes" is listed under garden work:)

July 05, 2011 2:47 PM

Blogger Matron said...

What a lovely lot of garlic. I lifted mine today, leaving them to dry off in a shed for a few days.

July 05, 2011 6:02 PM

Blogger Leslie said...

Kathy I read once that it is not a good idea to expose freshly harvested garlic to direct sunlight. It "cooks" them and hastens spoilage. What I do is shake the dirt off as best I can and keep them in shade on an old door screen between two saw horses. I deal with the dirt when I peel back the outer layers after they have cured.

July 07, 2011 3:19 PM

Anonymous Margaret said...

Nice looking garlic. I was going to wait a bit longer on mine, but maybe I will pick some after seeing your harvest

July 08, 2011 9:11 AM

Anonymous Alan from Hard To Beet said...

Yes, it's a great time of year in the garden. Unfortunately, we've just had a huge downpour of rain and it's snapped half of my sugar snap peas. It's my own fault for not staking them up properly. Still, plenty of time to plant some more!

July 08, 2011 9:26 AM

Anonymous Brenda said...

Your garden looks beautiful. I like the way that you stake up your veggies. We put stakes on our green peppers to help them stay standing because they get so many peppers on them. We also use tomato cages to support our tomato plants. Our tomato plants grow about 4-5 feet each year.

July 08, 2011 1:06 PM

Blogger Lexi said...

Hi, I just came across your blog!
I love your photos and dedication to sustainability. I started growing my own little vegetable garden this spring, and am thoroughly enjoying it. I adore being able to harvest my own chard for lunch and in general helping the environment, even just a little bit.

If you can, I would love for you to come check out my blog! I just wrote a post about my garden.


July 10, 2011 3:03 PM

Blogger Shamim miah said...

It's amazing to see the dedication you have for gardening. I am garden designer and love to do my job

July 12, 2011 12:20 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Kathy, now and then I write you some comments, but never put a name I guess I should start ding that. I love following you in your garden along with Skippy.
I wanted to ask you when did you plant your garlic? I have not done it for three years and forgot the date :p was going to do it this year almost at the end of fall. Does that sound good, or as long as I put them on ground in fall does not matter?
Thanks for great blog,

July 24, 2011 3:15 PM

Blogger kathy said...

HI Huli,

Anytime in the fall is OK. Late Sept of October is good. You want to plant early enough to get goo roots before winter, but late enough so the tops don't get too big and get damaged by the winter. I planted late this year October 31 and some just barely sprouted before winter. Little half inch sprouts. But they did fine and I have big heads of garlic this year.

July 25, 2011 10:12 AM


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