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.

Monday, August 01, 2011


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I was working all last week and didn't get time to go to the garden. On Saturday I found a bunch of scary giant zucchinis! I left 4 of the biggest squashes out for others to take. The good news is they disappeared within a few minutes.

I cannot believe how delicious my potatoes are this year. Last night we grilled then - fantastic.

The cucumber below is a long Sooyow nishiki Asian cucumber and I forgot to photograph it before I sliced it - next time.

What's here: Bennings Green Tint summers squash, Romanesco zucchini, yellow crookneck summer squash, red potatoes, fennel, some small purple onions, a bunch of little red radishes, a head of Chinese cabbage, and two beets: a Chiogga and a Detroit white.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been envying your posts and then was surprised yesterday with my very first squash to harvest.... ever! I can't wait to grill it tonight.

August 01, 2011 10:46 AM

Anonymous Pamela said...

MMM! Potatoes! Can't wait to see more of those. We grew our first potatoes this year and from peeking under the soil, they look great. I can't wait!

August 01, 2011 12:56 PM

Blogger Martin and Amy said...

What a great haul! :0)

August 01, 2011 4:06 PM

Anonymous Ben Czajkowski said...

What kind of flavoring does the Sooyow nishiki Asian cucumber have? I'm always looking to try new ones, in the future.

August 01, 2011 10:40 PM

Anonymous Marian(LondonUK) said...

Fantastic! We have courgettes coming out of our ears! I though of your Mum's "Post them through doors"! It may come to that, I am going to do a courgette and apple cake tonight, if it's good I'll make a few and give them away! Our cucumbers are really slow this year, by this time last year we had loads, oh well that's how it goes.
Marian (London UK)

August 02, 2011 4:19 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everything looks soo good. I do not have cucumbers big enough yet but they are coming. I had some more of my french breakfast redishes which are great but my regular red redishes did not do good as I believe they have too much shade or something. I will try your squash next year, look so good. I have been getting tons of peppers. Did you not plant any this year or they are just slow? I did not intend to have potatoes but will have some due to free crob on my compost pile :p well every garden have their own schedule for veggies I guess. I can not wait to have my cucumbers and tomatoes :]
enjoy your goodies,

August 02, 2011 10:41 PM

Blogger kathy said...

My peppers and tomatoes are very slow this year. (I raised the seedlings in my cold frame and they grew slowly in the cool. Next year they will stay inside - or I'll get some heat in the frame.) I do have lots of peppers coming along and big green tomatoes on the vines now - so I am getting the salad bowl ready for next week. =)

August 03, 2011 9:00 AM

Anonymous Margaret said...

Great harvest.

August 03, 2011 6:09 PM

Blogger Karen Anne said...

What is that in the upper left corner that looks sort of like a white baseball glove?

August 04, 2011 5:55 PM

Anonymous Amy said...

Fantastic harvest!

August 04, 2011 6:06 PM

Blogger Matron said...

What a great harvest you have there. It is a wonderful time of year in the veggie garden. Enjoy it!

August 05, 2011 2:07 AM

Anonymous it hotline said...

A lovely story of a sunny day of growing contentment and a happy Skippy. Great shots your plot looks pretty and productive.Marian LondonUK)

August 05, 2011 4:03 AM

Anonymous Green Mountain Realty said...

It all looks so good, thanks for the post.

August 09, 2011 9:28 PM

Anonymous Yael said...

Quite a nice harvest there. Your cucumbers look delicious.


August 10, 2011 4:40 PM

Anonymous Chris said...

Those vegetables look amazing. They are all so crisp. Can you please share your secrets on fertilizer?


August 12, 2011 9:27 AM

Anonymous Cassy said...

I like the shape of that sliced cucumber.

Cassy from Guitar Made Easy

August 13, 2011 8:50 AM

Blogger Krishna101380 said...

really nice harvest! I am new to vegetable gardening and i am very inspired by your post. thank you for sharing!

May 14, 2012 10:35 AM


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