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.

Friday, December 23, 2011

winter reading

The Edible Garden Magazine

I came across a fantastic gardening magazine yesterday in Barnes and Noble. Published in the UK. I am leafing through it - sipping a pear martini with Christmas music playing.....

I'm getting so many new ideas for next year that I need to jot down a list. The cold frame structures are wonderful - at least 6 or 8 are photographed. I will have to think about possibly bricking the edges of mine. And I am considering a bit of a boxwood edge along my stone path. I bet this would look nice all year round.

The magazine has lots of photos of small espaliered fruit trees, terracotta forcers that look beautiful in the garden, creative paths and garden layouts, chickens and bees, polytunnels, ads for beautiful British garden tools, ahhh......

Their month-by-month of garden chores says December is time to lift celeriac, leeks, sunchokes, and the Christmas lunch potatoes. Next month we should clean the pots and garden tools (I always skip this...). In a cold greenhouse, sow leeks, broad beans, peas, lettuce. Under fleece, sow carrots and spinach. I think the British climate is milder than New England, but I always like to give new things a try. Soon the sun will be hitting my cold frame again and I bet early peas and broad beans would do well.

Midwinter is the perfect time for garden magazines.


Blogger Jezibels ~ said...

Thanks for this post Im always looking for a good winter magazine with lots of photos to inspire me thru till next season! I was also thinking about CMU next to the outside of my cold frame to hlep with holding in the days sun thru the evening. Put some birdseed out this morning and waiting for some cardinals!

December 23, 2011 10:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love a good gardening mag! Thanks for the tip :)


December 23, 2011 11:35 AM

Anonymous Yael said...

I love the magazine section at Barnes and Noble. I just wish I had one here in my town.

It is so great to see someone looking at next years gardening already. I haven't even started yet. I'm just enjoying my winter bloomers so far.

Hope you have a Very Merry Christmas!


December 23, 2011 6:38 PM

Anonymous Marian(LondonUK) said...

Hi there, a very Merry and peaceful Christmas to you and your family. I love Barnes & Noble, in fact I have just written and sent Christmas cards I bought there in the sale 27 December last year in Florida. I love that shop! It looks like there is a picture of Alice (Or is it Alys) Fowler on the cover. She blossomed (get it!, well it is the Pantomime season!) overnight on the BBC's Gardener's World programme. A wonderful programme to watch on a Friday night after a weeks work.
Off to watch carols on tv at Southwark Cathedral with a festive glass of Sloe Gin. Have a lovely Christmas day!
Marian (LondonUK)

December 24, 2011 6:47 PM

Blogger Dan said...

Happy Holidays Kathy!

December 24, 2011 11:41 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas to you and Skippy!
- Daisy and Pixie in AZ

December 25, 2011 8:25 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tip on this magazine, have sent away for a subscription right away! It seems gardeners in the UK have a much more developed culture in terms of cultivating vegetables...

January 04, 2012 12:51 PM

Anonymous Karen said...

I love to learn new winter gardening techniques. I will be looking for this magazine.


January 07, 2012 10:53 PM


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