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, May 14, 2012

mom and dad's garden

mom and dads garden 006 mom and dads garden 005 mom and dads garden 007 mom and dads garden 004 On Monday, my parents and I worked a full day in their vegetable garden. We planted tomato, pepper, lettuce, sunflower, basil, cilantro, squashes, marigold, cosmos, daisy and cucumber seedlings. Dad staked his recently planted snow peas.

Some type of bug was eating the broccoli, cauliflower and bok choy that we planted a couple weeks ago. My guess it was the green caterpillar of the white cabbage butterfly. I replaced some of the seedlings, searched for green caterpillars (I found one) and then covered the patch with hoops and row cover.

We planted 4 types of pumpkins and winter squashes: Butternut, Buttercup, New England Pie pumpkin, Cinderella pumpkin (Rouge Vif d’Etampes) and a couple giant pumpkin seedlings. The giant pumpkins are at the edge of the compost pile and the other pumpkins an squashes just outside the garden fence. Last year, the squash vines took over the garden and even pulled down parts of the fence. This year they will have room to roam.

Last year I planted much too many cucumbers in Mom and Dad's garden. I thought they wouldn't want ANY this year, but, no, they want tons again. I planted 8 varieties: Diva, North Carolina pickling, Sumter pickling, Boston pickling, Straight Eight, Sweet Success, Tokiwa and Sooyow Nishiki. About 20 seedlings - and then Mom added a few more seeds for good measure. They grow up the 5 ft deer fence around the edge of garden, so they don't really take up any space. When my nephew comes to visit, he runs to the garden to pick cukes and eat them immediately. Then he gets a big grin on his face.

Dad wrote down all the varieties and where they were planted for his records and then we called it a day. As we were marveling about the full garden, Mom remembered the beans - we forgot to leave room to plant beans! Arrgh. Well, as Mom emailed to me later in the week, they found a place to squeeze in 2 rows.

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Blogger Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

You have been really busy!!

May 19, 2012 12:42 AM

Blogger Pam said...

I can't believe you were able to spend so much time in yours and your parents' gardens this week. I know they are glad to have everything planted. I'll bet you're sore!!

I am making new beds using lasagne bed method - our soil is so sandy and poor, I use compost but never enough. After reading earlier blog entries, I decided to plant Irish potatoes and sweet potatoes. I ordered 12-15 varieties of sweets-- total:70 sweet potato plants! I need to get back to work!! Will try to sow herb & annual seeds today. Such great weather!

May 19, 2012 2:47 PM

Blogger Holly said...

You know how people who have a glut of summer squash try to give it to all the neighbours they can possibly find? Or just go crazy with the summer squash recipies?

I imagine your parents must do that with cucumbers!

May 29, 2012 8:35 AM


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