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.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

garden work

Today I spent several hours at my community plot. It was such a nice morning to work in the garden. I trimmed the weeds in the path outside and all around my plot. A garden next to me (to the north) is untended, so I cut back their weeds and cleared out the overgrown path between us. Sigh, the weeds are quite abrasive and spiny (Japanese hops, raspberries, horse nettles). My arms are all scratched up. I'm hoping for a more active garden neighbor next year.

I watered well, as we've been quite dry. Removed mildewed squash leaves, took out old sunflowers and an borage plants. I also removed the last of my tomatoes, which had succumbed to late blight. I harvested a nice big boxful of green tomatoes. I'm sure most will ripen nicely. I also harvested a big head of bok choy to stir fry for tonight's dinner. (It was delicious.)

In the space left by the tomatoes, I planted some seeds and seedlings. Seedlings: lettuce, beets, cilantro. Seeds: peas and spinach. I had a package of pea seeds (Strike) that mature for harvest in 49 days, so I planted the whole package. I have often planted fall peas but have never gotten a crop harvested as I've always planted too late. Ever optimistic, I am trying again.....


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like a productive day!

August 25, 2012 10:06 PM

Blogger Carolyn ♥ said...

Love morning's in the garden! Sounds as though you got a great deal accomplished. Sorry about your tomatoes, at least you could harvest the green. And hurray for new peas... perhaps I'm celebrating for you a little too soon?

August 26, 2012 8:46 AM

Blogger Petitetomatoes said...

Yay I found another backyard gardener to follow. So sorry to hear about your tomatoes. I recently lost my cucumbers to fungus. :(

August 27, 2012 3:21 PM

Anonymous James @ Capital Gardens said...

Sounds like you've been very productive. Shame about all the scratches you had to suffer, but no pain, no gain haha. I'm sure your plot looks lovely and despite the peas not working out before I'm sure they will this time.

August 31, 2012 12:27 PM


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