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 05, 2013

today's harvest

Cucumbers! I love the crunch of lots of different varieties! harvest - cucumbers 042 I am also harvesting beans, chili peppers, lots of lettuce, and my first few tomatoes. harvest 058

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh I am so happy that you post all bunch a new pictures :] I missed my garden so much and seeing yours gives me just as much joy. I see you went wiled with cucumbers this year, I love it :] I had 13 different tomato verities last year ahhah.
Love the new puppy as well, so cute! To many more joyful days,

August 06, 2013 12:40 AM

Blogger Dewberry said...

Nice harvest!

August 06, 2013 3:47 AM

Blogger Cary said...

Beautiful bounty! Please share what cukes you are growing and how you like them. I'm growing 2 new ones this year and love the Japanese Long and have not yet harvested a Poona Kheera, which is busy maturing to brown and may be picked today! The JL is exactly what I want in a slicer, long, sweet, crisp. Also, what beans are those, and what lettuce are you harvesting now and when did you plant. Oh my, it sounds as if your garden (same zone as mine in North Stonington, CT) has become my science project :)!!! Sorry to pester, but would really like to know if you have the time. Thanks!

August 06, 2013 6:34 AM

Anonymous Marian (LondonUK) said...

Hi, I am giving away courgettes and cucumbers, I can't keep up with them. Our tomatoes are trying hard, I hope they will ripen up before the days start getting shorter. We are already getting early morning dew on the grass and cars. Enjoy your harvest.

Marian (LondonUK)

August 07, 2013 2:30 AM

Blogger kathy said...

Hi Marian! I am also giving away squashes and cukes, but not so many - a few here and there. I think ours were late coming in this year. Other gardeners are complaining about this. Our tomatoes are just starting this week. That is very late. And we have lots of tomato pathogens this year: leaf spot and fruit speck, early blight and blossom end rot. Late blight is moving in too. Bummer. It does seem like summer is thinking about winding down. Our weather has cooled off a bit and thankfully the humidity has gone down to a comfortable level. I suppose we will have dewy cars and grass soon too. I hope you will enjoy the last few summer days!

August 08, 2013 11:51 AM

Blogger kathy said...

The cucumbers in the picture are Sooyow Nishiki, Tokiwa, Diva, Boston Pickling, and Miniature White. They are all delicious slicers.

The beans I call Shungwang's pole beans. They were given to me by a gardener who got them from his family in China. They are crisp and lemony even when they get big. I have saved and planted the seeds about 5 years now.

I finished up my harvests of spring planted lettuce: Romaine, Skyphos, Oak leaf and Simpson lettuces, and am in the mid-summer lull now. I always say I will avoid this, but rarely do. The spring lettuce has all bolted and been eaten and the summer crisp lettuce is not ready to pick yet. I planted summer crisp lettuces (red and green, from Johnny's) early in July and they are getting bigger now. These do very well in the heat and resist bolting. (I should plant it in June!) I am getting pots out now to plant fall lettuce. I have Prizehead, Skyphos, Oaky Red Splash, and green butterhead Sylvestra and Ermosa. I have so many packets of lettuce seeds! Not sure exactly which will end up in the seed cells. I also want to get some fall spinach, escarole, fennel, cilantro and radish in.

August 08, 2013 12:49 PM

Blogger Cary said...

Thanks so much for sharing the varieties you are growing. Your mid and late season lettuce choices will help me plan my fall garden this year and prepare for next year. For summer planting this year I planted Grandpa Admire from BC right before we left on vacation and you can imagine what the sun did to those beautiful seedlings with an absent waterer, ack. Poor planning on my part. I'm devastated to see I think I have blight on some of my toms and the crop is so late, none have turned color yet, except the cherries. I did everything except spray this year, proper spacing, pruning and removing lower branches. Thank goodness for farm stands! Thanks for you too, Kathy. Really do appreciate you sharing types you've chosen.

August 10, 2013 6:54 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The cukes are coming in like crazy here in Western Mass and the zukes have just started. Cherry tomatoes but no others yet. I am shocked at the rabbit population - ate all the beets, beans and pea seeds. It may be time to start hunting...What is your plan for these critters? All the best and congrats on the new pup! Betsy

August 17, 2013 2:43 PM

Blogger Mike the Gardener said...

Such a great harvest you have going there.

August 27, 2013 10:44 AM

Anonymous Mysterious Gardener said...

I love the look of the Sooyow Nishiki (I have a weakness for unusual-looking vegetables!). How's the taste compared to, say, a 'normal' cucumber?

September 08, 2013 9:09 AM

Blogger Jay said...

Dear Kathy,
What was your source for the Sooyow Nishiki seeds? Was it Kitazawa seeds? I have grown Soyu long before but mine never looked like that.

January 17, 2014 5:35 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Yes, my seeds are from Kitazawa. I suppose this particular cuke was a bit spiny and less mature than usual. How are yours different?

January 18, 2014 9:41 PM


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