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. But Skippy always stood by me and was a great friend. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps and garden with me. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees and berry bushes, chickens and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Charley

Charley IMG_7187 Charley follows me everywhere, especially out to the garden. He's a year and 2 months old now. I still call him a puppy since he bounds around and plays all the time. He's curious and nosy. Sniffs and tastes everything in my garden. His favorite is fresh broccoli - any part of the plant. He's very good and has learned where he is allowed to walk and where he can and can't dig. I rarely need to say "Paws off" or "No dig" anymore. He still has those dark black, wide set eyes that look so sweet and serious.

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Thursday, November 09, 2017

first frost

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We got a hard frost last night. All my garden plants have a coat of white crystals. It was one month late, almost to the day.

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Wednesday, November 08, 2017

today's garden work

We are expecting a good freeze tonight - our first - so I spent some time getting ready.

- Picked the rest of the pole beans, 3 lbs (!), and took down the vines and poles (and later made 5 jars of dilly bean pickles)
- Harvested the last of my peppers and pulled the plants
- Picked a couple small winter squash and a big bunch of lettuce
- Set up my winter tunnel over a bed full of greens by covering low hoops with garden fabric and higher hoops with greenhouse plastic
- Covered a small bed of lettuce with garden fabric

Monday, November 06, 2017

today's harvest

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November 6 and I'm STILL picking green beans! These are Kentucky Wonder pole beans.

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Friday, November 03, 2017

balmy (hot!) fall

I can't believe it's November 3 and NO FROST yet. This is over 3 weeks later then our average date of Oct 10. It's a very odd season here in the northeast. We're up in the 70's today.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

today's harvest

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