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.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

my tomatoes are finally in

Finally!! I planted my peppers, eggplants, cukes, squashes, and tomatoes in my garden on Monday. It’s been a slow, cool spring here. I can’t eemember ever waiting til May 20(!) to pjant yomatoes. I planted the warm weather crops in my mom’s garden today. It was 60 with a light drizzle all day. The good news is that night time temperatures are staying warm - above 50. we‘re just waiting for a nice run of 70 and 80 Degree days. Most gardeners I talk to are waiting for June 1 to plant. (Entered on my cellphone with limited editing ability. Pkease excuse my type-o’s.)


Anonymous Phuong said...

It's good you got tomatoes and peppers in the ground which is usually a sign of spring finally warming up. We've had a cold spring as well and just planted tomatoes and peppers a few days ago.

May 22, 2018 9:43 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It looks like it is going to be a very good year for our blackberry bushes

May 24, 2018 4:39 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to see photos of your garden at this stage

May 26, 2018 9:49 AM

Anonymous JustGail said...

This is the latest I've ever put the tomatoes in, just this morning. It was going to be yesterday. I'd just gotten them in when I get a text "don't plant anything, I'm getting railroad ties" :-/ Out they came, and into a pot with dirt for overnight, too darned hot to put them in after getting the ties in yesterday. At least I didn't have the newspaper and cages on them yet. Used railroad ties would not have been my first choice, but ... It was not a battle I wanted to fight that day.

May 28, 2018 12:01 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you no longer posting?

June 26, 2018 4:43 AM

Blogger kathy said...

Just taking a little break out in the garden and out hiking with my dogs... I’ll get back to posting soon.

July 02, 2018 8:38 PM

Anonymous Chrissy said...

Glad to know you are OK.

July 08, 2018 1:03 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Yup I’m good. Thanks for asking! Just a priority shift I guess.

I’m doing some garden writing and I should post some links to pieces. I’m collecting “today’s harvest” photos and will enter them any day now to this blog. Right now I have huge amount of cucumbers and broccoli in my fridge and plan to be in the kitchen this weekend making broccoli soup to freeze and fermenting deli pickles.

July 13, 2018 9:27 PM

Blogger Susan said...

Missing your posts!

August 16, 2018 5:03 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always spent mmy half an hour to rewad this blog's articles or
reviews daily along with a mug of coffee.

August 25, 2018 12:17 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have checked this blog every week all Summer long and I haven't seem any more updates. I always enjoy reading your blog and see what's going on. It's always inspired me to grow something new or just grow something. Please don't tell me you've decided to stop blogging! Is everything still okay? I hope it is.

August 31, 2018 11:53 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still not updating?

September 19, 2018 10:54 AM

Anonymous George Auer said...

You've been missed all Summer - I hope that you are well and that we will see you next season - George Auer

September 27, 2018 5:24 PM

Blogger Chrissy Maier said...

I too miss your blogs! You taught me now to garden. I didn't realize for a long time, that I lived around the corner from your community garden in Belmont. Now I live near Cape Cod with lots of sun to raise vegetables. You have been with me all along. I do hope you are well.

September 28, 2018 10:39 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agree with George A. ... just want to let you know I always like reading your updates. And, your blog is my #1 place to reference whenever I have a question. Hope you had success with your gardens this summer. Who knows, with all your talents, I hopee you're writing a book or doing something else just as fun!

September 29, 2018 8:31 AM

Blogger kathy said...

You all are so sweet! Thanks for the comments. Tomorrow I plan to start taking down my tomato vines and digging potatoes. Later this week I’ll start planting cover crops and set up my winter beds. We’re moving from a wet spell to dry weather and I’m looking forward to it.

This summer I’ve been working on my lawns and the ornamental and native plants in my relatively new large yard (lots of pruning and invasive removal!). Also I am learning a lot about identifying plants, especially NE natives. I’m active and having a lot of fun on the FB Plant ID page. I have done some writing and I should get a sidebar link for these. I’m also working my hives, tending my chickens, training my dogs, and spending time with my family and my mom.

I’m looking forward to moving into fall and getting my gardens squared away for winter. I already have lots of plans for next season! I hope everyone has had a good summer and is able to enjoy the harvest and fall weather.

October 03, 2018 9:29 PM

Anonymous Mary said...

Hi Kathy,

I just wanted to chime into the chorus of appreciation for your many years of blogging. You got me started gardening up on Boston's North Shore and have taught me so much. I hope you continue to update this blog (even with non-veggy-gardening posts. Plant ID sounds fun and fascinating...) but if you don't want to continue, I thank you for many many years of inspiration and information. <3

October 11, 2018 12:44 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad you are still gardening and I do hope you continue to post. I always enjoy seeing what other gardeners are up to, especially near me (I'm in Somerville). Lately I've been trying to landscape my new yard myself with many natives for pollinators so do share what you've learned!

October 13, 2018 10:06 PM


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