my pea trellis is up

A garden gnome must have come by overnight and put up my pea trellis for me! Wow! (It was my husband.) But it was me who planted the squash and cucumbers this morning. I went ahead and hilled them this year, though I usually don’t. Its been so wet that I think they will prefer this.


Can you find any four-leaved ones? I wish this clover was in my yard, but it’s at a nearby park where Skippy and I went for a walk.

yellow flag iris

These are beautiful Yellow Flag Iris (Iris pseudacorus) growing in a nearby wet-land. Unlike the Blue Flag Iris, which is native to the U.S. northeast, I. pseudacorus is a non-native, invasive plant. It is fast-growing and fast-spreading and can out compete other wetland plants, forming almost impenetrable thickets.

blue flag iris

My sister gave me these Blue Flag Iris (Iris versicolor) from her garden about 14 years ago. They grow in the full sun on the south side of my house. They have formed two large clumps that Skippy likes to flatten down into a comfy sleeping mat.

Memorial Day bird nests with eggs

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More photos from my parents’ yard. The catbird nest is in a hemlock bush right near their back door. It has four bright blue eggs. Mrs. Catbird didn’t mind the photos I took and was quickly back on her nest.

my tomatoes are planted

The tomatoes are in the ground. 16 plants: 6 early girl, 6 supersonic, 2 red brandywine and 2 yellow brandywine. The ground still seems cold, but sun and warmer weather are forecast. I planted 6 eggplants in with the flowers in the border against the house, hoping they will stay warmer there.

tree peony

My tree peony buds opened today into spectacular blossoms. Its a young (2 year old) plant but already 5 or 6 blossoms. Just beautiful.

hydroponic gardening?

It’s raining again and is so wet that I am thinking this is like hydroponic gardening.

Kathy Martin
This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy thinks the garden is his, even though I do all the work. We're located near Boston, in USDA zone 6. I have bees, chickens, fruit trees and berry bushes, too. I use all sustainable organic methods and strive to grow all of my family's vegetables myself. -Kathy

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Feb 28
Beets, Celeriac, Rosemary, Parsley, Thyme

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March 6
Cabbage, Kale, Escarole

March 12
Broccoli, Basil, Eggplant, Peppers

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