Planning to Succeed

Did you ever have one of those obnoxious supervisors that said things like, “If you fail to plan then you plan to fail”? I know I have. As annoying as it is to hear planning is an important step in gardening. We have made some drastic changes to the infrastructure of the Food It Yourself […]

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Baby jalapeños and tomatoes!

A baby jalapeño! I know it’s almost summertime when the jalapeños start to set fruit. Matt’s Wild Cherry tomatoes produce clusters of tiny cherry tomatoes. Usually growing in bunches of 6-8 fruit, the tomatoes are firm, sweet tomatoes perfect for salads. Or for little fingers to pull off and eat fresh off the plant… I’m […]

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Vegetable Patch Progress

I have been meaning to do this for a while, and now the seeds are sown, weeding has been done, and the toddler is asleep I have time to myself to write about our progress on the vegetable garden. Here’s a before and after photo: After clearing the area of weeds we found a number […]

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The Raised Beds

So, as I’ve mentioned before, one end of my allotment, where the fruit bushes are, Is heavily overgrown with grass and weeds. As is the other end where the raised beds are. I’ve been spending a lot of time on preparing the central part of the plot so I can get veg in the ground. […]

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Raised Beds

I finally have tomato plants in the ground! Last year, I bought two beautiful cedar raised beds from a Vermont based company. I bought them almost on impulse. I had a vision of what I wanted to do, but no real plan other than that. My husband assembled them for me and we placed them […]

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The Pumpkin Patch

Now that the last frost date has passed here, the final plants have gone to the allotment. It seems odd that normal life has continued for us today, when only a hundred or so miles away in Manchester people’s lives have been turned upside down. My son, who is 5, seems unaware of the events, […]

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