Sunny spring days turn a boy’s thoughts to veggie gardening.

The garden sprouts have begun to poke up from the trays.

The first of the veggie garden sprouts
The first of the veggie garden sprouts

Garden starter trays
The back porch
Lowell MA

It’s a perfect Memorial Day Weekend.

I took down an overgrown mulberry tree a few weeks ago, and added it to the all the fallen tree branches from the winter.

Backyard Brush

Yup. I should be chopping this up this weekend.

Brush and Logs

But it’s way too nice out.

The Backyard
Lowell, MA

My next-door neighbor’s garden is awesome, but mine, not so much.

The cucumber plants are almost ready to be transplanted outside.

cucumber plants

But the tomato plants are gonna need lots more grow-light and sunshine:

tomato plant sprouts

My back porch
Lowell, MA

The veggie seeds have started to sprout.

The cukes were the first, a couple days ago:
Cucumber Sprouts

The watermelons sprouted today:
Watermelon Sprouts

The Valencia tomatoes have just barley broken the surface:
Tomato Sprout

The Back Porch
Lowell, MA

My veggie seeds order came in the mail yesterday.

Haiku for seeds for the garden:
Look at what’s in here.
Tastes of goodness and summer —
Except for the snow.

Garden seeds and snow

In the Yard
Lowell, MA

I can see something besides snow!

It’s that time of year when a young man’s fancy turns to thoughts of fresh vegetables.

Yesterday I placed my seed order with Annie’s Heirloom Seeds. Multicolor beans, two kinds of cukes, a couple peppers, lots of tomatoes, along with eggplant, greens, and peas.

From the looks of this, there’ll be stuff growing in no time…

Backyard Garden - Snowy still

The Backyard Garden
Lowell, MA

Yesterday was the winter solstice.

People don’t play tennis outside in the winter.

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But these people are gardening in the winter.

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1: West End, Boston
2: B Good, Cambridge

What do the undead and pink flamingos have in common?

After yesterday’s snow, the scarezombie was still keeping watch in the garden:

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But the flamingo in the herb garden is not digging winter:

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In the back yard garden
Lowell, MA

I’m a junk food vegetarian.

Since cutting back half the mulberry tree a couple weeks ago, my little back yard vegetable garden has been getting more sunlight, and things are finally growing. Yeah, it’s mid-September, kinda late, but things are growing.

We use an old wheelbarrow to grow herbs. The parsley and basil have been doing fine all summer. There is nothing better than the smell of freshly picked basil.




The eggplants now have fruit. Is there any vegetable more beautiful than an eggplant?

Eggplant the first

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OK. Heirloom tomatoes are darned handsome, too.

Brown heirloom tomato

Yellow mini banana tomatoes


This cuke got eaten a few minutes after its picture was taken. It was crisp and delicate, and smelled so good.

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But those damned zucchini plants. Pretty flowers, but still no fruit. This is why god made Hannaford’s produce department, I guess.

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Four years ago, we built a small raised vegetable garden in the back yard, in what used to be a sunny corner. It was 8 feet (2.4m) away from a smallish 10 foot (3m) tall wild mulberry bush.

Over the years, the mulberry bush grew into a 25 foot (7.6m) high, 30 foot (9m) wide tree with lovely flavorful, sweet fruit in mid-summer. But the vegetable garden was now in the shade for most of the morning and early afternoon. So a few weeks ago I manned-up, got out the chainsaw, and cut down about half the tree. The garden now gets a couple hours more sunlight every day.

These are zucchini plants.

There’s been a lot of flowers (very pretty, big yellow flowers), but so far no fruit. Y’know how you always hear that people plant too much zucchini? Lies. Zucchini do not come from gardens. (Or at least not from my garden.)


The cukes have finally started growing.

For most of the summer, the little cucumber plants have barely survived. A few weeks ago, all of a sudden, there were flowers! Then tiny little cuke-ettes. Now there’s about a dozen of these guys, ready to pick in a few days.

Cukes - Almost ready!

Anyone can grow tomatoes in New England.

Here’s proof. After a slow start, we got our first real tomatoes of the season last week. With the extra sun, there should be enough of them for a small salad.

Multicolored Tomatoes


Moral of the Story:

A mulberry bush doesn’t make a good neighbor to a vegetable garden.