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I love the smell of parsnips in the afternoon

It smells like victory.

Last fall's parsnip harvest

Last fall’s parsnip harvest

At the end of the season last fall, I dug up about two dozen well-formed parsnips, almost six pounds worth. Also the usual tomato, eggplant, and chile pepper.  This was the biggest surprise, as I had never had any luck before growing carrots or parsnips. But last winter, I had enough parsnips to last me until April!

Over the winter, I tallied up which plants were more successful and which weren’t. On the worth it list:  Tomato plants, Parsnip seeds, Shallot sets, Eggplant plants, Carrot seeds, Pepper plants, and Squash seeds. Not worth it: Broccoli plants, Potato sets, Parsley plant, Snap pea plant & seed, and Lettuce plants. The mushroom kit was a nearly complete waste of money, and the raspberries & strawberries that I planted years ago continue to pay off.

Community garden plot full of greenery

Community garden plot full of greenery

This spring I renewed my resolution to avoid buying plants, and to trust my seeds to sprout. I resolved do better at growing greens. I have done better at planting my community garden plot to square foot grids. I marked out paths inside the plot.

Bags and bags of greens

Bags and bags of greens

Today was my first harvest. I picked several ounces of pea tendrils, a pound of flowering yu choy, and three pounds of turnip greens! Smells like victory!

So I celebrated by planting more parsnips.

Penultimate Harvest

A frost warning sent me out to my community garden plot yesterday to gather all the green tomatoes that were never going to get ripe.

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I picked a heavy bagful of tomatoes, a few from my Butter Bush, a lot from the Rutgers, plus four more huge tomatoes from a volunteer tomato plant in my home garden. It was so many, it felt like more than all the ripe red tomatoes I’ve picked put together.

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Planted my garden plot today

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Well, I’m finally recovered from NERAX, and plots are ready in the Watertown Community Garden, so today I went over to plant mine.  Besides, Earth Day is a day to spend in the garden.

Things are looking pretty spartan still at the community garden, and I had to circle around a few times to find my number amid the mostly bare plots. At first I thought 5 feet by 6 feet was pretty big, but I managed to fill it up.

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