Sunday, June 2, 2013

Arugula with a message

The 2013 Garden Season is in full swing! I have lots of good news and some less good news to share. Good news goes first.

Thank-you to Bountiful Brookline for the seeds. Seedlings are on my porch and ready to go in.
Special thanks to Valerie and the GreenThumb Growers at 99 Kent! The greenhouse is bursting at the seams  and they've provide dozens of plants that are in the garden already.

The spicy arugula from 2012 self seeded and it's doing fantastic. It needs to be harvested. Take your scissors and cut it right at the base. Help yourself but be warned, it's got some kick.

The chives are doing great! Those too can be harvested anytime and they will keep growing. Bring your scissors and cut 1/2" from the ground.

WWW: Waterers and Weeders Welcome
We need your help! The garden needs weeding and watering. Tomatoes need staking.

July 1st, my family is moving to Maryland. That means we are losing 4 critical volunteers. If you were waiting for the right time to step in and get your hands dirty, now is the time! If you didn't like the shape the garden was going and you want to change things, now is the time. If you want to coordinate volunteers but don't want to get dirty, now is the time. Feedback on the 200'Garden is wonderful. Tons of passers by compliment the gardeners whenever we are out. It would be wonderful to keep the garden in tip-top shape. Please email me if you want to help or take charge.

Email to follow shortly as we'll be setting up a regular weeding-watering night.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Thank-you for a Great Season.

Jenny and I got the garden cleaned up today with help from Ian, Cedar, and Hudson. We left in kale and lettuce so please help yourselves. 

Thanks to Yvonne for the tomatoes - they continue to be awesome. We couldn't have done the weeding without all your help: Laura, Max, Hannah, Christina, Ian, Pat, Noah, Roberta, LuraLee, Hudson, and Cedar. Thanks to Kevin and Nancy for watering. And thanks also to Joe and the Village at Brookline/WinnResidential for the use of their fence-line without whom we wouldn't have a garden

As always, feedback is welcome, as are suggestions and donations for 2013. (We are looking for a new hose reel in 2013)

Peas and lovage.

p.s. Tomatillo salsa is awesome. Next time I will use all the jalapenos! 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

200' Fall Clean-up - Sat. Oct. 27@1:30 pm

Dear 200' Garden Blog Readers and Gardeners, 

I have both good and sad news. The sad news is that the 2012 garden season is coming to a close. All are welcome to come help put the garden to bed for the winter. Fall Clean-up begins Saturday October 27 @1:30 pm. We'll have some snacks and  apple cider.

We still have green tomatoes, salad greens, kale, and oregano. Here's a sampling of last weekend's haul. Can you say Tomatillo Salsa!? (Does anyone still have cilantro ...).

The good news is that it is time to plan for 2013. If you have suggestions for next year and/or  feedback on 2012, we'd love to hear from you (all feedback is welcome). For example, some people would like larger cucumbers and tomatoes. Got it! At National food day this evening I tried some sage lemonade and it was delicious! Sage is another one for 2013. Feel free to email me at

Hope to see you Saturday!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Sunday Workday

Hello 200' Gardeners - the days are getting shorter (and this week they were wetter). Tuesday night got rained out before we could finish. Come on out this Sunday, September the 9, at 2 pm, for some more garden fun.We have tomatoes, cucumbers, kale, very spicy arugula, basil, and beans!! Hope to see you soon.

p.s. I forgot to give photo credits this week to H. Kennedy.

September in the Garden

As a newcomer to Brookline and the 200’ Garden, we have enjoyed getting to know our neighbors. We get tons of compliments and comments whenever we are out weeding, watering, and simply walking by. But not everything we hear is positive. Last week I was reprimanded because the tomatoes were not getting large. I tried to explain that we only (mostly) planted cherry tomatoes. The same person was upset about the small (pickling) cucumbers. Another person last week was upset that we picked a couple of small eggplant and told me that they were "too small". But by and large, what we hear is positive. It’s great to pass by and see people harvesting some veggies, to be told that their son found another cucumber. We even get people’s phone numbers. Here are just a few things people have said to us:

“This garden is my favorite part of summer”.

“My child only eats vegetables out of this garden".

“Thank-you so much for doing this. I don’t know why you do it. You’re a nicer person than I am.”

After a short visit, two people have said, “Hey, I just met you, this is crazy, but here’s my number, call me maybe.” 

Is it odd that two people are called “Maybe”?

Monday, July 16, 2012

Is July 15 too early for cukes?

If Roberta has tomatoes ready, then I suppose it's OK to have cucumbers! Thanks to Laura, Christina, and Hannah who weeded and collected the last of the peas last Tuesday. Regular worknights are winning the battle against the weeds. Yahoo. Special thanks to Hudson for watering all 200'.

Friday, June 22, 2012

The First Strawberry!!

Look who is loving this weather:

 p.s. Please eat the peas and the lettuce and arugula.