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Vegetable Lover's Lane

Posted at 4:07 PM on April 28, 2008 by Barbara Kattman (2 Comments)

The Holliston locavores are back! April has been a busy month filled with a lot of work and new projects. We had a glorious eight day stretch of beautiful weather. Everything in the world started flowering and spring finally arrived. For the first time in about six months people were smiling and enjoying the exquisite days. Everyone has been outside cleaning up their yards from winter, planting spring flowers, and starting their vegetable gardens.

We have started a new vegetable garden in our daughter's yard in the neighboring town of Medway. She lives on a very sweet street called Lover's Lane. Rick turned over the soil by hand and prepared it for planting, fenced it in to discourage any neighborhood creatures, and our first crops are now growing!

We have planted broccoli, carrots, radishes, swiss chard, beets, spinach, potatoes, beans, and lettuce. Along the fence we have planted annuals including marigolds, snap dragons, lupines, and blue and white morning glory. Rumor has it there may be a few peach trees coming. My husband has put a bird house on top of one of the fence posts and some birds have been exploring it for a possible nest. Many of the neighbors drive by and we have been exchanging gardening tips with them. These days people have so little time to plant gardens so they have enjoyed watching our progress.

My husband is in seventh heaven this year because he now has two yards to tend to! In Holliston we have mostly perennials, loads of old fashion roses, many unique shrubs and flowering trees, and an herb garden. It will be a lot of fun to watch our first vegetable garden in many years grow. We will be posting pictures periodically to share the adventure. It is raining now and many of our crops have begun sprouting even since these pictures were taken a few days ago. Any tips or suggestions for fun crops would be appreciated. What would you like to see growing in our garden?