Humble Garden

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Cold New England gardening – an update

Posted by Nika On May - 30 - 2009

Humble Garden 2009: cabbage, mesclun, spinach

I wrote previously about our cold frames. I thought I would show you a few shots from around the garden showing those raised beds as well as the others.

Its been VERY cold here and very overcast so the garden has been in stasis. Today its sunnier and I expect our bush beans to explode this weekend!

Humble Garden 2009: spinach

Humble Garden 2009: cabbage and dill

Cabbage with companion dill

Humble Garden 2009: spinach and kale

Humble Garden 2009: mesclun, chamomile, kale, bok choy

Baby kale, bok choy, chamomile, and mesclun lettuces

Humble Garden 2009: green beds

Humble Garden 2009: organic open pollinated soybean

Sprouting organic open pollinated soybean plant

Humble Garden 2009: some of the beds

Tomatoes and peppers

Humble Garden 2009: Tomatoes

Some of our tomatoes

4 Responses to “Cold New England gardening – an update”

  1. Heidi says:

    Wow! Everything looks great and very lush considering the cold weather. We’ve had it up here in Maine too. I’m SOOO ready for some sun and warmer temps and so are my plants. Happy Growing!

  2. Nika says:

    Sorry this took so long! Those brassicas love the cold so no problem!

    Today was a lovely day! I am ok if the summer is a cool one, as long as the sun comes out!

    Your greenhouse was so beautiful!

  3. Judith Haran says:

    I am so inspired by what you’re doing, I just have to ask, might you be located somewhere in Central Massachusetts? I live in Holden, near Worcester, and would really, really like to meet a like minded soul who lives within a 10-20 mile radius of here. (Just joined Transition MA and convinced my neighbor to join also – he’s not ready to become active yet.) I would love to see your raised beds in action. We just created some that are surrounded by one layer of concrete blocks, and I’m thinking we’re going to have to redo them after this season because we didn’t protect the bottoms from all those tunnelling creatures. I’d love to find out more about your design. Yours look so productive, you must have more greens than you know what to do with by now!

  4. Nika says:


    Nice to meet you! We live in Wales, next to Brimfield (not sure how far Holden is). You are welcome to come and check out the garden beds (and chickens and goats). I trained for Transition back in November (Cambridge) so it would be double fantastic to meet you and perhaps we can get some juice going here in this region!

    We do indeed have loads of greens! Am pulling a patch of mesclun (fed to pastured chickens today) to make room for something else that fixes nitrogen, that spot was looking sort of anemic

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We are a family of 5, including Nika, Ed, Q (14), KD (7), and Baby Oh (4). We garden 1024 square feet of raised beds plus assorted permacultural plantings. We also have 13 LaMancha dairy goats, 40 chickens, and one guard llama.



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