boston, MA, US

gardening interests: Composting, Container Gardening, Cooking, Culinary Herbs, Square-Foot Gardening, Sustainable Living, Vegetables, vintage collectibles and antiques

Member Since: 03/19/2009

recent comments

Re: Video: Victory Garden (1942 edition)

Ruth it's cathy again, I shared this on my fb but I don't think the link works. Anyway I have copied the ads from bottom... to post as well. I will give you credit though, just wanted to be sure that was ok with you
Cathy Colllins

Re: Video: Victory Garden (1942 edition)

Ruth Thank you so much for sharing this incredible film clip. I was smiling the whole time and the voice over was endearing to me, so reminiscent of war films, etc.

I admit I wish my family and I gardened together in a serious manner like this...I love the way folks lived in the past. Life isn't always better on the fast lane. Don't get me wrong though I love my life too; I just appreciate the time I have to to focus on living my life while remembering and honoring the past and those that have gone before us.

Please friend me on facebook CATHY COLLINS. And we welcome you to FAN our new page on facebook FOOTBRIDGE COVE...regarding our vintage collectibles.

We have a weblog pertaining to vegetable gardening, 'cooking from scratch' and our shop as well.

thanks for sharing I loved this video

Re: Protecting Your Investment

Just showing my husband your photos...
I'm so glad you did that too!!!!!!

Re: Protecting Your Investment

VERY IMPRESSIVE...props to you!
Love your seedling housing : )))
Cathy Collins on facebook, please friend me
web blog re gardening and cooking

Re: Thinning Vegetable Seedlings

Love this post finding it a year later but the plan is still the same. I will thin my lettuce seedlings tomorrow and try a couple per peat pot.
Cathy Collins on facebook, please friend me
aka garden chef

Re: Lettuce in the Spring Garden

Love love love the look of your lettuce. I have some that believe it or not (in zone 6, boston), came up outdoors a few weeks ago from last year. Mustn't have germinated originally. We are expecting 20 degree temps tonite and tomorrow nite so I have them lettuce covered with gallon milk bottles as cloches.

As for my indoor germination of lettuce, it looks NOTHING like yours. I did have a delay (basically had to ignore it for a few weeks) which didn't help. But I am moving everything upstairs tonight, the basement is too cold and I got 250wt heat bulbs instead of regular lgiths bulbs I was using at 120wt. I will water and watch carefully due to heat.

Could you recommend what I should do regarding thinning? I planted a large tray (normally 75 pods) with soiless mix and 4 long lines of lettuce seed. I must post photos. I'm assunmng I should wait til they grow more before thining. Suggestion?

Please friend me on facebook (Cathy Collins) to discuss gardening, there are many great gardening groups on there as well. I also have a blog re: gardening and 'cooking from scratch' that needs updating but give it a peek:

Look forward to hearing from you
gardenchef aka CATHY COLLINS

Re: QUESTION: Starting a veggie garden in zone 6

Hi Jackie I feel for you completely. We're in Boston (love to meet zone 6 gardeners) and it is supposed to 20s tonite and tomoro nite. I have some lettuce that sprouted on its own from last year. I now have it covered with gallon milk jugs. Cut the bottom off milk jug and place bottom over plant so top air gets in. (I made a mistake without airhole last year and fried a a plant!) I also have thyme that has begun to green so i have covered that as well for a couple of days. Believe it or not my basemement has been too cold for my seedlings so I will move them upstairs today into my ocean state $20 cold frame. My cold frame is protable 3' x5'...could you bring your inside for a coupl eof days and put alight on it. I was away for 4 days last week and my seedlings were hurt by lack of care. They should be stronger now than they are...I will update on my blog.

If that is a photo of your current garden it looks awesome but you'll need to cover the whole thing this week. Even heavy plastic garbage bags..held up with sticks?

Friend me on facebook (Cathy Collins) and I have a blog that needs updating re: gardening and cooking from scratch.

Keep in touch and best of luck
Cathy aka gardenchef