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Garden 'siteseeing' in New England

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Every week we like to go garden visiting via Web, to see what's going on with gardeners in other parts of the US and the world. Today we're in New England -- Maine, Massachusetts, and Vermont, where fall is definitely in the air.

If you're an animal lover, you know that pets often enjoy the garden as much as humans do. Not too many dogs grow vegetables, though. An exception is Skippy, a handsome 3-year-old Portugese water dog who lives near Boston and thinks that Kathy's vegetable garden is really his.

Actually, Skippy's Vegetable Garden is now two -- a small, often-too-shady plot at home and a new, sunnier spot at a community garden. He and Kathy count down to the first frost, enjoy harvests of fresh shell beans, picking basil and make pesto, and in general enjoy vegetable gardens that are apprecaited as much for their attractiveness as for their yield.

No word on what Skippy's favorite veggie is. His favorite activity, though, seems to be running through fall fields awash in the last wild blooms of the season.

The Constant Gardener is Tom Atwell, a staff writer for the Portland Pres Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He gardens with his wife, Nancy. His gardening goal, he says, is "to have continuous compost from his three compost bins, continuous bloom in his low-maintenance garden, and more fruits and vegetables on his family table than the garden pests eat in the field." Sounds like a plan to me.

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