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Interstate Movement

October 19, 2010

We’ve moved to New Jersey.  Maplewood, New Jersey to be exact.  Reasons for the move were more economic in nature than lifestyle, the latter being the main reason for our move to Maine in 2002.  One of the candidates for Maine governor this year likes to say “Maine’s best days are ahead, not behind.”  What she neglects to say is those days are way too far in the future to be seen.  Over the 8 years we spent in the state, it became painfully clear that it’s hard to make a living and even harder to get ahead, and that wasn’t going to change anytime soon.  But we can’t fully quit you Maine.  We’ll be back as vacationers and visitors, if not part-time landlords.

I wrapped my season in mid-August: dug out all the potatoes from the bags and beds, gathered 8 green tomatoes, snipped an eggplant, cut 2 bell peppers and 6 serranos, and harvested about 2 lbs. of beans.  Our new home was previously occupied by a gardener with serious landscaping abilities, so the karma is definitely intact.  Vegetable plots will be scattered around the property out of necessity due to the huge, mature maples and oaks that overshadow our neighborhood.  They are beautiful, but they squeeze out the sun from most areas.  Looking forward to a longer and warmer gardening season next year.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. October 19, 2010 10:01 AM

    Yay! So glad to see you’re really getting “settled” in and have gotten some time to share with us!! That’s quite an end of the season haul!

  2. Kevin permalink*
    October 19, 2010 11:24 AM

    Thanks. We had much potato to consume for sure, never a bad thing. And the garlic is storing well and should last through the winter.

  3. October 19, 2010 11:32 AM

    Congrats on the new house in the Garden State. I’ve got many fond memories of Jersey summer produce. Am I the first to ask: What exit?

    • Kevin permalink*
      October 19, 2010 1:59 PM

      Hey there, thank you. You are actually the first to ask. The answer is 143, off the Parkway. You a former Jersey boy?

  4. October 19, 2010 1:50 PM

    Is the house pink? If there’s anything I learned from 13 GOING ON 30, the culmination of everyone’s dream is to own a pink house in Jersey suburbia.

    Looking forward to pics of the new place.

    • Kevin permalink*
      October 19, 2010 2:53 PM

      Ha. Not so much. The roughly 5,000 former Brooklynites who are my neighbors would never own a pink house anyway.

  5. Alana permalink
    October 21, 2010 11:29 AM

    Congrats on the new digs, Kevin! Glad there’s plenty of garden already and I know you’ll only make it better 🙂 can’t wait to visit!

    • Kevin permalink*
      October 21, 2010 3:21 PM

      Hi Alana. Thanks. Hope to see y’all sometime soon.

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