Patriots’ Days

For those of us living in the rural parts of Maine, Patriot’s Day means more than the holiday we share with Massachusetts (formerly part of Maine) commemorating the start of the Revolutionary War, Paul Revere’s Ride (and nowadays, The Boston Marathon)–it also means time to Plant Peas!

And depending on the year in question, it can feel too early,  just right, or like I’ve already missed the boat and should go right to the tomatoes–this year is one of the latter.  It is a very early spring here.  I consulted my garden journal from last year, where I noted that the Leonard Messel magnolia bloomed on May 1, and that the daffodils were in full bloom as well.  Here’s today:

In addition to the lovely ornamentals, the garlic is up,and the strawberries (newly planted last year) are looking good!

Thanks to some great help and pre-planning last fall, the garden is almost completely prepped for planting.  There was one bed with a bunch of witch grass and big dandelion clumps, which I thoroughly enjoyed pulling out.  The raised bed soil is still very workable and loose, but it has compacted some. This was nothing like the mounds of witch grass we used to spend hours(!) wresting from the soil in a previous garden back in the day–I don’t miss that AT ALL.

So, I’ve been celebrating Patriots’ Days, (officially on the 16th this year, but actually the 19th) by planting, and harvesting some goodies from the Hoop.

Even though the garden looks barren, it is seething with activity–earthworms galore, spiders, blackflies and one butterfly, a small wide, orangish one that didn’t stick around long enough for me to get a good look at it.  The ducks joined in eating slugs (I hope) and worms (I know).

Even Findus cooperatively hung out by the Hoop so the ducks wouldn’t be tempted by the goodies within.

So far in the ground this week: Peas, Fava Beans, Shallots, Potatoes, Poppies, Calendula, Mesclun, Radishes, Chard, Mustard Greens, Turnips, Carrots, Beets, Parsnips, Rutabagas, Sweet Peas, Dill and Provider Green Beans (in the Hoop).

Harvesting in the Hoop–Baby Spinach, Asian Greens, Green Onions, Chard, Radishes, Turnip Greens.

Still to go in the Patriots’ Days Window–Asparagus, various new shrubs and (hopefully) Onion Plants (if they ever get here!) Also a whole lot of seeds to start in the greenhouse–cabbage, broccoli, kale………


  1. Phoebe says:

    Yum, Fava Beans!! I can’t wait to help out in the garden when I am home and eat fresh greens again

  2. Polly says:

    Ahhh, so much stuff up already!! Can’t wait to come home in a few weeks and if it’s warm, help out/nibble…the magnolia is beautiful and all the little animals are so cute!

  3. Margie says:

    looks great mama!!

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