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:
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.
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).
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).
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………