Planting the Garden in a Cold Spring

Spring is definitely late this year in Maine.  After transplanting tomatoes and artichokes outside and sowing seeds for corn, carrots, lettuce, peas, and beats over a glorious Memorial Day weekend, my garden was pummeled for the past few days with rain and temperatures below 50 degrees.  I’m hoping that all of the seeds survived and will sprout up in the coming sunshine.


You can see a new fence in the picture.  This was put in (and painted) by my boyfriend this weekend to protect the little plants from geese.  Geese are purely vegetarian beasts and really don’t like much besides grass and grain to eat.  However they will nibble on anything which is very harmful when a plant is only a few leaves tall.  In addition to that geese have absolutely no regard for where they are walking and can easily crush seedlings.  You would not think that they would go into the garden, since it is far from their home and they spend most of their days in the pond, but if a person is anywhere on our property they have to be right next to the human.


There is still plenty more to plant, including the new upper bed for pumpkins and other viney vegetables.  I’ll be working in that bed this weekend and I hope that at the end of the year we’ll have lots of pumpkins to carve as well as squash, cucumbers, and zucchini.

In addition to the garden and the chicks we are also starting to put the barn which was dismantled last year back up in its new location.  It is going to be a busy summer!


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