Monday, April 25, 2016

2016 Garden Progress

The past two weekends in Maine have been gorgeous.  Warmer weather, a nice breeze, perfect for working in the garden.  And because of that, we have made significant progress in our garden for 2016.


Honestly, it is too early to plant anything out there, but I am taking this time to really prepare the garden beds, and hopefully get rid of every single weed before we start.

Last year we did not garden at all, and instead let the garden beds grow in with weeds and be completely fallow, which I think is probably a good thing after gardening in the same beds every year for 7 years.  It is good for the land to have a rest, and it was good for me to have a rest too!

But, this year, we are back at it.  And, as with every other year, I hope to expand just a bit. 

In the back of our garden, I have three rhubarb plants – as an aside it always amazes me how fast they come up when the weather turns nice – and next to that is a bunch of grass.  I want to dig up that grass this year and plant potatoes.


Several years ago I grew potatoes as a bit of an experiment.  I think every plant I grow at first is an experiment.  Can I actually grow it?  Will some new bug or pest come and eat it all before I can actually get it out of the ground?  Or is it something that may not grow well around here?

I thought potatoes would work, since all of Northern Maine grows potatoes quite well, and they are definitely colder than where I am in Maine.  But, you never know.  I tried growing the potatoes in pots and in the ground, and surprisingly both worked really well.  And the potatoes…oh my goodness they were delicious! 


I believe everything is better fresh from the garden, but eating freshly dug potatoes, it was amazing to taste the flavors.  Instead of a bland potato, it was delicious.  Now, some of that is because of the work that goes into the potato, finally eating the fruits of your labor, but also, food from the garden is more flavorful.

The other plant I think I am going to finally get into the ground is asparagus.  I have never grown asparagus before, and I’m not sure why.  My mom had it in her garden when I was growing up, and I have always loved it.  The main thing with asparagus is that it takes three years before you can actually eat the asparagus.  You need to let it grow for three years before you can actually eat it. 

Because I have never really felt settled in our home (funny since we have been here for almost 9 years), I didn’t plant perennials besides the rhubarb.  I should have, and then I would also have delicious asparagus to look forward to this spring!


I’m not entirely sure how much longer we will stay in our house, but I think it is safe to say planting the asparagus is not going to hurt me in the long run – unless of course we end up moving the first year we can cut that asparagus!

I am looking forward to finishing the cleanup of the garden, and also the paths between the garden beds.  It is hard work, but it is incredibly rewarding when it is done.

The other big thing we have to do before planting time begins – get new fencing.  If you have been reading here very long, you will remember we had quite the woodchuck problem a couple years ago.  I didn’t get my fence up before my seedlings went in, and the lovely woodchuck family decided it would eat most of my lettuce.  I felt a bit like Mr. McGregor running after Peter when I went after them in my pajamas with a stick…I’m sure it was fun for the neighbors to watch though!

We still have about a month before most of our vegetables go in the garden, but there is a lot of work to be done before then!  I’m glad the weather is turning much nicer so we can all be outside enjoying the sun on our backs while we dig in the ground.


Have you started planting anything yet?  Do you have space that you could dig up for a small garden?

32 comments:

  1. I think fresh produce is better, too. I don't have a garden, but I shop at the farmers market frequently!

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  2. Totally living vicariously through you and your gardening. I do not have a green thumb or the energy. But always love seeing others gardens. :)
    Karen | GlamKaren.com

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  3. We haven't planted anything but there are already a few things that have come up all on their own. We normally wait until after the long weekend in May before we plant anything just to make sure that the frost is out of the ground. I can not wait to get a vegetable garden in! Fresh produce is awesome when you can just go outside and get it.

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  4. I was just wondering over the weekend if you would post one of these posts soon! The weather here was been crazy, warm and hot, then rainy then in between and just, well, very un-April like! Things are already blooming, and there are actually flowers out all over the place, which seems weird to me (then again, I've never really paid attention before ;) ).
    Pulling weeds and getting everything squared away isn't the funnest task in the world (this one I'm familiar with, I did yard work for a neighbor for a few summers in high school) but at least it's not too hot yet to be miserable to do it in!

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  5. I'm really late getting started this year, but we got all our soil turned over in the beds this past weekend, so I just have to get planting!

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  6. It is looking so good! I need to get my garden together for the year! I am so excited to get growing!

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  7. I've never tasted fresh potatoes, and I'm a huge potato fan! Our yard is pretty small so we haven't started a veggie garden, but I can imagine the possibilities. My thumb is desperately brown, but I've considered giving it a shot more than once.

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  8. We made raised garden beds like yours for our house last year and they have seriously helped our veggies grow faster (& better!) than having them planted directly into the ground! I hope your gardening season treats you well!

    Rachel | www.seashellsandsparkles.com

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  9. I love potatoes and you are absolutely correct that they taste better than store bought. We haven't had luck with the pots, though. we grow all our lettuce in a big pot and call it the salad bowl!

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  10. I agree fresh produce and veg is always better than store brought produce. We used to have vegetable plots but sadly we don't any more :/

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  11. I used to grow a lot of veggies! Nothing like homegrown strawberries or tomatoes, however we got a ground squirrel problem and those suckers ate EVERYTHING. Plants and all.

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  12. I haven't started doing a single thing this Spring at all. I really need to clean up our flower garden but first I also need to get my lawn taken care of. I'm no good when it comes to gardening.

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  13. Gardening is such hard work, but so worth it too. I've not had a chance to build my garden yet, but I intend to this year.

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  14. I would love to have a small garden but are thumbs aren't to green. We planted some seeds with my son that we've been watching. They just started to sprout.

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  15. The weather here in Wisconsin is still not cooperating. We have yet to get our there and start our garden for this year. The asparagus is so worth it! Everyone should have a garden because it DOES taste better! Even better to get the kids involved and let their life long love of veggies and gardening begin!

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  16. You've inspired me to want to start a garden! I am anxious to see if I have a green thumb!

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  17. I have a small garden that I love. I can't wait to start picking fresh home grown tomatoes.

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  18. We are in Georgia so we have had ours pkantyed for a few weeks and it's so much fun me and the kids absolutely love it.

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  19. Your garden looks and sounds amazing! We're just renting right now, but I hope that we can have a garden one day!

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  20. I love fresh produce but since we live in an apartment complex we really don't have the room for a garden. I can't wait to be in a house so I can start one!

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  21. We don't have a garden here at our house, but my in-laws have a pumpkin farm that we help out with. We usually start planting around Memorial Day. I would love to have a little garden here someday though.

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  22. Gardening is such hard work. I can't wait to start our garden here, if it would ever start raining!

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  23. I do not have a green thumb, but I appreciate those who do! I love garden-fresh produce though!

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  24. I love your garden! I have two raised bed Garden's were a grow a lot of our summer vegetables. I love that you had a woodchuck problem. I know it probably isn't funny when they eat all of your vegetables but woodchucks some so adorable!!! I just get slugs. Bleck

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  25. what a fun garden. I currently live in a condo and miss having a yard where I can have a garden but we are planning on moving soon - so it's only a matter of time ;)

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  26. Okay I am having garden envy right now. I can't wait to start my backyard garden

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  27. We are still in the "just talking about it" phase of our gardening plan. ;)

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  28. My garden needs some serious TLC! I'm waiting for the rains to stop so I can finally tend to it! I think I need to plant some more succulents though. :) Perfect for drought California!

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  29. It's looking good. I still live at home as I'm a uni student, but can't wait to have my own garden and start making it look beautiful like yours!

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  30. This makes me so jealous! I wish my community allowed us to dig and use that much room.

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  31. I am not very good at gardening, but I love to try. I never knew that fact about asparagus! It's packed full of nutrients so if you can get it going, I bet you'll be very thankful once you can eat it!

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  32. I wish I could start planting a garden already. Here in Michigan, It's been way too cold. Today, it was only 39 degrees. I am so ready for summer.

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