bliss

Saturday was one of those days in Maine…the kind of day people envision when they think of ‘vacationland’… the kind of day which makes me appreciate living here – a cloudless brilliant blue sky, the sound of warm breezes blowing through tree leaves, roses in bloom, hot sunshine, green grass, waves gently rolling in the background and most importantly no bugs. The last part is the most critical – you see, Maine is notorious for its’ mosquitos, there are LOTS of them and where I live, they are relentless – truly incomprehensible…SO, to have the entire day to myself (Michael and Finn were out for the day), absolutely stunning weather (prior to this we’d been having nothing but rain) and to not be constantly assaulted with buzzing and biting (mosquitos), well, the day was absolute perfection (for a girl in rural Maine who loves her garden)… I spent five blissful hours outside, working in my garden.

I transplanted pumpkin seedlings,  planted more beans, carrots and spinach in order to have a continuous supply…I also planted corn seeds – I love fresh corn on the cob in August.

I was also thankfully able to transplant my tomato plants – they were over 3 feet in height and desperate to get in the ground. I planted each with a few basil plants (said to enhance flavor) and marigolds (pest control) as well as borage (for the dreaded tomato worm – they were terrible last year). I’d never seen or worked with borage, but I’d learned of its’ benefits from companion planting with tomatoes, so I gave it a try – I’m curious to see what comes of it.…if all works well this year, I’ll start a few borage plants from seed next year. It’s also said to help prevent worms in corn as well.

I then mulched the new transplants with hay to help with weeds as well as prevent moisture loss. I then happily picked baby lettuce, kale and spinach and have enjoyed them every night since.

I am hopeful for a good garden season – the risk with gardening is you just never know how it will all turn out – it’s all a bit of an experiment really…we cannot control the weather, thus we cannot control what may come of all our hard work. You may know the what, where and when of planting and gardening, yet still you cannot control the outcome of your labor…We prep the soil, begin seedlings months in advance, plan the layout, plant, weed, water and continue looking after the soil and if mother nature decides not to cooperate, well, that’s just how it is…So while I hope (and work towards) an abundant season (there’s nothing better that homegrown veggies) I know in the end, its not up to me – it will just be as it is…so until then, I will eat my greens and hope for more!

and the rains came…

but yesterday was brilliant. Perfect for planting a more seeds…fennel, more baby lettuce, another row of beets and two rows of marigolds. The swiss chard is peeking up and out, the spinach is coming on strong, as is the baby lettuce, the beets have also sprung up and the carrots are taking their time…it was such a pleasure to be out in the garden yesterday;  warm sun on my face, a content two year digging up dirt beside, no heavy layers of clothing, just a pair of shorts and a t-shirt and most refreshingly, not a single mosquito buzzing me.

The mosquitos here are atrocious. Truly insane causing…so much so I need to wear a net over my head (I don’t like being bit in the face, I find it so rude), music playing loudly in my ears (to block out the insane causing, unremitting buzzing) and all body parts completely covered with fairly thick apparel, regardless of the heat and humidity levels…

As I write all this, I think, WHAT? – all that to garden? And then I see in my minds eye, the overflowing basket full of freshly picked corn and tomatoes, peas straight from their pod still warmed from the sun, spinach, kale and swiss chard so fresh you taste richness, carrots super sweet and crisp… all that the blood, sweat and tears – worth it.

The garden is popping outside…

baby lettuce (left)

spinach (center)

kale (below)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And inside everything is thriving…