St Patrick’s Day = potato planting

Orla potatoesI am a non-conformist. Not a rebel, note – rebellion’s for idealists and fools – but more a square peg in a round hole. Wherever I am in life, I never seem to fit.

I used to hate this. As a young man, I despaired about it. Young people live in terror of being ‘different’. When you know beyond all doubt that you are a total weirdo, being a 16-year-old is purest shit.

I’ve embraced my outsider status over the years. For good or ill, it’s me. I’m simply not mainstream, and there it is.

On the other hand, I enjoy flirting with convention – and I’m religious about planting my first early potatoes on St Patrick’s Day.

In common with folks up and down the UK, I was digging shit and planting potatoes this weekend – and loving it.

It’s a weekend of promise and optimism, and a job to be savoured. Hurry up, Summer!

6 Responses to “St Patrick’s Day = potato planting”

  1. Tanya Walton Says:

    Well I have planted my potatoes yet…and they certainly won’t get done this weekend…maybe I should think about buying them though!!!

  2. The Idiot Gardener Says:

    Good Friday for me; Jesus prefers spuds planted on his death day.

  3. Soilman Says:

    Yo Idiot

    I plant first earlies on St Patrick’s Day, maincrop on Easter Weekend. Thought that was the ‘rule’?

  4. Northsider Dave Says:

    My Orla seed potatoes went in a fortnight ago here in Ireland. You’re right though they should be in for St Patrick’s day. The cattle should also be grazing in the fields. I also can’t wait to sit on my bench with a few tinnies and look at my garden. Great blog Mr Soilman.

  5. Jerry Channell Says:

    I compost my regrets on St. Paddy’s Day and plant English peas, Polish beets, French Radishes, Japanese turnips, Scotch kale & leeks and Italian rapini. I have Austrian field peas growing as green manure in four raised beds which will be turned-in in a month or so, so my German Pink, Giant Syrian, Amish Paste and American Brandywine tomatoes can go in happy. And then I plant my Italian, Cuban, Pakistani, Mexican and Jamaican peppers next to the Florentine onions, Spanish garlic, Swedish rutabaga and Dutch shallots. When I play the field, I up my chances. If only I could farm oysters…

    In the garden(s) of blind conformists, the one-eyed non-conformist is king, Soilman. Nice to see you’re posting again, your site groks.

  6. Soilman Says:

    Thanks for kind words, Jerry.