Warm and sunny days are always welcomed after a long Maine winter, however the recent stretch of warm 70˚F temperatures in March is just not normal. In fact, last year around this time we were snow blowing almost 2 feet of snow from the garden paths and shoveling off the raised beds. The temperature was in the 40s that day. This crazy warm weather is expected to continue the rest of the week.
Not surprisingly, the snow pictured earlier in the month melted quickly over the weekend. The soil in the raised Square Foot Garden (SFG) beds drained and dried out quicker than the in-ground gardens and was ready to be worked. The minor garden renovation for 2012 has begun.
The first step was moving the two middle 4x4 SFG beds to their new location. Then compost was added to all the SFG beds, worked in, and the beds leveled off.
The next step to the renovation is to dig up the grassy paths between the remaining SFGs to use as an in-ground gardening space. So from left to right will be a 4x4 SFG, a 9-foot in-ground garden bed, then another 4x4 SFG.
As the snow melted, the fallen leaves from last fall were revealed reminding us that an early snowstorm and a family member's illness kept us from our normal cleanup and leaf gathering. The garden too suffered from neglect at the end of last year. Tomato cages used to protect fall broccoli along with various pots, gardening gloves were left where they stood soon to be covered with snow. Even mounds of soil were not smoothed out after digging potatoes.
There is a lot to do and the weather is prompting me to hurry, hurry, hurry.