Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Mud Season MIA in 2012

Spring rains and melting snow usually combine into a muddy mess this time of year for most of us in New England. I am used to dealing with muddy dog prints in the house and waiting for things to dry out before digging in the garden. Not this year. The good news is the garden beds are almost all cleaned up, but bad news is the soil is dry, dry, dry.


Expanding the garden area by removing the grass in between the beds was easy both because the soil was so dry and the grass has not begun to grow yet. It was almost effortless to scrape away the sod and shake the soil out. These beds have been double dug, amended with compost, and will be framed out with pinewood. The frames will help to both to contain the soil and make it easier to trim the grass in between the beds. 

Kale, Swiss Chard, Pak Choi, and Spinach have been enjoying the outside sunshine to the past two weeks and were transplanted to one of the SFGs under protection yesterday. I had to break out the hose and soak the bed first.


Some fencing serves as a hoop to hold a row cover. The whole bed is covered in plastic at night since temperatures are still below freezing.

Spinach, Swiss Chard, Pak Choi, and Kale Under Cover

Swiss Chard

Kale

Pak Choi

The garlic bed was also in need of a good soaking: 

Garlic Bed
The shelves in the seed starting area in the basement are filling up:


The lettuce will be next to spend some time outside:



Peppers are taking their sweet time to germinate. Here are a few early sprouters:



There were predictions of rain this week, but we only had a few sprinkles here and there. The wind too has been pretty fierce the past few weeks drying things out even more. We are in great need of a good soaking rainstorm. 

21 comments:

  1. I resorted to watering most of the garden. If we don't get rain tomorrow the rest will be watered because after that it is warm weather and sun shine. Nice to be outside, but the plants really need some water.

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    1. I had to water a few times last week on the beds that are planted. We never received the rain that was predicted last week. The lettuce has been enjoying a few days outside this week, but won't be planted until after our high heat on Monday;

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  2. It's dry here in the midwest as well. Last year we got so much rain it was hard to plant, this year it's the opposite.

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  3. It's dry here in the midwest as well. Last year we got so much rain it was hard to get anything planted, this year it's the opposite.

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    1. Yes, last year the in ground beds took a while to dry out. Now they are too dry. At least the beds can be watered though.

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  4. Everything looks good, and that seed starting station has me jealous. It is massive! Hopefully you guys will get some rain in the next week. :)

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    1. Kris, the seed starting station was built up over time. I started with a small shelf then added to it the following years. It serves me well. Even off season it is used for storing seedling supplies and containers.

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  5. With the warm weather I planted the cool veggies under cover...they have not gotten beyond small plants but this weekend the weather is predicted to warm all next week...I plant them all from seed outside...later veggies are being planted inside this weekend...yours are looking good.

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    1. I am always amazed how fast seedlings grows when the weather warms up.

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  6. Dry here too. It's been overcast but rainless. If it doesn't rain this weekend, I'll have to plug up the hose. Your starts are looking great, GM !

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    1. Last week it was overcast and it LOOKED like it was about to rain, but nothing came down but a few sprinkles here and there. Not enough. The fire danger is really high right now.

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  7. ou garden area is looking great. It will be fun for you to have so much extra space to plant in this year. Here in the PNW we are haveing a cool, wet Spring unlike the rest of the US. It's pretty scarry that the East coast is already so dry and its only April. Mush too early to start watering. Look forward to watching your gardens progress!

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    1. It's amazing how different the weather is on the opposite side of the country. It would be good if we could average it out.

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  8. Your swiss chard looks so good with its crimson stalk. You lettuce look lush too.

    Nice arrangement in the basement for your seed starters. It looks like a corners of a mini greenhouse my aunt once had.

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    1. Thanks Sri! I love the colors of the chard and would probably grow it just because I think it is pretty.

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  9. I am really surprised how dry the winter was, and now spring as well. My basement is thanking me, but I don't know what that means for the gardens.

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    1. Heather, you are right...Our sump pump has remained quiet. I should be thankful for the basement staying dry this spring.

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  10. It's dry here too. I connected my rain barrels last month when we had the warm spell and since then we have only had a sprinkle of rain!

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  11. Waiting for rain can be very frustrating. I have a feeling it's going to be a common problem in the upcoming years. How nice, though, to expand the garden easily. Our peppers are at about the same stage!

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  12. I hope you get some soaking rains soon. Watering significantly this early in the season is pretty unusual. Your young plants look good and the beds look great!

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  13. Exactly the opposite, here! Everything in my garden is drowning. We got 2 inches of rain last night alone. Let's trade weather!

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