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