The weather this week has been a mixed bag. It began with temps in the 50s only to return to chilly upper 30s for a few days. The sun is strong and the temps are warm enough that the snow continues to recede. There are only a few patches left in the yard. All in all it is a typical spring in Maine although much later than last year.
The majority of the yard has dried out so that it can be walked on without feeling spongy and spring cleanup has begun. The yard looks ugly, drab, and very messy right now. We had several windy storms over winter that left a lot of debris strewn across the yard. Mostly pine needles and small branches that need to be raked up.
The garden is still too soggy to work in, but I did take a look at the beds now that the snow has melted. The garlic's protective cover of shredded leaves blew away once the snow diminished. I will need to mulch it again. I was happy to see some garlic sprouts have broken the soil.
I did take a peek beneath the collapsed hoop and row cover. It looked like some kale and spinach survived and had some new growth. We will see how it does now that the insulating snow cover has melted. Our nights are still quite chilly. I really need to build a cold frame this year.
I started peppers this week using a recycled bakery tray and wet paper towel. Not surprisingly the Anaheim pepper seeds sprouted first. These were fresh seeds purchased this year.
Each cell is layered with a piece of wet paper towel and labeled. I check it each day for germination and to make sure the towel stays damp. Once these sprout, they are carefully transferred into waiting soil blocks and placed under the lights.