getting the garden ready for snow

Garden Structures
Last Sunday morning, before the Big Snow Storm hit, I spend a couple hours in my vegetable garden getting things set. My husband removed the plastic outer layer from my winter tunnel and then taped on a cross bar onto the top of the hoops for extra support. I opened…
 
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winter bed

Garden Structures
Whenever we get a couple days with night temperatures above freezing I open up my winter bed. It’s not as full as last year since I planted late in the fall, but there are lots of greens coming along. Spinach, lettuce, bok choy, and cabbage. Some overwintered rosemary. I was…
 
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hoop greenhouse construction

Garden Structures
We’re building a hoop house today!! It will be 10×12 ft and will go in the backyard, unheated, and should hold lots of seedling trays. It will be a temporary, spring-only structure to give extra space during April and May. Today is a chilly wet day, so we are enjoying…
 
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mouse traps in the winter tunnel

Garden Structures
  All our snow is gone now. We got a couple inches of rain last night. In one night we went from a foot of snow to almost no snow at all.   I had opened my winter tunnel to the rain and air for the past couple days. The…
 
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winter tunnel clean up

Garden Structures, Garden Work
I opened up my winter greens tunnel this afternoon, but it wasn’t a pretty sight. All the romaine lettuce was wilted and rotting. I guess the week of sub-zero temperatures was too cold for it. Plus it looks like a mouse had gotten in. There was a mouse nest and…
 
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adding support at top of winter tunnel

Garden Structures
A January thaw and lots of rain ahead. For the next two nights our temps won’t fall below 40F. Quite balmy! I plan to open up my collapsed winter garden tunnel tomorrow. I’ll dig it out from under the foot of snow. I’ll plan to put that top support pole…
 
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winter garden

Garden Structures
My garden is snow covered from an early storm. We got about 5 inches of heavy wet snow yesterday. My winter tunnel collapsed at the ends. I didn’t put the top support on. I’ll do that soon. I use duct tape and attach a PVC pipe along the top apex…
 
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