Here’s the overwintered hoop house. The spring greens I planted a month ago are only now starting to sprout — there are teeny tiny seedlings of spinach, bok choi, and arugula in there among the overwintered scallions. I planted seeds a month ago, but I hadn’t expected another bout of subzero weather.
So today I pulled the plastic off, watered, planted a row of Gai Lan (where I pulled out the kale that finally gave up the ghost) and replaced the plastic. The key to hoop houses, I’ve discovered, is 2-inch binder clips — they’ve held the plastic during even the worst of our Livingston winds.
Behind this bed you can see the other bed I hooped. Today I watered it pretty thoroughly and put up the plastic, figuring I’ll give it a few days to warm the soil before I try to plant anything.
It’s been a long long winter here and we’re all jonesing for some sort of springtime. I ordered seeds last night, and I usually start tomatoes and peppers about March 15. I know spring has to come eventually, but this year it just seems like its taking an awfully long time.