Quick hoops and snow
One of the biggest
culinary shocks of our power
outage had nothing
do with electricity. We've gotten so spoiled with our quick
of greens and lettuce that I'm used to trotting out to the garden for
at least one vegetable meal a day even in the dead of winter.
But the uncovered
beds currently look like the photo above.
And, on Friday morning, the quick hoops looked like the photo below.
inaccessible, the winter greens and herbs do mostly
seem to be in good shape under the snow. However, one of the
three quick hoops collapsed, pulling out a stake and even breaking a
I suspect it's no
coincidence that the collapsee is the quick hoop
covering lettuce, meaning that I've been slipping under the sides of
the structure constantly for the last couple of months. (Our
uncovered kale has been doing so well that I've only broached the other
quick hoops once.) Perhaps if I'd taken the time to reseat the
fabric and to stake and tighten everything down more carefully before
snow, even this collapse would have been averted.
Looking more closely at
the collapsed quick hoop, I see that one pole
bent double and the fabric was breached in a few places, but the
lettuce underneath is still good (as you can see from the first photo
in this post). When I brushed snow off one end, that pole bounced
back from its bent position, so I suspect we may only have to replace
the one bent hoop and do a little fabric mending.
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