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Moving the quick hoops

Quick hoop cover

The kale no longer needs covering, so I've moved our quick hoops on to spring crops.  After mending the fabric last week, though, I left the covers off because I wanted rain to wet the manure I added to the recently planted beds.  Now cold weather is on its way back, so I figured it was time to put the fabric on.

Shortening a quick hoop

I initially cut my quick hoop fabric to run the entire length of a mule garden bed.  Since the areas that currently need protection aren't quite that long, I ended up untying the knot at one end of the fabric and retying it further in.  This is equivalent to using a safety pin to take up pants for a kid who's going to grow more later.

Spring garden

Despite a bit of wind, it only took about fifteen minutes to get two new beds under cover.  The third quick hoop was already in place covering the earliest planting of lettuce.  Now we're ready for March to go out like a lion.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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I am so jealous. We have about an inch of snow on the ground, the lake is still frozen over, and the ground is frozen solid. I had intended to take a soil sample last weekend and plant peas this coming weekend, but obviously, neither of those things are going to happen. sigh I am very ready for spring.

The weather is providing one bit of amusement, though: the geese have arrived, and when they discover the lake they flew all the way north to get to is frozen, they are VERY offended. And there's nothing funnier than a bunch of offended Canada geese.

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