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These boots were made for Quick Hoops

muddy Bogg boots collage with quick hoop take down

Quick hoop protection no longer needed?

We're crossing our fingers, but at the same time we'll keep the hoops up and the Agribon material handy just in case.

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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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My fabric is off my quick hoops for now, but I've just folded it and left it along one side of the beds....I think It'd be pretty lucky if we don't get another night in the 20s here in Ohio. It sure feels like spring though! I've even got some tomatoes out in pots in my cold frame.
Comment by John Amrhein Tue Mar 13 19:21:06 2012
No fruit flower buds open yet, so I'm not adamantly opposed to the twenties yet. :-) All the plants under the quick hoops right now, though, could handle twenties. I'm about to move the hoops over and start some more tender plants underneath, especially given the forecast of ten days with lows in the high forties and fifties.
Comment by anna Tue Mar 13 19:33:56 2012

I woke up to 3" of snow this morning. But all the plants are ok in the small green house I put up last fall.

I hope to get some quick hoops up this week. Then get the ground warmed up a bit and plant the salad mixed greens I have sprouting.

Anna, I have those onion sprouts that are about 1 1/2 " tall, when can I transplant them into their permanent bed? There may be a few more snow falls before this winter ends.

Comment by Mona Tue Mar 13 21:58:11 2012
Never forget what it is like to put those seeds in the ground. Never forget what that lettuce tastes like. Never forget how your hands and boots got dirty. And never forget those of us who live vicariously through you who have no land, live where it is still WINTER, and the ground is hateful even if you have some.
Comment by Becca Tue Mar 13 22:53:15 2012

Mona --- There are two factors you should consider. First is the number of leaves on the onions (not their height.) The more leaves they have, the more likely they are to handle low temperatures.

Second, I can't remember (or maybe never knew?) which zone you're in. If your onions have at least two leaves, chances are they can handle a light freeze, but won't be able to deal with temperatures in the twenties. So, if you've got cold weather forecast for the next week or so, I'd wait. Otherwise, you might be able to put them out now --- as they get bigger, they'll get more frost resistant.

Becca --- I'm so sorry about your WINTER. :-) If it makes you feel any better, my father has been eating asparagus for three weeks and I'm very jealous.

Comment by anna Wed Mar 14 13:27:40 2012

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