Here's what I saw this morning:
|The Garlic Bed|
|The Shallot Bed|
Some of the perennial herbs (those sturdy little soldiers!) are reaching up towards the sun! I don't worry about them at all. They are troopers that can take a frost, shake it off, and keep moving forward.
Mr. Coleman's Book inspired us to devise our "hoop houses". Tunnels, really. They up the temperatures inside by at least one planting zone (we're 6B here in Floyd) which gives us winter temperatures that mimic those found around Charlotte, NC and sometimes warmer. There are days when we have to vent the tunnels a little because they get a little too warm and humid. The frames of the tunnels with the plastic removed and netting in place have served to keep deer, raccoons, rabbits and other marauders out of the beds when the weather gets warm.
|With plastic in place|
|With netting in place|
We also started building our trellises out of 1/2" rigid metal conduit and elbows and 4' rebar.
All the winter crops are now out of the tunnels (except for the fava beans), the soil has been cultivated and bedded with leaf mulch, and is now warming and waiting to welcome the earliest spring cool weather crops. The countdown has begun!