I was checking to see how much rain we had.† Instead of rain, we had snow.† The big bad wolf had huffed and puffed and blew my house down during the night.† All the sheeting was laying on the ground between two of the raised beds.
I found this little guy after I got the plastic sheeting back over the frame.
I can honestly say I’ve never seen a worm cruising along in the snow. I guess the little critters†felt like they were vacationing in Arizona on the inside of that raised bed because the soil†surface was actually warm to the touch the last time I checked the temp.† Yay!!† Looks like the worms have found their way into our yard after all.
I was surprisingly non-bummed out when I looked at all that snow on my recently germinated seeds.† I just took the broom, dusted the snow off as best I could without ripping my seedlings out of the ground and put the cover back on.† This was around 9:30 in the morning, and by 4:00 in the afternoon, all of the snow had melted on the floor of the raised bed and you could see a little condensation on the walls.
Today, Monday, at about 2:00 the inside temperature is…
…a balmy (almost) 60 degrees.† The seedlings still look okay.† We’ll see how well they do†over the next few days.
And the frozen tundra?† Just 24 little hours later it’s almost back to normal.
Gardening is an experiment.† My experiment is no longer how much of a jump I can get on the season with a “hoop house.”† My experiment now is†to see how newly germinated frost tolerantant seedlings fair†when they get snowed on.