The weather outside is frightful

The hoops are covered in the nick of time. An April snowstorm? No problem. 

Snow covered hoops

Let's hope it's a bit more delightful inside...

Inside the hoops

The snow is actually the least of our concerns. The current forecast shows the temperature going down to a chilly -7 degrees C tonight. The lightweight row cover on the hoops should buy a couple of extra degrees for the seedlings and also protect them from windchill. Maybe spring will come back in a couple of days?

Hoops going up

The snow has receded enough to put in some hoops. They will be topped with floating row cover to create a more spring-like microclimate for some early crops.

Hoops in place

Normally I would make sure the bed is completely prepped before the hoops go up but I need to get the cover on to warm the soil the rest of the way because there's no time to spare with the first peas and spinach.