Well the weather has been a little rough here that past few weeks, we have had a few freezing cold snaps, ice storms and snow fall. But through it all the little seeds and plants we have started in the hoop house have survived and are even beginning to thrive thanks to the sun coming out and some warmer moist air moving our way. Also because we made a hot frame in the hoop house, it added extra warmth and insulation for the less hardy plants that like heat better.
We first put down cardboard, then wood shavings, then mulched hay, then some potting soil on top. We divided the bed with little pieces of wood to plant in different sections.
After planting, we covered the bed with several pieces of plastic and row cover to keep them extra warm and moist. We made sure to check to see if they were dry often, making sure we kept them watered but not flooded or soaked.
In just a few weeks we had little green plant babies popping up!
Yay! Their growing!
We also made long row beds to plant other seedlings that had sprouted and needed transplanting to a bigger place. Once again we started with cardboard and newspaper, then added the other layers of mulch and soil.
Ready to plant!
A few weeks later the arugula is doing well. Growing like crazy.
The lettuce is almost big enough to eat now!
The ice and snow makes little drifts around the hoop house, making it more insulated. We are so glad that through the cold the plants did well! Before too long they will be ready to plant out into raised beds in the garden! To learn about our other homestead adventures, click here and visit The West Ladies at Home