We embrace the first day of Spring like a long lost friend. Temperatures reached 70˚F by midday on Saturday. It felt so strange to be outside in short sleeves.
I began by replacing the nylon netting on two of the SFGs:
The old netting turned brittle from exposure to the elements and easily snapped with little pressure. I surely don’t want to chance growing tomatoes on netting that may fail mid-season. Last year I had difficulty finding nylon netting in my area and ended up ordering it online. This year I had no trouble at all finding it in several big box stores among their seedling displays:
Although tempted by this warm stretch of weather we have been experiencing, I reluctantly decided not to plant some peas along the trellis right now. It is really too early and our nights are still below freezing. I am going to wait a few more weeks at least.
I also added two 10 foot pvc conduit over the SFG that contains the overwintered spinach and will house new spring transplants soon:
This dome method described in Mel Bartholomew’s All New Square Foot Gardening seemed to be the simplest solution to providing frost and cold protection to the spring plantings. There was no cutting, trimming, or tools necessary. Simply push the end of the pvc conduit in the corner of the SFG and bend across the garden to the opposite corner:
The SFGs frames hold the ends of the pvc conduit in place. And a couple zip ties hold them together at the top of the arch:
I can easily place plastic over these supports and clamp it directly to the SFG frame. Then lift the covering on warm days to let in air. On extra cold nights, I can also drape a blanket over the bed to provide added frost protection.
I also see I will need to get a fence up soon as Bradie has been walking in my SFG:
The air cooled as the afternoon progressed and soon temperatures returned to more normal levels for this time of year. It was nice while it lasted.