Using the Cold Frame, Trying to Outwit the Rabbits…

I was able to get into the garden again this week because we had some more beautiful weather.  We have a winter storm warning starting this evening though and are supposed to get snow…again.  Still, I was not deterred.

It was dry inside the cold frame, so I watered from jugs I brought with me--the water in the garden not being on yet.

It was dry inside the cold frame, so I watered from jugs I brought with me–the water in the garden not being on yet.

I had pepper seeds, a mix of sweet varietals, and I thought I’d start them in the cold frame.  I made them the row along the back, because it’s tallest there and they will probably be in the frame the longest.  Then I started some celery, a variety called Tango that I have bought at the farm market.  It has smaller stalks and is supposed to be easier to grow.  At the lowest point of the cold frame, I planted some Little Gem lettuce.  These looked similar to Tom Thumb, which I had planted in prior years.  I watered and then closed up the frame.

I hope those seeds are snug enough...

I hope those seeds are snug enough…

The next project involved the 4’ x 4’ pop up cover I mentioned last week.  It came in the mail on Thursday and I waited until I got to the garden to open it.  It’s quite large in my garden.  I blocked out a space for it that included the fall parsley.  I figure the rabbit will start nibbling that as soon as it has new growth, and I’d like the parsley myself!  Then I planted more Little Gem, some salad mix, and some arugula.  The rabbit doesn’t normally bother the arugula, but I bought a new variety that I suspect may be less peppery and possibly more appealing to them.

The pop up, tacked down to the ground.  I hope it works as well as the bean enclosure in the top left...

The pop up, tacked down to the ground. I hope it works as well as the bean enclosure in the top left…

The pop up really does “pop” into shape and it anchors with fabric loops and metal pins.  I am not sure how secure it would be in a gale.  I had a little trouble setting it up under yesterday’s breezy conditions, but once I got all the pins in, it stayed in place.  If you’re curious about it, you can view it at Gardener’s Supply.  I’ll post on how successful it is keeping out those hungry lagomorphs.

Outside the fence looking in.  Not much more I can do until it warms up!

Outside the fence looking in. Not much more I can do until it warms up!

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