The cover still goes back on every night as we dip to zero, and remains on if the day is particularly chilly. I open the ends of the tunnel though, for air circulation because it is amazing how hot it can get under there on a sunny but cold day. I have the luxury of being retired and generally at home to attend to weather fluctuations however, if I couldn't be here, and the seeds had germinated, the ends would stay open all day anyway assuming Mr. Weatherman advised a fair weather day.
Generally, there is little watering to be done as the plastic acts a bit like a terrarium, circulating the moisture. But, not the last many warm days. I have had to water but wait until about two, when it is warm and the sun full overhead in the garden. I notice my watermelon radish have all germinated, so hopefully, it is cool enough for them to form their radish, which are green on the outside, a little rim of white inside and pink inside that!
Because of those two days of heat, the greens in the cold framed raised bed took off! My goodness, it was shocking to see the growth, especially the spinach. The new seeds of Virofly Spinach also germinated and you can see below, the new growth next to the spinach I planted last fall as well as the lettuce both overwintered under the cold frame.
I expect you can tell where this is going...yup...right onto the plate, along with some scallion cuttings, mizuna, arugula, red mustard and garlic greens!
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