The lettuce bed is planted. Larry dug the ground last weekend, piled up brush and burned it off this week. Then he raked the soil and planted the seeds.
He built a frame a few years ago and covered it with chicken. Now when the bed is planted he simply covered the chicken wire with clear plastic, places it over the bed and we have a nice little hotbed. Even in the extreme winds we had Wednesday evening the cover stayed in place. And if it snows? Not a problem; it will provide extra insulation if the temperature is very cold, and if it warms up the snow will melt off the cover quickly.
Now I'll be out there peeking under the cover, looking for the tiny signs of green that show the lettuce is germinating. With any luck we might have lettuce on the table by the end of March. He planted radishes in the hotbed too, and this weekend I'll be looking for onion sets.
Rushing the season? Who, me?