One Harsh Winter!
We had one of the coldest winters on record here in Wisconsin. At one point we even hit -50ºF with the windchill…now that is cold!
In preparation for spring planting, I had to think a bit out of the box this year. You see we still have snow on the ground, which actually isn’t all that unusual for this time of the year in Wisconsin.
Before I can even think about planting seeds (cool weather seeds) out into my garden, I must first thaw the soil out first.
Getting A Jumpstart On The Growing Season
If you are interested in growing your seeds indoors here is a great video to help you out!
So when your seedlings are ready or if you are planning on sowing some seeds into your soil, you will need your soil thawed out.
Warm Your Soil Up For Early Planting
So it really is quite simple to warm your soil up. You will need Black Plastic Sheeting and some bricks or stones to hold the plastic down.
Simply drape the Black Plastic Sheeting over the garden bed you wish to thaw out and put bricks around the perimeter to hold the plastic in place.
Black Plastic Sheeting is important because it will heat up faster and thaw out the soil quickly, so be sure that it is black.
Here is what your bed should look like when finished. Now just wait. Depending on the weather, it could take anywhere from 3-7 days to thaw out.
Once thawed out, your soil will be ready for early planting. I have a post coming out this week to add a simple mini greenhouse to this raised bed so stay tuned for that!
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