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My peas and spinach are JUST up in a raised bed. Its largely sheltered and close to the building. I'm afraid the snow is going to do them in though. Any suggestions? I'm not so much worried about the cold since they've tolerated below freezing temperatures...
 

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It depends on how much snow and for how long. If it's just an inch or two that will last for a day or so I think they will be just fine. More snow than that for longer might smother them. Spinach and peas can take a lot of cold though.
 

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They're saying 4-6 and it looks like it could be on for a few days. Its supposed to be back in the high 40's by Weds. Should I try to shovel off the majority of it (being careful not to disturb the plants of course)?
 

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I would leave them alone, personally. Peas especially. A few days without the sun isn't going to kill them, and for plants that can take cold snow is a great insulator.
 

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You all have had such a winter! My parents are in SE Mich and I heard that snow was coming your way. You could do several things---you could put a tall stake or stick in the middle of the bed and several others around the bed and put plastic or a fabric covering over the top to tent them. I have been using plastic two liter bottles with the bottoms cut off as cloches to protect my squash/cuke sprouts. Good luck. Don't <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/cold.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Cold">:
 

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Maybe piling some mulch, like leaves or straw, high around them would insulate them good?
 

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I'd cover them but I'm a worrywort...if you have a lot, a row cover might be good, or just use clean milk jugs and water/soda bottles, bottoms cut off.
 

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We keep getting 2-4 inches once or twice a week, then it melts in a day or two. My peas and spinach (and onions and radishes) have been fine. Not growing very quickly, bu they are not showing signs of stress. I haven't covered them.
 

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I would heap straw or leaves or newspaper thickly over them and hope for the best. I'm sure they'll be fine! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/greenthumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="GreenThumb">:
 
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