to cover or not to cover raised beds?

Asked April 10, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT

Hi, I just planted a number of raised beds with spring seeds in Colorado, and a few onion and leek starts. Now, it's snowing. Should I cover the beds with a tarp, or let the snow sink in? The seeds were planted within planting times designated for my region, so I imagine they are a little cold-hardy. The question is if they are better off with the snow for insulation, or a tarp for insulation. Thanks!

Larimer County Colorado

1 Response


Actually, the snow provides wonder insulation (and moisture) for these cool season crops. Covering them isn't necessary and may actually do more harm than good. They will be just fine, especially since we're headed towards warmer temperatures again.