The only reason, the only reason that we are having a return of winter weather is that I planted peas a couple of days ago. They're calling for a chance of snow on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday mornings, with a few freezing overnights.
I really thought I was behind schedule on the peas. We've been having beautiful sunny days in the fifties the last couple of weeks. The birds are boisterous, the tulips and daffodils are popping up, there's a ton of new growth on the roses and new buds on everything else. Everything was giving the appearance of an early spring, so I planted peas. Then Ma Nature sucker-punched me.
I noticed today that some of the peas appear to be popping to the surface, but I don't know if that's because they're starting to sprout (probably not) or because I did a crappy job of getting them into the ground (more likely).
On the Way to Critter Farm blog suggested I throw a hoop house over them, and posted a link (that guy has some really good ideas, Danni, so thanks for that). I was only able to manage a half-assed hoop house today because I'd forgotten that I'd cut up the half-inch PVC I used last year for this year's Hoop De Don't, which is a half-assed hoop house on steroids. By the way, Steve is none too pleased with me for all the money I spent on it, and then didn't use it this winter. The biggest reason I didn't use it was because it was a hassle to get into- I hadn't wanted to have to frame a door, so I made it as a giant version of last year's hoops, and it didn't work. The fellow* over at YardFarmer on YouTube (the guy that Danni linked) built a hoop house very similar to my first one, which was also a hassle to get into, but he has a couple of ideas for rolling up the sides so that you can work in the hoop that I liked. The ends of his house were almost as cumbersome as mine, and I didn't like that he left the ends somewhat open. I'm going to give it some thought and see if I can't come up with the right thing that will make hoop houses a lot easier to put together and use.
In the meantime, I think I'd better order some more pea seed.
* Be forewarned that he's a little boring. He has really good ideas, though.