Looks like the weather has finally warmed up! With a low of around 11 degrees all next week, you can safely take your row cover off now. Let it dry, fold it up, and keep it in a safe place. You will need it later in the season. If there are leaves on your lettuce or spinach that look big enough to eat, feel free to pick off the outer leaves and add them to your salad – just make sure that you leave enough leaves on the plant that it can continue to grow! Once you take off the cover, you should start keeping an eye out for weeds and pests. If you want to do something extra to keep cats, squirrels or other animals away you can sprinkle a bunch of cayenne pepper regularly around the garden to deter the animals. Buying small containers can get expensive. You can buy larger quantities at Aubut a 3975, rue Saint-Ambroise, Montréal H4C 2E1 http://www.aubut.ca Make sure to keep your garden well watered, and enjoy your first harvests! We always love hearing from you, and enjoy answering any questions you might have. Please send along pictures from time to time.