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An attempt to grow winter veggies

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Started on September 9, 2010

Cold Frame Gardening 101

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An attempt to grow winter veggies

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Started on September 9, 2010

Cold Frame Gardening 101

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An attempt to grow winter veggies

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Started on September 9, 2010

Cold Frame Gardening 101

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An attempt to grow winter veggies

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Started on September 9, 2010

Cold Frame Gardening 101

The lumber was cut at Lowes but I had to cut the diagonal on the side pieces

The 8 inch height was not really 8 inches.

Once the corner was squared and the correct height I assembled the frame on the flat surface of the garage floor.

3 Galvanized screws were used at each corner

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An attempt to grow winter veggies

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Started on September 9, 2010

Cold Frame Gardening 101

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An attempt to grow winter veggies

Date

Started on September 9, 2010

Cold Frame Gardening 101

The frame was then carried from the garage and placed into the yard.

I gave myself enough walkway to get my garden cart in between the beds and the rest of the garden.

This view is with the old garden area in the background.

Cardboard is a good way to line the box so that the weeds don’’t have a chance to take over the beed. The grass is underneath and this allows the earthworms access to come into the bed and aerate the soil.

Fortunately, I work at a place that has large sheets of cardboard that I can bring home.

Originally, the plan was to use these frames as the lids. Not going to fit though...

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An attempt to grow winter veggies

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Started on September 9, 2010

Cold Frame Gardening 101

I had seen Martha Stewart use a tool like this and since I love dowel rods and had them on hand I made my own.

The finished tool.

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An attempt to grow winter veggies

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Started on September 9, 2010

Cold Frame Gardening 101

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An attempt to grow winter veggies

Date

Started on September 9, 2010

Cold Frame Gardening 101

I have a friend that keeps lots of animals and she has cured horse manure so I took the truck and got a load.

Not all of the manure fit into the beds so the extra got sprinkled around to help those plants out too.

Next a layer of sifted compost goes on top of the manure. The manure will be what give me the heat in the winter.

And the finished layers are now ready to plant.

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An attempt to grow winter veggies

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Started on September 9, 2010

Cold Frame Gardening 101

As you can see, I can’t throw anything away...

Chard and lettuce are great winter crops. These were seeds that I had on hand. I will order other things soon.

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An attempt to grow winter veggies

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Started on September 9, 2010

Cold Frame Gardening 101

Using the new tool took some getting used to. It seemed bulky and was really in the way some of the time.

Unfortunately, these seedlings didn’t make it. The next day I got busy and it got hot out and they cooked in the sun

This was the first 4 x 4 square in the first bed.

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An attempt to grow winter veggies

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Started on September 9, 2010

Cold Frame Gardening 101

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An attempt to grow winter veggies

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Started on September 9, 2010

Cold Frame Gardening 101

The next week I ordered from Johnnie’s Select Seeds: Celeriac Purple Haze Carrots Arugula Mache (Corn Salad, a green that is supposed to grow in the tundra and should survive the winter Red Romaine Lettuce And I got some seeds from Lynne at Natural Art Garden Center here in Tom’s Brook Parsnips Lettuce Thumbelina Carrots

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An attempt to grow winter veggies

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Started on September 9, 2010

Cold Frame Gardening 101

The first bed is planted and watered.

I had these frames with wire on them that I placed on there to keep the cats in the neighborhood out.

This is a detail of the envelop corner with 6 tiny seeds inside. When ready to plant I just used them like little funnels and poured them into the hole.

Celeriac ready to plant.

When planting the Celeriac, the seeds were TINY so I used the corners of envelopes to sort the seeds out into bunches of 6 and then place the envelopes for spacing.

Using the spacing tool I made I then planted the Purple Haze Carrots about 2 inches apart

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An attempt to grow winter veggies

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Started on September 9, 2010

Cold Frame Gardening 101

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An attempt to grow winter veggies

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Started on September 9, 2010

Cold Frame Gardening 101

The frames were cut out of 2 x 2’s and two sides were 4’3� and that worked out perfect to fit the length of the box

Braces were put on the corners

Contractor grade plastic (6 mil) was used to wrap the frame.

Just like wrapping a gift.

I stapled the plastic to the frame.

At first I tried to use an old gutter cover as a hinge but it was too flimsy so I went to the hardware store for hinges. 2 per frame.

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An attempt to grow winter veggies

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Started on September 9, 2010

Cold Frame Gardening 101

The lights are attached to the back of the bed with small hinges. I just felt that would make it easier and help to avoid damaging the plants.

The leftover wood is used to hold up the frames for planting and harvesting

3 lights in place with one more to build

The lids are lifted on these warm days in the mornings and closed in the evenings. I am having to water several times during the day because it is still so warm

The last bed just has compost in it and may sit until the spring when I may start my annuals for the flower bed.

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An attempt to grow winter veggies

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Started on September 9, 2010

Cold Frame Gardening 101

Seedlings of all sorts coming up. Many of these will be pulled once we figure out who they are. They were in the compost.

Arugula seedlings. Now this is how it is supposed to look, right?

The first bed with lots os seeds showing up.

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An attempt to grow winter veggies

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Started on September 9, 2010

Cold Frame Gardening 101

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An attempt to grow winter veggies

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Started on September 9, 2010

Cold Frame Gardening 101

Composting

Coffee ground, tea bags, veggie peels, apple cores are just a few items that end up in the compost. We only put our trash out once a month with doing this and recycling. Less stuff in the landfill and we get the results for the garden.

Inside the Rubbermaid box that we use. This is good to put the kitchen scraps in to keep the animals out.

The empty compost bowl gets rinsed out at the rain barrel before coming back into the kitchen to start over.

We keep a bowl on the counter so that as we are cooking the “garbage� goes in there and eventually goes into the bin.

I just recently added smaller bins in the garden to put the compost nutrients where they can do their thing in place AND I don’t have to move the stuff around. Page 20


An attempt to grow winter veggies

Date

Started on September 9, 2010

Cold Frame Gardening 101

The Cold Frames at One Month

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An attempt to grow winter veggies

Date

Started on September 9, 2010

Cold Frame Gardening 101

This is Arugula and according to the packet, by next week I will be able to harvest some of this.

This is the bed that the above plants are in. That is the arugula that is visible to the right.

The Red Romaine lettuce is doing well. I have a few good looking plants at the front of the bed but the entire row hasn’t shown up yet

This is the first bed that I planted and the lettuce that is in there is some that I ended up moving into a row from all the little sparse plants that showed up.

There are some carrot seedlings in there but they are REALLY small.

Onion Sets

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An attempt to grow winter veggies

Date

Started on September 9, 2010

Cold Frame Gardening 101

This is the last bed that I have yet to build the tops for. There are some cabbage seeds, Salsify, and raddicio.

Bed A with lettuce and chard and spinach.

A view of all three beds that I have now.

Radishes and spinach

This chard is in the old garden bed. I’ll be making a quiche out of this today.

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Cold Frame Gardening 101  

This is my guide to Winter Gardening in Cold Frames

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