Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Ah, the birthday present that every girl needs - a new coldframe! Except for a few final touches, the new cold frame is finished. It measures a generous 3-feet by 12-feet and will soon be joined by another (but smaller!) coldframe to supply a good portion of our winter veggies!
As you can tell from the photo, we haven't sunk it into the ground yet - I'm still digging! But once done, the bottom part of the frame will be buried about 6 to 8-inches in the ground, which offers some insulation and takes advantage of the earth's heat.
We used Lexan for the glazing. Lexan has a double wall and will offer more heat retention than a single sheet of plastic or a single paned window.
In a cold frame, you can grow a variety of winter crops - arugula, mache, spinach, green onions, leeks, carrots, parnsips and more! With some careful planning (which my book will make very clear) you can eat from your garden 12 months of the year!