Tuesday, April 6, 2010

New Coldframe!

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!

Happy Gardening!

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