This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

giant cold frame construction

cold frame 002

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Anonymous Corriina said...

Oh that looks fantastic! Today was a good day for construction. My husband built a "salad table" for our deck. My five year old and I am painting it - can't wait to plant it!

March 20, 2010 8:43 PM

Blogger ~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

I love your aerial photos. Such a great way to watch the garden progress. The cold frame looks big. Room for a lot of great stuff!

March 21, 2010 11:25 AM

Blogger jmacs girl said...

Hello Kathy, I have been following your blog for over a year now and have been inspired to begin my entire garden from seed this year. We live on almost 4 acres but I'm only planning to garden a 125' by 50' plot this year. That is plenty big enough! My question is about broccoli. We planted the seeds in our little plastic flats today. It was the kind where you pour water on the pellets and they swell. The instructions were to put the plastic-domed lid on top but keep out of direct sunlight. Does this mean that we shouldn't put the lights on them until the seedlings have emerged? Thanks in advance for your help.

Cyndi in Ohio

March 21, 2010 9:39 PM

Anonymous Joy said...

Oh, I want to hear more about this cold frame! What are you growing? How will you use it? What type of plastic did you use? We are trying something similar except we are doing it on our second floor balcony. Idealy, I'd like to grow winter greens but we'll likely have to make it more air-tight.

March 21, 2010 10:13 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Cyndi, The seedlings don't need light until they emerge. It sounds like you will have a great garden. Have fun!

Joy, My cold frame is an experiment as I've never used one before. I'm hoping for an extra month of salad greens on each end of the gardening season. We'll see. I can imagine mine on a balcony, because its all self contained. The unit has a plastic bottom so the soil doesn't mix with my yard soil. We did our best to make it mostly air tight. I'm not sure how air tight it needs to be. It has a large tarp that can be draped over it on very cold of stormy nights.

March 21, 2010 10:21 PM

Anonymous Corrina said...

Did you follow plans for the cold frame or did you sketch up your own?

March 22, 2010 3:44 AM

Blogger Wicked Thrifty said...

congrats, that's exciting! looking good!

March 22, 2010 9:29 PM


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