Sunday, April 11, 2010

Cold Frame

We finished the cold frame, filled, and planted some seeds in it last weekend. It is about 8 feet long, 28 inches deep and dug into the southern bank along the driveway. There is space at the one end that is just filled with river rock so I can harden off the plants that I started under the grow-light.

Seems to be working great so far. Everything is up... Radishes, lettuce, and spinach!

Hung a little thermometer in the box to see how the temps are... Hit 110 degrees in the sun last week. Maybe I should bake cookies in it instead of trying to grow lettuce? Just kidding..

It was chilly here a few nights ago..30 degrees or so when I got up, but the cold frame was toasty at 50 degrees.

Repotted the tomato starts this weekend. Started a few extra for friends, although I always seem to start too many. The seeds seem so innocent in the basement, this is until I try to find room for the plants in the garden later. I'll have tomatoes planted everywhere come May.

Been stashing all the used yogurt cups in the potting bench. Drilled holes in the bottoms to use as plant cups. Thanks Stonyfield Farms!! Moved a few of the extra plants out to the cold frame to see how they will do. I am afraid I am going to cook them, so I didn't want to take them all out yet.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!
Happy Spring Gardening!!

17 comments:

dmoms said...

oh, the sticks are great. I got a little indoor (kitchen garden) started yesterday. i needed a way to mark each plant - thanks!

Michelle said...

AWESOME!!! The coldframe turned out amazing! What a great job you did...love it, love it. I'm digging on the thermostat, too...it's lovely. I'm also loving your re-use of the yogurt cups...perfect. Stonyfield would be proud! You should send them a photo!!

Can't wait to see you frantically canning all those wonderful tomatoes!!

Norma said...

I'm so behind with my starts. Just planted them this weekend. I love your cold frame.

Jessica said...

I spent the morning gardening--I can't wait to get the little seedlings in the ground!

Camilla~ Bloom said...

This is so exciting...you have inspired me to "try" to build one...hoping for next fall.
I think you did such a good job an the frame...most excellent Leigh.
Ps. can't wait to see the "croc" size potatoes this year...hehe.

Holly Days Closet said...

This a very intersting way of gardening I have never seen it done this way. Are they like mini green houses?
Holly

underthebigbluesky said...

ohhhhhhhhhh. jealous, jealous, jealous, jealous!!!!!!

great frame job. i am so behind. maybe next weekend.

Montana Anna said...

What a beautiful coldframe! Having fresh greens so early... amazing and I'm sure your body is thanking you! :)

Joanna said...

A fantastic cold frame – very inspiring. I am sure you will be soon reaping the rewards!

Leigh said...

Your cold frame looks great! That's exactly what I need. Maybe next year...

Kelly said...

Your coldframe is awesome! Over-heating the the one downfall to those heat retainers, I am now in the habit of opening mine every morning...only thing is I occasionally forget to close it at night. :)

Chiot's Run said...

Love those cold frames - just beautiful!

June said...

Be still my heart! I have been limping along with improvised cold frames. But you are an inspiration!

WOW!!! And I love the orange boots...

So nice to be back in your delightful realm...Love from Maine...

deb said...

This is *so* impressive! I've got cold frame envy going on! :)

One can never have too many tomato plants can they?! Never!

Nancy said...

So exciting to watch your progress. That coldframe is sweet.

Amy @ Homestead Revival said...

So, how are the bees? Your cold frames look FABULOUS! Great job! I'm so behind on my tomato starts. Just got them done today. I hope they like the new heat mat I'm trying and that they catch up fast! May is just around the corner!

Carmen said...

Wonderful coldframe! I am so jealous! That was on our list of to-do's early spring and it just never got done. Maybe hubby can built it this summer when he has more time and it'll be ready next year?!

I really need to get my seedlings started...I have all the "stuff", just didn't have the motivation until now. Thank you!! : )