2014 is the year of the cold frame

Digging out the cold frame, March 9, 2014
Digging out the cold frame, March 9, 2014. That saggy chicken wire fence? Three feet tall. Yup.
March 9 again
March 9 again with recycled shower door cover in place. We did not shovel the snow inside.
March 16
March 16 – the snow inside is melted, showing me that I had put straw mulch in last fall. Hadn’t remembered that, but glad to see it because it’s extra insulation for the soil.
March 16
March 16 again, showing how much snow we lost in a week of relatively milder temperatures
Surprise under the straw mulch! Can't tell if it's a weed or a volunteer chard.
March 21 – When we pulled back the straw mulch: Surprise! Can’t tell if it’s a weed or a volunteer chard. There were also a few dandelions. The soil was workable and moist.
Getting ready to plant
March 21- Getting ready to plant.
Plant in square feet and mini-rows.
March 21 – Planted arugula, lettuce, nasturtiums, mustard greens, mache, radishes, pac choy, swiss chard, and broccoli in square feet and mini-rows. Then we covered it with a double layer of row cover and put the doors back on.

2 thoughts on “2014 is the year of the cold frame

  1. Russell Mullin

    Hi,

    The editors at Mother Earth News magazine are assembling cold frame project ideas for a 2016 article. We’re very interested in your cold frame. Would you allow us to feature your project in our magazine? If so, we require a high resolution photograph of the project. By high resolution, we mean the original camera file, preferably in a tiff format (although a large jpeg file would also work). If you don’t have a high resolution photo, would you be willing to photograph your project again for us? YOu can email me at rmullin@motherearthnews.com. We’d need the photo in hand no later than April 1st.

    We hope to hear from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    Russell Mullin
    Editorial Intern
    MOTHER EARTH NEWS
    1503 SW 42nd Street
    Topeka, KS 66609

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