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Speeding the seasons along

February 4th, 2009 · 5 Comments

Today was an absolutely beautiful day. The sun came out to play and the temp was up in the 50’s. Both Gary and I were not willing to let another day like this pass without getting some quality time in the yard so we knocked off around 1pm and went out to play.

I’ve been itching to get at least one of the new cold frames built since I scored free wood from a dumpster at Lowes the other weekend. Today was the day and I measured and calculated to see if I truly did have enough free wood to complete it (and I did, yahoo!). So here is the product of today’s efforts. We picked up two sliding glass door panels for free off CraigsList last fall. All the wood was free – so this is a 78″ by 39″ coldframe, all for the cost of a handful of deck screws.

I cut and assembled the four sides separately and Gary helped me to put it all together with his nifty corner clamps holding it in place while I fastened. I occasionally make fun of him for all the newfangeled gadgets he buys for the shop, but they come in handy!

The cold frame is now living in the new bed we built last summer. Eventually this bed will be a hoop house again and house peppers for the coming summer. But it usually doesn’t even get warm enough for putting tomatoes and peppers out until May around here, so in the interim I plan to get a good harvest of cold hardy greens going. I should get a harvest of lettuce, bok choi, mache and radishes before I have to move the cold frames and put the plastic back up.

I cleared the bed of its winter blanket of maple leaves yesterday. Hopefully the newfound sun and the addition of the cold frame in part of it will start warming the soil a bit. I’ve started some seeds inside already (details next post) and if the weather stays – I’ll direct seed some radish in the next day or two.

Puttering in the yard this afternoon, each of us pursuing our own little projects – it almost felt like summer was already here. I’m hoping today was a harbinger of the coming season.

Tags: Gardening

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  • 1 New Gadgets | Speeding the seasons along // Feb 4, 2009 at 5:55 pm

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  • 2 Mangochild // Feb 5, 2009 at 1:25 am

    Lucky you for snagging such handy materials for the cold frame! Positive thoughts that the warm days continue. When are you planting the lettuce, bok choy, etc?

  • 3 maya // Feb 7, 2009 at 8:34 am

    Hi Mangochild, I was lucky to find that wood. Now I just need to extend that luck far enough to find supplies for the remaining glass door!
    I’ve already started the seed for cabbage and bok choi. The lettuce I am starting today. My goal is to harden off and transplant by the end of February…we will see if the plant growth cooperates! I am also going to try direct seeding some mache soon in the bed warmed by the cold frame.

  • 4 annie // Feb 7, 2009 at 10:39 am

    Wow! You did a great job scoring ALL the required material and building the cold frame. That’s one thing I need to build here also.

  • 5 maya // Feb 7, 2009 at 11:23 am

    Hey Annie, Yeah, it was a score – I am still pretty happy about it! I need to work more on getting over my silly self consciousness and just asking for stuff like that more often. There is so much waste, it would be stupid to not use it because of antisocial tendencies :)

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