Friday, April 14, 2006

all is not lost


This is my cold frame experiment from last fall. At that time I was ready to write it off as a failure, being that I had neglected to consider that maybe glass frames should be placed at an angle, to avoid excess pressure from ice and snow. You can see what happened.

On th brighter side, note the spinach plants, two of them, that survived a Minnesota winter under cover of plastic! So Eliot Coleman's four season gardening tactics might work here after all.

3 comments:

madcapmum said...

Hmmm. That's encouraging. I wonder if packing everything with straw would help hold in a little more warmth? We're getting a bunch more boxes set up this year, and Chive's playing with the materials at hand to rig up some kind of cold frame.

A couple weeks and you'll have fresh salad! I had a wonderful spinach salad at a restaurant once, it had a raspberry dressing and was SO good. Still trying to hunt down a recipe. If I find it, I'll pass it on.

Floridacracker said...

What about hog panels, $16 at Tractor Supply. You can bend them for an arched framework which could be covered in plastic... or you could set up two in an A frame arrangement and then cover with plastic...

I don't really need coldframes here, but I have thought this is what I would use if I did.

Cheap.

Deb said...

madcap- yes, straw would do wonders to keep the soil temperature a bit warmer. Please do let me know if you find that recipe!

FC- your genius is showing! AFter cleaning up the broken shards today, I think I'm done with glass. I've seen plans for a greenhouse built that way with hog panels. A greenhouse...yeah...that's the ticket...