Oh, boy. Most people are still pretty dormant after winter, which gives me some peaceful time strolling through gardening centres, which despite limited selection are starting to offer more and more plants/seeds as days go by. However, all last week I have been working tirelessly on my garden, despite temperatures that scare most “gardeners”.
I started Saturday morning announcing that chicken soup is done for the weekend and mommy’s gone woodworking. Do not disturb and in a case of emergency, call daddy, 911 or army first (in this order) before attempting to open the garage.
And few hours later I emerged from my hideout with something like this aka: cold frame. Still in pieces, for easier carry out to the backyard.
The idea behind a cold frame is that it allows you to extend your growing season or even grow veggies year round. Of course you would not put sun and warmth-loving ones like tomatoes in there, but hardy lettuces should do fine. In theory. I installed it in the warmest spot of my garden, which technically should generate enough heat to keep my winter veggies (yes, I said WINTER VEGGIES!) alive and happy. Will find out later this year, but for now it’s main purpose will be giving a jump start to my seedlings.
After some digging and ingenious “weed screen” made out of scrap flyers, I was ready to set the frame. BTW, I found it hilarious to see Home Depot and Lowe’s flyer beside each other on this job. Looks like this is their best joint venture yet.
And here is the frame, all set in the ground with a screen at the bottom to discourage any unwanted pests. Wish they made one for my neighbours….
But I digress. After some playtime with power tools and undisturbed garage time I have to say I think I’ve outdone myself. Never knew wood is so much fun to work with. Another hobby to take on?? Well, maybe not this week…. Even my corners on a lid turned out right! AHA!
All finished and ready for planting looks like this.
PS. After a week of owning one of these, I gotta say my green onions are about twice as big as the ones growing outside, soil is significantly warmer in the frame than it is on the outside and seedlings seem to be sprouting out of the dirt despite cold nights. Yay! Off to the next project.