If you are as sick of this winter as I am and your green thumbs are just itching too hard to control it, you should definitely consider dusting off your saw and drill and invest in a simple structure that will heal your itch instantly. Even if it comes in the middle of winter! YEAP!
Even though we had it easy this winter in terms of a break from crazy low temps that would freeze your intestines or snowfalls that would make me look for my car with a metal detector (especially that its colour happens to be “blizzard pearl”, what was I thinking… 😉 ), but what is going on this week is pretty much very close to my limit of tolerance.
It is spring. At least in a calendar. So I would LOVE for mother nature to reconsider getting one and stop fooling around with stunts like this:
But enough is enough, and if you have been following me for a while now, you know how impatient I get around this time, trying to be the first one to break the ground. With much success, I must admit shamelessly.
But there is one trick I have been using for the last 2 years now, that allows me to laugh winter in the face and enjoy my early start to the season.
My secret weapon… COLD FRAME!
If you consider yourself a serious gardener, I suggest you get one. TODAY.
Here’s how my project started. It was a fun thing to do over the weekend that had proven to be the best project I’ve ever put together in the garden. Results? I’ll let them speak for themselves, but first…
6 reasons why I love it so much (other than neighbourhood envy) 😉
- It can provide fresh produce all year round
- It extends your growing season by being the first place where the new growth starts in the spring
- Helps me with hardening off young seedlings in the spring
- Requires absolutely no heating source (totally eco friendly, just give it some sun and is happy like an Easter bunny)
- Can protect your tender crops from pesky visitors. I’m not sure about your garden, but in mine the squirrels seem to come pre equipped with fresh soil detector and dig it right out as soon as I put anything in. So having a cold frame turned out to be a great way to give my young seedlings a fighting chance.
- Final reason may be bit silly, but I think I made it very clear on the photos – you don’t have to keep things tidy in your cold frame. It is mainly used for short-term, higher-intensity growing, when there is very little competition between plants and the growth of most is inhibited by the temperatures at night. So, for example, if you use it for salads that you chop down as soon as they produce baby leaves (which is when they are at their peak of taste and nutrition) you instantly make room for another crop. 🙂
So hope you will consider the benefits of having something like that in the garden and you put one up as soon as this crazy ice reality is over.