After reading a beautiful post on Three Dogs in a Garden, I am determined to have a cold frame. I have loads of space for one and I know the perfect place. If you're anything like me, you need clear directions, in laymen's terms, to really grasp something.
The best instructions I have found for this project came from the Dummies.com. Great. Well, I might as well own it.
The raised beds I currently have are 5x5, untreated redwood. They were really expensive to build because I didn't want the arsenic from the wood leaching into our food! Finding untreated redwood wasn't the only expense. Filling 4 of the 18" high, 5'x5' raised beds with black dirt was no bargain, either!
With all that behind me, I add layers of compost and good ol' chicken manure (THANK you, Mike, Lyn, Wyatt and Megan!!!) to the raised beds every spring, they are low maintenance.
The cold frame would be something I need to add. I don't want to use my raised beds. I also wonder about the practicality of finding a cover that is 5'x5'.
So, I will build one from scratch. I may not be able to get a nice glass top, but I can find fiberglass to fit. This will be a good winter project for me.
I found the instructions here:
Cold Frame For Dummies
I am interested in growing some cole crop and extending the growing season on both ends. Anyone use one of these?