|Cold Frames, 11/7/11|
|Various lettuce plants|
This frame above is one of my first attempts at cold frames. It was constructed with the salvaged cedar lumber from our old privacy fence. I still have some pieces from the newer fence that will make another frame. The three fine leafed plants in a row near the top are frisee, actually a mild flavored chicory that tastes and acts like a lettuce. The frilly darker green lettuce at the bottom is Tango lettuce, a very delicious and cold hardy variety. One plant survived on its own outside a cold frame last year. So it is quite happy living the winter inside a frame.
|Made from Trax lumber|
Pictured above is a new frame that my son-in-law Rob helped me build. It is made from the recycled plastic stuff called Trax. I thought it would be great because it would not rot. Yet it is heavy, bends too easily, and screws pull out easily. As I was putting it together in the driveway, I had it standing up. But not for long, as it started bending and pulling out screws. Had to take the ultra heavy thing apart, and move it piece by piece to the back yard. I was going to put a slider door on top, but that would be too heavy and would probably pull out the screws. So it is covered with three pieces of single pane glass. I will pass on any future attempt on using Trax for cold frames.
At the top of this frame is pak choi, as it can grow pretty tall. There is a nice red lettuce, scavenged from the compost pile at the park. On both sides of the red lettuce, are small heads to be of Winter Marvel Bibb lettuce. They will be so pretty when they have formed. At the bottom of the picture is tatsoi, a chinese green that forms a rosette that stays close to the ground. In the bottom right corner is minutina, a very cold tolerant green. I tortured the plants over the summer by never having taken them from the cell packs where I had started them from seed. But they survived a summer of neglect, so I thought it only fair that they finally get a spot of their own in the good earth.