What's wrong with this picture? Well, one, the compost bin was made with wood scraps that were too small for the task. Two, the glass panes are leaning on this pile that could shift and result in broken glass. Three, we are supposed to get high winds which could obviously send the glass panes kiting around the park. But, four, it is supposed to be a low of 13 degrees tonight, so that is just a waste of the glass.
Voila, I've talked myself into another cold frame. Needs to be made today. In the 28 degree weather with a biting wind. So where to start?
I could enclose this portion of bed, but the lettuce is not top quality, already suffering leaf burn from too much exposure. And the leeks would be too tall for the frame and touch the glass, a major no no.
This section of bed contains a couple of nice red lettuce plants and some cole crops. The garlic should do fine uncovered. Just a variety of stuff. So it too fails the cold frame lottery drawing.
Ah, but this little bed is just right. It contains patches of arugula and tatsoi, which might survive, but I am happy to coddle them. There are a couple of nice looking cole volunteers that I am also happy to protect. And some lucky garlic. It should be fun to see how garlic does in a cold frame. As an aside, a head of garlic that I broke up last night to separate cloves was absolutely gorgeous, with big purple hued cloves. Turns out they were down right tasty too.
|Instant cold frame, well almost instant - 1/3/12|
Tomorrow morning will be interesting to discover how gardens and cold frames cope with the first of the really cold weather. I suspect that the cole family and allium family crops will be the only unprotected survivors.
Rebuilding the compost pile remains a chore for another day.