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Growing in cold frames - #1

Project: Living Rhythm Farm

Posted by Aaron Jerad over 10 years ago

There is no reason we can't be growing our own fresh greens through the winter right here. So on the days when its not too cold and snowy I've been putting together a new cold frame to get a jump start on spring growing.

I have picked out cold-germinating, frost tolerant seeds to plant as the idea is to create a micro-climate rather than a controlled climate. The plants need to tolerate a good amount of frost, because the night temperatures outside will still be going down to 10F or lower.

Species list:

Arugula - Eruca sativa  (roquette)
Daikon radish - Raphanus sativus
Feanugreek - Trigonella feonum-graecum  (herb and nitrogen fixer)
Itialian dandelion - Cichorium intybus
Kale - Brassica oleracea
Leek - Allium ampeloprasum porrum
Lettuce - Lactuca sativa
Mache - Valerianella locusta
Mizuna - Brassica rapa nipposinica
Parsley - Petroselinum crispum
Spinach - Spinacia oleracea
Sorel - Rumex acetosa

Some of the plants will be harvested as baby greens and others let grow to maturity. The leeks in particular need such a long growing season that the only way to have them here is to extend the season.

Ahead: Planting, designing an automatic venting system, and water.

(Next to the new cold frame, you can see an old hoop frame that is reaching the end of its life.)

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