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Nancy in Pátzcuaro

Gardening: (2016 – 2017)

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My son-in-law and I have been discussing the construction of some moveable coldframes, heavy clear plastic stretched on 1 x 2 frames, to put over my herb bed and to start some early stuff in the garden next spring.

 

Priority shortly after Christmas, though, is to get someone over here to till up, add a bunch of compost/manure and strew straw over the two garden spots to let me rest for next spring. 

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3 hours ago, kayb said:

My son-in-law and I have been discussing the construction of some moveable coldframes, heavy clear plastic stretched on 1 x 2 frames, to put over my herb bed and to start some early stuff in the garden next spring.

Priority shortly after Christmas, though, is to get someone over here to till up, add a bunch of compost/manure and strew straw over the two garden spots to let me rest for next spring. 

 

Here is my movable (store-able) system:

PVC pipes imageproxy.php?img=&key=d2a459cbdaa822cc5a2f292cc6fed_PVCcoldframe2.thumb.jpg.88e3f24c365bcd9ebac758835edc5eb0.jpg5a2f292b7413a_PVCcoldframe3.thumb.jpg.6a8d892d065ae33002e3de9eea5fe91e.jpg5a2f267e44ede_coldframewindanchor3.thumb.jpg.7a20382016dfe91b6811e901f7028153.jpg5a2f297b3c3c3_arugulacoldframe.thumb.JPG.8a61c06bc697073573681d208a2dea87.JPG5a2f2929b47c4_PVCcoldframe4.thumb.jpg.ec02d91cfaba09c764aca7912ea464d6.jpg greenhouse film. You can get greenhouse film very cheap from Farmtec remnants.

All parts are modular, removable. PVC pipes are 4' and 2' long. The finished cold frames are 4'w x 8'L x 2'h. Takes about 10 minutes each to assemble and 5 minutes to disassemble. The greenhouse film is what holds the cold frame together. 

The Greenhouse film is UV resistant to 4 years, but for cold frame use, it will last at least three times longer.

Storage after disassemble  takes very little space.

I use bungee cord to anchor the cold frames. We have had very high wind storms, no problems yet.

 

dcarch

 


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Update on my winter gardening.  The cauliflower, broccoli, red cabbage, and brussel sprouts survived the freezing temps we have been having.  Nothing below 20F yet.  And we did not get any of that snow that happened last week.  This future meal is about 3 inches across right now.  

 

Dang it, one day I will figure out how easy it is to add photos to my posts.  


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1 hour ago, joiei said:

Update on my winter gardening.  The cauliflower, broccoli, red cabbage, and brussel sprouts survived the freezing temps we have been having.  Nothing below 20F yet.  And we did not get any of that snow that happened last week.  This future meal is about 3 inches across right now.  

 

Dang it, one day I will figure out how easy it is to add photos to my posts.  

 

My brother in San Diego planted brussel sprouts but had the opposite problem...it was too warm. He said the plants weren't doing well at all. 

He may yank them and re-plant if colder weather ever makes its way down there.

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I'm with your brother on the wrong weather. I started my radishes which I overplant and use for greens - but - way too hot and they are not happy


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Before all the cold hit us I harvested all the parsley I could but covered up the little bitty shoots.  Today went out and checked them and they survived!!!

Also got this year's yellow primrose on sale at our local Shoprite.  Will put it into the ground to join the other eight or so I have and it will bloom again later in the fall.

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I live in a NYC apartment with windowboxes only, and in any event failed to get winter stuff planted this year.  [I think that's supposed to go in the Flower Gardening thread . . . .]

 

But anyway, I spied this on the train the other day, on the back of someone's very large instrument case.  I thought of y'all.

 

 

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