Cold Frame Winter Veggies

Cold Frame Lettuce, © Copyright 2008 Jade Leone BlackwaterOur cold frame continues to provide us with fresh greens.  Recently we finished the last of the summer carrots with a carrot cake (more to follow in a post about carrot cake).  Since removing the carrots and their large tops, lettuce and cilantro have thrived with added light and breathing space.  [Remember you can click on pictures to enlarge them].

Cold Frame Lettuce, © Copyright 2008 Jade Leone BlackwaterThe pictures you see with the lid open were taken on December 20, 2007.  It was warmer that day, and you can see the size of the young oak leaf lettuce, mizuna mustard greens, and cilantro.

Cold Frame, © Copyright 2008 Jade Leone BlackwaterToday it is too cold to open the cold frame, but you can see through the lights just how big the plants have become. At our next warm day I’ll try to sow some radishes and carrots.  Radishes are easy to grow and delicious when sliced thin on sandwiches.  Carrots are just always good, and it’s time to replenish the stock!

Cold Frame, © Copyright 2008 Jade Leone Blackwater

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Looking back at Summer’s garden

Summer Harvest, August 2007, Jade Leone Blackwater

 

Tomato Harvest, August 2007, Jade Leone Blackwater

 

These images were taken in August, when our garden was just entering its peak production.  For those of us in the northern hemisphere, the cold months are well on their way in for November.

This season we’ll be discussing how to prepare your garden for the next spring and summer, and how to plan for next year’s autumn and winter garden using a simple, friendly tool: the cold frame.

Since the cold months are generally less colorful, we’ll take lots of looks back at the summer garden to help keep us dreaming of next year’s growth!

I just got over the flu, so next week: natural remedies for the common cold.

 

Good health!