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Late planting in the cold frame

Cold frame

I had big plans when we made our cold frame this spring. But the plans got derailed by realizing that the house-side location makes the bed much shadier than plants like. Plus, I forgot to add the cold-frame to my garden spreadsheet, so its contents didn't get planted when I seeded winter greens in the main garden.

But when I pulled out the tomatoes, I figured I might as well toss down some lettuce, kale, and arugula seeds. So I'll get to see how late-planted greens do in the cold frame as opposed to those planted at a regular time and shielded by quick hoops in the sunny mule garden. Soon we'll see if the glass is enough to let these tender morsels mature during winter's cold.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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