Update on the Cold Frame Plants

One Day's Bounty 2009

Today was a work the cold frame day, the squash were pushing on the lid wanting out so they got planted, one in the garden and one in a big pot in front of the garage. That is my insurance plant, against one husband that tends to run over plants he see’s no earthly reason for, such as squash, rhubarb, asparagus or flowers of any kind. Now tomatoes, cucumbers and horseradish can take up 2/3 rds of the garden and that is fine but those other things are just a nuisance, something to have to till around. For the life of me I can’t figure out why it bothers him to watch me till around them! Being a woman I figure out how to get my way most of the time. Some of the cabbage and more volunteer giant sunflowers got planted also. We have had so much wind it isn’t going to help the garden any, but as long as we don’t get a late frost they should make it. Can you taste the radishes yet, we had our first taste yesterday. I planted some giants this year and couldn’t wait for them to get giant size so I picked some that were normal size and amazed the neighbors, what they don’t know won’t hurt them. Hey, it’s one more notch in that gardener of the year award. The tomatoes are finely coming on. Everything else is growing great and will get transplanted next weekend most likely. Then later this summer I will plant carrots and parsnips in the cold frame for a winter crop. I haven’t tried that before so we will see how that turns out. Any ideas or suggestions out there?

We’re Off and Growing

Well that might be a little presumptous on my part but the cold frame is planted. I did get lazy and left last years soil, just gave it a good boost with more compost and sand. It is packed full with tomato, cabbage, broccoli, summer squash, two kinds of cucumber, basil, jalapeno and another kind of hot pepper I can’t remember the name of and morning glory seeds. Some of the tomato seeds are in my homemade newspaper pots, last year I had some trouble with shock when they were transplanted so thought I would try something a friend suggested. The paper will disintegrate letting the roots spread out as needed.

With 200 onion sets and two rows of radishes planted we are well on our way. The hubby helped me put up the panels for the peas to grow on and hopefully the soil will warm up enough in the next couple of weeks they can be planted.

The rest will have to wait until we are sure Mother Nature is in her Hawaii mode for sure or they might get their topnotches frosted. Waiting to be planted are carrots, beets, koli-rabi and beans at least.

To make the paper pots take 1/2 sheet of newspaper and tear that in half. Fold that in half and roll into a tube approximately 3-4″ across the opening. Fold the raw edged end together, staple or tape shut or make two tight small folds up. When you are ready to use your pots fill as you would peat pots insert your seed and keep moist. When you use the paper pot that isn’t stapled make sure to support the bottom so you don’t loose any soil.