We had a really ROUGH winter this year. Normally our winters here in Boise are pretty mild. Most winters we only get a couple of snow falls during the entire winter. This winter, however, we had record breaking snow falls. I think we broke a couple of records in all of recorded history! My kids had 6 snow days and probably should have had a couple more. We had one storm that called for such extreme weather that we filled up our bathtub with water (just in case). We also checked our emergency food and water supplies. It was a doozy.
Needless to say, I’m very glad that spring is on it’s way and while it is not quite here yet, at least the mountains of snow are gone and the sun shows it’s beautiful head once in awhile!
Last fall, I made a few cold frames to see if I could extend my growing season. I made them out of salvaged wood from an old fence we took down. I more or less followed the building plans in Elliot Coleman’s book “The Four Season Harvest.” If you want/need an online building plan, you can find one here. The lids of my cold frames are covered with plastic sheeting, 6ml thick which you can find here.
Here is a picture of the cold frames and the hoop house in the background. Both were experiments this year.
Other than going out one time (on one of the warmest winter days) to see if anything was still alive, I pretty much did nothing to these cold frames all winter long. And they kindly kept my salad greens alive for me…no questions asked.
I think I’m in love!
I thought I would do a video to show you how the plants inside of the cold frames fared during the frigid weather. All-in-all, I’m super happy with how they worked! I couldn’t have asked for anything better.
Who knew you could have fresh salad, straight from the garden in February?!? 🙂
Enjoy the video!