Do You Raise A Garden? - Mini Greenhouse Directions Added

United States
June 25, 2007 11:19am CST
We have always had a garden. I was raised on a farm when I was a child and learned the benefits and the hard work that comes from gardening. When I got married we kept that tradtion alive. We love fresh foods from our own garden. Do you garden? Even if you just have a few raised beds it can be very rewarding. A few herbs in the window sill of the kitchen is a great help also. Many people don’t have a place to garden so they just plant a “salad garden”. It is simply a few pots with a tomato, pepper, and some lettuce. The fixings for a salad. These can be placed on a balcony or window sill. There are just so many ways to bring fresh food into your life. Later in the year, when the temperatures starts dipping toward plant killing levels, many people just hang up gardening until spring. But a cold frame can extend the season through those on again, off again cold spells, even until steadily cold weather. If you've seen those fancy self-ventilating aluminum and acrylic models in the garden catalogs, you might have decided cold frames were too pricey or elaborate to fool with. That could not be more from the truth. They don't have to be expensive or elaborate to work. Now is the time to make your cold frame so it is ready in plenty of time to use when it is needed. If you put it off, it probably wont get done. Here's a quick and easy way to build a cold frame you can use to keep some lettuce or other cool weather crops growing when the mercury drops too low. All you need are six bales of hay and an old storm window. Build a rectangle out of the hay along the southern side of your house (use two bales for each side of the frame) and lay the window on top. Now you have quickly made your cold frame. Of course, you'll still need to do the gardening to make it work. You can plant seeds in a pots or flats and place them inside your frame. But the hay and glass will create a little greenhouse environment that will enable you to garden a little bit longer. (You can throw a blanket over the window for some extra protection if it gets really cold.) One note of caution: If the temperature should rebound, make sure to prop up the storm window and allow excess heat to escape.
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
25 Jun 07
I have had peppers and cherry tomatoes that Ive grown in a big plant container. They got so big I had to tie them around the banster because they hanging down so much. When we get over to the other house Im going to try planting some things over there. Do you think its to late to start anything? The had quite a few peppers and tomatoes. I was always having a salad.LOL
• United States
25 Jun 07
I dont know where you live but it is not too late in West Virginia. The yield may not be as heavy and it will too late very soon but currently it is still good to plant plants as long as they are healthy. I would add some miracle grow planing soil to them so they would really take off quicker. It is more expensive but worth the price if you want quick results.
@KrisNY (7591)
• United States
25 Jun 07
Oh that is a great idea- the cold frame- Yes we garden- I love fresh vegetables. My favorite time of year is when the tomatoes start to ripen in the garden- I love walking out to the garden in my bare feet- stepping onto the hot dirt- searching for the perfect tomato for my sandwich- or picking a cucumber- grabbing a green pepper for a salad- along with radishes. YUM- My least favorite part of our garden is picking beans- Why? I’m not sure- back-breaking- I love to eat them- I also love zucchini and squash- we slice it up- season with Italian dressing and grill it up. I love our garden- We tried cantaloupe this year too- I hope they grow- I love juicy cantaloupe!
@gewcew23 (8010)
• United States
25 Jun 07
Thanks for this great idea. I had heard of people making a rectangular box with a hinged window made of thick plastic but never this. I wanted a garden this year but didn't get it in. I am planning on buying a tomato plant or two and a papper plant for sure and make a bench planter garden on my front porch. I sure do miss not having a garden this year. Thank you again for the information and I will pass it on to my husband and see if we could make one. Have a great day.
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• United States
29 Jun 07
I am not sure that we get enough sun to support a greenhouse. We have so many trees that provide great shade and cooling in the summertime that we cannot grow plants that require full sun. This is a great idea for those that have the space. Great discussion.
@brendalee (6083)
• United States
29 Jun 07
I've tried to have a garden but I never have much luck. The soil where I live isn't very good and my yard is mostly shade. But I think that cold frame is a great idea. My boyfriends uncle has a garden so I am sure he will appreciate this idea.
@blackbriar (9080)
• United States
29 Jun 07
Actually, you can make a quick cold frame out of just bout any materials. I take a big tote with lid off and put a sheet of acrylic on top for a cold frame in the spring when my plants are getting too big for the house but yet mother nature isn't quite ready for me to plant them in the ground. I keep it out near my garden where it gets the most spring sun. Does a great job of keeping them growing, yet protected from the cool early spring temps.
• United States
26 Jun 07
this is so cool. My brother loves gardening as well as i do and i am sure he will be happy to hear about this.thanks for posting this
@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
26 Jun 07
This is great, I've actually seen it before years back but forgot about it until now - great idea as here in Michigan our growing time is very short. Saving this one for future reference.
• Canada
25 Jun 07
I wish I did , my place is quite dark and would have to outside , but the landlord is doing alot of work around the yard ...