Summer Already?

They were saying it was going to be warmer today, but this is ridiculous: 78 degrees!  Don’t jump the gun though, cause it’s supposed to snow Tuesday…

Needless to say, i was outside messing about in the yard.  Also took a trip to the Community Forklift (an incredible non-profit construction salvage warehouse in Edmonston, MD) to get some odds and ends to finish the cold frame so I can transplant the kale and chard after the hardening off is done next week.

First crack at a cold frameHere’s the nearly finished frame.  It’s 40″wide x 48″ long, 10″ in the front, 18″ in the back, so there’s plenty of head space.  I used an old bike tire, cut into strips, as a gasket to keep out the drafts.

All told, it was $4!  The lumber was reused from the Forklift, the bike tire was trashed anyway, and the window (practically new double paned glass) was free from the neighbor’s trash!

There’s 2 arugula plants that survived from last season that are starting to grow in the frame again, so i’ll be cutting salads soon.

Also started hardening off the kale and chard sewn Jan 13th: just 2 hours of full sun today, and will up it a bit more over the week.


About Ryan

Urban gardening at it's best (sometimes it's worst)! Adventures and learnings from going 100% lawn free in a D.C. row house.
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