Three years ago, I built myself a cold frame. I thought it would be the coolest thing ever and enhance my winter sowing experience. I couldn’t wait to try it out.
I found some free windows and scrap wood and built my cold frame almost for free (with the help of a good friend who knows how to use a saw!). I brought (this fricken heavy thing) home and set it up in the perfect spot in the backyard.
I sowed a bunch of seeds in flats and filled up my awesome new cold frame and I waited. Every day I couldn’t wait to get home to check for new sprouts and I waited… and waited… and waited… what the?
After several weeks, I knew something had to be wrong. Heck, some of my winter sown containers were sprouting by then, but I hadn’t gotten a single sprout in my cold frame… hummm.
Finally I gave up on the seed flats and put some seedlings I had growing in the house out in the cold frame instead. Oh boy, this was going to be awesome!! I was back in business.
Once again, every day I rushed home to check on my seedlings… and every day I watched them slowly wither and die. What the?
So I headed to the internet to do some research (I guess I should have done my research BEFORE using the thing) and I discovered that (dah) I had fried my seeds and seedlings because I wasn’t venting the cold frame correctly (ehem, at all). It was way too hot in there.
Well, that wasn’t as cool as I thought it would be.
|My cold frame, currently being used to store my rain barrels|
So I gave up on my cold frame and have been too nervous/ busy to try it out again.
Ok, now for the challenge… my husband was bugging me to get rid of it because it’s too big to store (fair enough!), so I asked for a compromise. If I don’t figure out how to use it this year, I promised that I would get rid of it this summer. GAME ON!
Umm… now what?
Well, I guess I should get busy doing research to figure out how to successfully use this thing and decide if it’s something I want to keep up long term. If anyone has any tips for me, please, please share them!! I need help!
(Oh, and if you don’t hear anymore about the cold frame, you’ll know that I lost the challenge)
|My cold frame at a slightly better angle|
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