You’ve seen what the cold frame in Open Lotus Garden looks like these days in my earlier posts, but I wanted to share with you what it looked like when we started it, because it’s quite a dramatic transformation! We started seedlings indoors under a grow light in December, and planted them out in the cold frame on a snowy day in January.
Here are the seedlings, several weeks old and ready to go into the cozy little cold frame we built:
Kale waiting to be planted:
Watering the seedlings (They don’t look especially promising, right? I didn’t think so either!):
All tucked in and ready to grow, winter be damned:
Late winter progress:
Rapid spring progress, with more sun and warmer soil temperatures:
And finally, an incredible springtime bounty:
As you can see, a little work, some salvaged materials, and a few packets of seeds can yield all the springtime greens you might need. The flavor of organic fresh-picked greens grown in good soil is one of the best things in the world!
Do you have cold frame gardening experience? Thinking about trying one but have questions or concerns? Just post in the comments section below!