2 acre farm: Extra Cold Frame

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Extra Cold Frame

So the Two Acre Farm winter production isn't look so hot. My plan of growing spinach through the winter has officially been obliterated. The plants are looking alive and green but no growth and as the pictures show they aren't exactly overheated. Although I haven’t ever put a thermometer inside the mini greenhouses / cold frames I am certain they stay significantly warmer than outside. I came to this conclusion when I discovered the dirt is frozen several inches deep outside but inside the cold frames it isn’t frozen at all yet, good to know. I could make things better by putting in extra panes of glass or extra insulation but I am not that interested in spinach in winter. I had a gut feeling these would wind up for seed starting but I figured giving them a shot as mini greenhouses couldn't hurt.

On the bright side we have a great place to start cold hardy seedlings without taking up space inside and they gave us some beautiful displays of frost. The way the frost has formed reminds me of grass or feathers. I am not sure which but it really is terrific. I hope everyone enjoys it.

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Anonymous debsgarden said...

The frost may be keeping the sunshine from the seedlings, but it is lovely. The pattern reminds me of fern leaves. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, and may you have a happy and warm (if only in your heart) New Year!

December 28, 2009 at 6:21 PM  
Blogger Nathan (2af) said...

Yeah the frost is certainly is organic. Thanks for the kind wishes. I hope the holidays have been good to you too.

December 30, 2009 at 10:18 AM  
Anonymous peter said...

if you are looking for more detailed information on USDA plant hardiness zones, there is an interactive USDA plant hardiness zone map at http://www.plantmaps.com/usda_hardiness_zone_map.php which will allow you to locate your USDA zone based on zipcode or city.

December 31, 2009 at 9:30 AM  
Blogger jane said...

you know, the spinach just might be dormant with the cold .. it will likely start growing again, when the temps change .. even a bit

January 1, 2010 at 8:03 PM  
Anonymous Kochsgarden.com said...

Your spinach will start growing in March LOl lOL hope you didn't need it soon. I grew some last year and it didn't take off till the snow melted for good!

January 3, 2010 at 6:27 AM  

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