Planting Stuff

Planting Stuff

It’s spring, which means time to spend the weekend doing little projects in my garden. Some of you may remember last spring when I built my cold frames. P5020001 They were nice cold frames, but I didn’t take into account the famous winter winds of Livingston. The cold frames didn’t weather winter particularly well — the old storm windows I used blew off and the glass all broke, and the heavy-duty plastic sheeting also shredded over time. So I ordered some corrugated plastic a few weeks ago, figuring it would not only be tougher than the original cold frame coverings, but also hoping that because it lets in diffused light, it wouldn’t burn up my seedlings the way the glass windowpanes had.
So, yesterday I measured and cut and got out my fabulous cordless drill and attached the new plastic with one-inch screws. Then I caulked all the cut ends and the screw holes and everyplace else where it looked like moisture could seep in with silicone caulk. Here’s the end result:
P4030001 They’re not quite as pretty as the original, but I think they’ll work really well. I’ve got tomato, pepper and eggplant seedlings under lights in the basement, and today I started the zucchini, cucumbers and melon (which I think I’m going to do in pots in the cold frames as it never really gets hot enough for melon here). I also planted some things outdoors: arugula, radishes, broccoli raab, frise, raddiccio mix — most of which were from the fabulous Seeds of Italy. I can’t say enough good things about Seeds of Italy, everything I’ve ordered from them has grown beautifully, and the seed packets are enormous. I have more than enough left over from last year for this year’s garden. Here’s one last photo for the day, my mini-daffodils which have been blooming for nearly a week: P4030003

5 thoughts on “Planting Stuff

  1. Just started my last years’ Seeds from Italy tomatoes, and arugula too! (supplemented by some Heirloom tomatoes from someplace else that I pray germinate and grow nearly as well — those are great seeds.)

    The new-improved cold frames look good. And who doesn’t feel good while wielding a cordless drill? Love that thing!

  2. For all I know, Sementi may be the Burpee of Italy, but they’re great seeds — huge packets and everything I’ve tried from them has grown like gangbusters (well, except for the melon last year, but that was hardly the seed’s fault, we had a wet cold summer). The arugula is particularly fabulous …

  3. I’m just about to put tomato plants in the ground, and plant some squash and cucumbers. Also, planning which flowers to get in the ground where. I love this time of year. Please continue to use photos of your gardening projects and the different plants and flowers as they grow. It’s a great addition to your blog!!

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