A Cold Frame Might Change Your Life

Are you a lit­tle behind the times this year regard­ing your Spring plant­ing? Are you tired of going through the same motions every May, run­ning to the nurs­ery, pur­chas­ing plants that you nur­ture all year only to have them die off in the fall? Perhaps you think you don’t have space in your yard to plant a lit­tle gar­den that would keep you in the green all year.

 This is where cold fram­ing comes in.

Cold frames are just one method of grow­ing and shel­ter­ing food plants for eat­ing beyond the rel­a­tively short Canadian out­door sea­son — dur­ing which they can be pro­duced and main­tained on their own, either in gar­den beds, in planters, or on decks.

Sure, it is warm now, but Kyla Dixon Muir and the good folks at Riverdale Meadow are offer­ing a hands-on demon­stra­tion this Sunday, May 27 on cold fram­ing strate­gies. As Kyla Dixon-Muir says, “Cold fram­ing is not just about the win­ter months:  it is about get­ting yield from your gar­den — out­doors, with­out elec­tric­ity, with­out green­houses — twelve months of the year. Growing foods out­doors from fall-through-winter-into–spring is not only pos­si­ble — it’s easy — and it ensures far ear­lier har­vests than seed sow­ing in spring.”

At Sunday’s ColdFrames in Action Tour you will learn about plant­ing, water­ing, and ven­ti­la­tion strate­gies for over-wintering crops, for late-fall-through win­ter har­vests and win­ter re-seedings, and more for early spring head-starts. See Soil Solarization in action for ear­li­est spring seed­ings, and con­tin­ued uses of ColdFrames for hot-season crops from other grow­ing cli­mates. View re-uses of sim­ple struc­tures (from fall and win­ter uses) for hardening-off spring trans­plants to out­door cli­mates used for early planting-out of your windowsill-started seedlings, too. View the abun­dant growth of last fall’s seed sow­ings, and this spring’s early starts.

The tour, which involves an inter­ac­tive ques­tion and answers as you go from plot to plot, also fea­tures tasty sam­ples from the ColdFrame gar­dens. The tour is from 1 pm to 3 pm and is only twenty dol­lars, but you must pre­reg­is­ter; don’t worry, it’s not too late! To reg­is­ter, and to find out about the other excit­ing activ­i­ties at Riverdale Meadow go here.


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