Since we’re fully stocked up on seeds after our trip to Burpee Seeds it was time to start planting.
Normally I just start my seeds inside this early, but this year I just couldn’t wait, so we made two cold frames to be able to plant a few crops outside already. Lettuce, redbeet and radish seeds are happily nestled in the ground next to our house….they better grow!
Since I’ve never made a cold frame before, and was kind of intimatidated by the elaborate seed growing ’structures’ my dad made when I was a kid, I was a bit scared of making one. But, once I found the door frames the cold frames took shape and were very simple and only took about 30 minutes to make. Just my kind of project!
First I took the two old wooden screen doors and nailed two by tens on each end for the ‘legs’.
Next we cut plastic for over the top and down the front and attached it with nail staples.
Then we set the frames over the seeds right up against the bricks. That’s it.
Now we can uncover them on warmer days (by pulling the plastic back) and keep them watered and hopefully before long we’ll see some sprouts.
In retrospect, if I hadn’t found the door frames, it would have been easy enough to nail together similar type top frames with a few pieces of wood (minus the screen), and then add the side legs and drape the plastic across them.