Field Trip! Leigh on 01 Dec 2010 05:09 am
As promised in my last “Fall Regrets” post, this is the first in a series of snapshots from my friends’ fall gardens. The photo above is a clever and simple strawbale cold-frame set up. Using some discarded sliding doors, my friends D & J set up this cold frame. Around Fayetteville (and similar zones) you can grow cool-weather greens like kale all the way through winters. And even lettuce and chard will go a long way into winter this way.
Once you have something like this set up, heat is actually more of a threat than most cold nights! On a mild clear day you can easily cook your greens on the root. Not the desired effect! So on those day you will need to vent the cold frame. On super cold nights, you can toss an old blanket over the glass for extra protection.
If you do use glass, only do so if you have no kids around or even dogs who like to jump up on things, or this could be dangerous. The strawbales provide some protection, but if you are just using old windows or glass in some other set up make sure no one can accidentally trip and step or fall through the glass!
Maybe I can get something like this set up before spring to start some early spinach and greens? It would also be easy to build a plastic covered frame to go over the bales. Hmmm. Is there hope for my late garden block after all?
While I was at this lovely little garden, I noticed they had a very clever and effective deer fence too! One that is more visually pleasing than most. (Though all of us will resort to any eyesore to keep the deer out if it comes down to it!!)
It is hard to see in all the photos I took, but tucked vertically into the top of the fence are thin branches and twigs. Though you can hardly see it, it creates a pretty tall fence to deter leaping deer! D. told me that they added white plastic shopping bags as additional measures, but couldn’t stand the looks of it (though the snapping/billowing sound no doubt helped!) so they instead tied the bags into animal and bug shapes to provide a visual (and artistic!) bambi barrier too. They report the set up has been effective.
Next weekend, we’ll stop by the super productive winter garden set up of my friend and garden-guru Jen. Be sure not to miss it—sign up to get the twice-weekly Larrapin Garden posts by email below.
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