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Hay Bale Cold Frame

Posted by gldno1 z6MO (My Page) on
Sun, Mar 7, 10 at 6:39

I finally got outside yesterday to do some gardening chores.

The first thing on the list was the cold frame. I need to get the cabbages and broccoli and onions out in some sun.

I did leave the dirt on the storm windows to screen a little sun out. It will help harden the plants off without burning them. I always kept a shade cloth on the greenhouse when I had it up.

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I also pruned all the blackberries. That is a dangerous job! Those thorns can go through any glove, but I got it done. Now I want to put down some mulch between the tangle to keep down the weeds.

I finished my amateur job of pruning the fruit trees and tied down some limbs in a more horizontal direction that is supposed to help encourage fruiting.

No spraying yet but I am ready for that too.

I see a lot of perennials popping through the leaves but still no daffodils in bloom.

I still am not cleaning off all the flower beds.

This same time last year,daffs were blooming, plums were 3/4 open, apricot had some blooms, forsythia was in bloom,and color was showing on the flowering quince! Sure hope we can delay all that so the freeze which will be inevitable won't hurt everyting again.

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RE: Hay Bale Cold Frame

Glenda, I was "thinking" about several trees that still need pruning, but yesterday noticed the nectarine is in full bud-any of yours?

RE: Hay Bale Cold Frame

No. I have been watching them closely because they bloomed about this time last year and I lost them all due to freezes.
Not even any color on the plums or apricot which bloom before anything.

Keeping my fingers crossed.


RE: Hay Bale Cold Frame

glenda- isn't it great to be able to do things that most know nothing of????


RE: Hay Bale Cold Frame

I am thinking of getting some straw and making a cold frame like that. I have used black stock tanks before with a big window over it. I have to get some things outside to make more room for tomatoes inside.

RE: Hay Bale Cold Frame


Necessity is the mother of invention.

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