I nearly cried when reading that there is a possibility of snow later this week here in the Hudson Valley. I am just not ready for that in any way. Well, except maybe one way... We spent Saturday afternoon transplanting all our fall greens and herbs into the mini hoop house that we constructed out of an old apple crate (purchased from the Apple Bin, no less!) last spring.
Now all's we have to do is cover it with plastic and let the bad weather come (though I hope to God that it will wait until at least November if not December or even, dare I say it, January?)
As autumn deepens, I find myself clinging desperately to the last signs of summer. Although we pulled out most of our plants, we left the two cherry tomatoes standing in the hopes that a few more of the ruby beauties will have a chance to ripen before the first frost strikes. I've also been seized with an almost pathological urge to spend every waking moment out of doors while the going is still good (which has led to some lovely hikes and outings recently.) And I find myself fantasizing about cold frames, those wonderful, inexpensive ways to preserve your growing season just a little bit longer...
I personally love the idea of reusing an old window - to prevent waste, save materials and because I think they look charming.
Despite my intense appreciation of them, I am far from an expert on cold frames (or hoop houses.) So rather than pretend to know more than I do, I thought I'd share with you all some good resources for how to construct and use cold frames. So without further ado, here's a very thorough video from This Old House about how to build your own (unfortunately, Blogger is not playing nicely with Brightcove's embedding options, sigh.)
And here are a few links to check out:
- Instructables post on how to build a coldframe with recycled materials
- Little House In the Suburbs post on building a coldframe
- Inspiring glimpse of a cute, cheap, DIY coldframe from Diggin'Food
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