With the days getting longer and the weather getting warmer it was time to begin planting. Last fall I had covered both of the garden beds with shredded leaves, so before I began planting I ran a small rototiller through each of garden beds several times to make sure that any of leftover leaves were well incorporated.
With the tilling complete it was time to focus on planting. Using an old wooden board I created two planting rows. I planted the following seeds in each row:
Row 1: Half row: Bloomsdale Spinach & Half row: Five Color Sliverbeet Swiss Chard
Row 2: Half row: Arugula & Half row: Wild Lettuce Mix
In two weeks I will plant more lettuce, spinach, and swiss chard. The idea is to spread out the planting in order to spread out the harvest.
Once all the seeds were planted I covered the newly planted area with a homemade clear plastic cold frame. In central Pennsylvania we still have some very cold days and nights, the cold frames add an extra layer of protection. I have had good success with using cold frames in the past to get an early start on the planting season.
In case you were wondering in the far cold frame are carrots, spinach, and swiss chard that I planted late last fall. All the plants survived the winter under the cold frame. Now I will have a head start on the spring growing season. I can’t wait until the first harvest.
How do you prevent your cold frame from getting blown away by stong wind?
It has not been a problem, but we do not live in a windy area. The clear plastic is attached to a wooden frame, I usually push soil around the base of cold frame. They stayed in position all winter long. In the future I will post more about the construction of my cold frames.