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Our cold frames.

Sep 20, 2010

Whether you are starting seeds in flats or sowing them directly into the soil, a portable cold frame provides the opportunity to get your plants going a few weeks early. To get the most out of a garden, you can extend the growing season by sheltering saplings from cold weather both in early spring and during the fall.

Here in Pakistan to produce winter vegetables in summer by creating an artificial environment is much costly so not practiced at high level . But production of summer vegetables in winter by providing them optimum environment in tunnels, as the plastic sheets saves the energy of sun and does not allow them to go back and provides enough warmth for vegetable production.
Here our only cold frames are very cheap low plastic hoop tunnels made from bendable sticks from trees covered with plastic.
We never build or buy sophisticated cold frames or hot beds.In fact never seen one in market.
Plastic costs less than glass and being used for a season but it serves the purpose.
Normally the crops grown are cucumber, tomatoes, summer squashes, pepper and sweat pepper in such tunnel in winter to give early start in spring.

"As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler,solitude will be not solitude, poverty will not be not poverty nor weakness weakness."Henry Divid Thoreau Quote".

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Thankyou Salma, I love Thoreau. I had all his writtings until my daughter took them with her when she got married. She she liked my highlights and notes, a little bit of her dad. A few years ago she replaced it with a new book.
Henry David Thoreau (born David Henry Thoreau; July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862) was an American author, poet, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, historian, philosopher, and leading transcendentalist. He is best known for his book Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings. More about Thoreau:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_David_Thoreau
I adore cold frames, we make them from old window's and window frames. I use them in the spring for starting seedlings and growing spring greens. In the summer they take a rest and I fill 2 of my cold frames with compost and let it break down over the summer's heat. I then plant greens and herbs in them during late september, I will then be harvesting baby greens, herbs such as cilantro and dill till January. I also plant seeds of spinach, chard and lettuces in early December, to get an early harvest in March. Cold frames can give me all most year around harvest. I use fresh manure in 2 of my cold frames to produce heat in the cold frames, over the winter. In mild winters I have had greens all winter long. I have 6 cold frames and I rotate my crops every year. The cold frames are directly on top of the ground. I always have 2 cold frames in rest- they are the ones I start my seeds in flats--due to them having fresh manure in them. The heat the manure produces --gives under heat to the flats with the seedlings in them. After 2 seasons in "rest", I then use them again to plant directly in.
I think the reason that we dont use more costly cold frames, is ,because ours country has moderate climate with temperature rarely dropp ing below -5C,except for northern area of Gigit,Kalash,Swat ,Hunza etc;
we have at least 3 months of freezing temps. Cold frames are very helpful where I live.

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