Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Cold Frame Protects Plants During Winter

I'm once again surprised at how well my Juwel Cold Frame has protected my seedlings. Back in October I transplanted Romaine & Black Seeded Simpson lettuce seedlings into the cold frame. After 4 months of enduring a Pennsylvania winter the lettuce still looks great. I watered the cold frame maybe three times the entire winter. I'm still surprised how well the structure insulates the greens from the freezing winter temperatures at night.

Today I took some photos of the cold frame with the 2010 October transplants. Can't wait to transplant these into my raised beds in a few weeks.

Last years results http://www.italiangardening.com/2010/04/cold-frame-winter-garden-results.html

Friday, March 11, 2011

Fig & Laurel Update

My fig trees and laurel plants all overwintered in the garage just fine. In a few weeks I'll be able to set them back outside. Some of the fig trees will require heavy root pruning as they are prolific in sending roots out. As for the Italian Bay Laurel plants, right now I'm keeping them 3 to a container. In a few years they will outgrow their current container and will need their own individually. I have to say the Laurels are extremely hardy. They've survived a transatlantic flight, root division and no sunlight for three months and they look great.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Spring Has Sprung In The Office

Seeds are starting in the garage. Heat mats are warming the seedlings. And the plants at my desk are blooming. More 2011 posts to come...