[Market-farming] Cold Frame Advice Sought
farmingflowers at hotmail.com
Mon Mar 1 13:42:35 EST 2010
There are so many variables on this, but a very good OLD explanation is in the American Gardener's Calender by Bernard McMahon. Yup, it was published in 1806 but cold frames etc using manure heat were much more common. Old Bossy Bernie's got the system set up by months and for nearly everything that you might want to grow. (I have to use this book as a reference in my work with historical gardening, but I'm always amazed how often we reinvent the wheel. For soft technology techniques, Mr. McMahon rocks. Yes. I am a garden geek)
The book is quite readable. Other-more contemporary-methods can be found in the Mother Earth News archives also.
> On Mar 1, 2010, at 10:44 AM, Marty Kraft wrote:
> > I am building a 4X8 foot cold frame and might need to keep it warm
> > at night. I have some horse manure that was put into garbage bags
> > about 8 months ago. I was thinking of mixing it with dry leaves and
> > letting it work under my flats. I don't know if the manure is too
> > old or how much to use and what kind of temperatures my cool season
> > plants will tolerate in the frame. The plants were grown to about
> > 5-6 inches indoors under fluorescent lights.
> > Any information about this will be appreciated.
> > Thanks
> > Marty in Kansas City
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