[Homestead] Brace yourself, 2005 garden chores are creeping up on you
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Fri Feb 4 13:45:58 EST 2005
(you have to use the DIY search engine, but
there is a lot of high-class information there. For
instance trellis your cucumbers and tomatoes to maximize
quality, minimize disease and your garden work---economize
on space in a small garden.
Cold frames are an essential garden tool---spray paint
empty plastic milk jugs black, and put inside to carry
plants through freezing nights better than paper caps or
Wall-o-Water. But a manure-bottom hot frame has a lot of
nutrients and requires no attention except to vent excess
heat as weather warms up---and to insure a water supply.
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Building a Hot Frame
Building a Hot Frame
From "Fresh from the Garden"
episode DFFG-120 -- More Projects »
A hot frame is similar to a cold frame -- the difference
is that a hot frame has a heat source to get young
vegetables started quickly. The extra warmth keeps the
plants from freezing at night until the danger of frost
has passed. Here, learn how to create and set up a hot
frame of your own....
* For this project, you'll need an old door or window.
You can buy one at a recycled materials lot for a few
dollars. You'll also need 6 bales of straw, 10 bags of
topsoil, fresh manure and some starter seedlings. The only
tool you’ll need is a shovel.
* The first step in this project is to dig a
rectangular pit a foot deep to hold the fresh manure. You
want to get it below ground level to help hold in the heat
and to make it lower than the planting level of the
seedlings. If you plant the seedlings right in manure they
would burn up from the heat and from an overdose of
nutrients. By digging a pit, the plants will have a buffer
between their roots and the manure. Make the outside
diameter of the pit a foot narrower than the glass door.
* The next step is to lay the bales of straw around
the perimeter. The bales will sit at ground level, not in
the pit itself. Butt them together so they fit tightly,
with no gaps in between. The hay bales become the
insulated wall of your hot frame.
* To make the hot frame work, you need fresh manure.
Go to a local stable to harvest this heat source.
* Once you have your fresh manure, fill the pit you
dug with 6 inches of it. Next, tamp it down lightly with
your shovel. Then moisten the manure to help build up
heat. Then add a 6-inch layer of topsoil, on top of the
manure, to make a bed for your new seedlings. The topsoil
will come up to the bottom of hay bales you stacked around
the pit. Now you're ready to add your plants.
* Once the seedlings are in place, add the recycled
door to the top. The door should rest on the hay bales
with the weight distributed evenly across all of them. The
glass will let light in. The ground, hay bales and manure
will all work together to warm-up the inside of the box.
(the graphics on
CD would help, but this is a good text explanation of
setting up an underground irrigation supply line to a lot
of raised-beds. Make the raised beds of two-block-high
concrete blocks that you can sit on or in which you can
(pot your herbs
in potting soil or leaf compost---you can't tell the
damned things from weeds if you try to grow them in your
Note---note--if you are plagued with slugs or snails---use
any sort of container shallow enough for them to climb
into and bait it with beer occasionally. Once in they die
a horrible death---a lesson for Gene Gerue here.
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