|Artichokes on bench, cold frame behind|
This I filled with some rough organic material like woody trimmings and other uncomposted garden waste, a fairly thick layer of chicken bedding (manure and straw), and finally some garden soil mixed with a bit of bought potting compost. I topped it with a glass shower door we've had for many years.
The first year I grew some seedlings to transplant into the main garden: things like chard and lettuce, and attempted to grow some beets and carrots. The carrots failed completely, but I got maybe ten small beets (about the same amount grew in the main garden bed, too: not a good year for beets).
|Inside the cold frame, March 2017|
At the moment I've got lettuce and spring onion seedlings in the cold frame, along with some self-seeded arugula and miner's lettuce. I've also got my artichokes in pots, to be transplanted out soon. Over winter I had a few young cauliflower plants growing slowly, but they've recently been transplanted into the main garden now the light levels are higher and the temps a bit warmer.
Once the lettuces and spring onions are gone, I hope to load it up with fresh chicken manure and grow some cucumbers and/or tomatoes (I attempted both last year with little success--slugs, I think). It's in a warm place next to the house, facing south. Prime growing for heat-loving plants here during our cool summers.