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Posted January 06, 2011 - 11:53 AM

I also want to make some kind of cover for the raised beds but not sure if it would help much because of the pine trees shade it this time of the year in the PM . I made a cold frame that I just stuck on a sunny spot in the garden just for the winter , red lettuce is doing OK , but some looks mushy. I'll try to post pic when get home . GrowerSupply had good prices on " end of rolls " of greenhouse film if your looking for some , picked up a 5'x 40' end cut for cold frames , regular plastic without uv inhibiters doesn't last long. Found out the hard way on that .

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Posted January 07, 2011 - 09:52 PM

Here's pic's from the other day of the cold frame , the green lettuce looks pretty bad but the red is still hanging tough.0106111624.jpg

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Posted January 12, 2011 - 03:13 PM

Hi Gardeners,

Here is another good idea for seed germination. I inherited an older upright freezer from a friend that I didnt need. I converted it to an incubator by installing two 4 foot flourescent fixtures in the door. I was able to remove the shelving material rom the door and mount the fixtures vertically. The freezer is so well insulated that the heat from the light fixtures produced more than enough heat to make hot weather seeds like tomatoes germinate rapidly. I also cut holes in the bottom and top of the sides to allow for ventilation.

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Posted January 12, 2011 - 08:11 PM

That's a great idea , always good to reuse something

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Posted January 15, 2011 - 06:21 PM

Here's how the tomatoes are doing less then 2 weeks , just starting to get their true leaves.DSC07640.jpg

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Posted January 23, 2011 - 11:37 PM

Looking good.... Still need a couple months up here before we can start the seedlings, you have me jealous!

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Posted February 11, 2011 - 07:57 PM

Just an update, here's the tomatoes from Jan.15th and today , there are going to need bigger containers soon.DSC07668.jpg

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