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I’ve heard that it’s generally a good idea to let it sit in the garden a few days before planting to give the soil a chance to warm up, and since we’ve still got a nice trough hanging out over the Eastern part of the country giving us a healthy dose of frigid Canadian air (thanks, eh?), it sounded like a good idea.

The cold frame was free, actually. I went to the Pennsylvania Organic Farm Fest in the fall, and one of the exhibitors had the cold frame on their table with a sign that said Free! on it. They told me the first person who carried it away got to keep it, so I did. We’ll see how it works. I’m hoping to plant later this week. I’m planning to plant lettuce (Spotted Aleppo and either Bronze Arrowhead or Red Velvet), arugula, radishes (French Breakfast and Saxa II), carrots (Dragon), and beets (Crapaudine). I hope they do well, because I’m ready for a fresh salad.


As you can see, there isn’t much growing yet, apart from my cover crop. But my garlic and shallots are starting to peek above the ground, so spring is should be on its way.

I also started some peppers, tomatoes, kale, and basil indoors over the weekend. More on seed starting in a future post…