Planting A Cold Frame (video series)
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Planting A Cold Frame (video series)

October 21, 2019

Welcome back to my personal YouTube channel
here. Thank you for joining us. If you’re following along here, then you know we’re
talking about cold frames. Now in this video we’re gonna be talking about how to plant
them and how to get them ready for planting. You know I might even go grab some seedlings
and go ahead and get it started. But if you’re following along with the series you know that
we’ve already learned all about cold frames. How to get them started, how to plan for them,
we’ve learned how to build this exact cold frame, and now we’re gonna talk about how
to plant them. Stay Tuned. I’m not gonna go into all the details on
the kind of dirt you need to get mixed up. That’s not what the content of this video’s
gonna be about. It’s simply, what am I doing to try to get these things ready for a season,
and in my case, this area here where we have these planted is not an area where we’re
going to continue to garden season after season, so our goal is not to enrich all of the soil
in the area and turn it into a permanent garden. This is just simply a place where we currently
get enough sunlight to have cold frames set up through the winter and we need to make
a kind of like what you might do with a raised bed. We need to dig out a small portion underneath
the cold frame and create a little divot of quality dirt or good organic dirt there on
top and while we’re at it, we’re gonna go ahead and try to enrich some of the soil
below it and in the process we’re gonna try using worms and keeping worms alive throughout
the winter, so that’s something we’re gonna follow along with as we continue to
develop and go through this season together. Now because these things are so light weight,
I was able to just pick them up and move them out of the way and in doing so, it leaves
us with exactly where I’d set them down, the lines that we need to work with. To get
some of the native soil here broken up I’ve been using this cobra head steal fingernail
and basically what it is is it’s a little tine shaped cultivator almost that you can
use to pull up rocks and I was using that just to create a hole where I could shovel
it out and then use that loose dirt to fill in around the edges of each one of these cold
frames. Now as we’re filling in around the edge, that also helps us to seal off the space
around this bottom area so that we don’t get any air flow that continues to cause a
cooling effect through the winter. It helps us again, to control the ventilation a little
bit more effectively, and that’s what we’re gonna always go after when we set up these
cold frames, and when we’re trying to grow a plant throughout a very cold season.
Now in my case, because the way this soil was, it had so many roots and rocks and weeds
here in this area, the way this soil was before I started working it just now for the cold
frames, I decided it would be better to put down some paper and so we used some newspaper
and brown paper bag and just placed that down in the bottom of the divot area where we have
now room for quite a bit of dirt. Good healthy dirt that we’ve mixed up. We’re placing
that healthy dirt in there and then we’ll put some worms in on top of that after we
get done planting, but once this is going that paper will help to prevent the weeds
from coming back up through the good healthy soil and it also encourages the worms to tunnel
down and start to work into the soil below it and hopefully then, like I mentioned before
at the beginning of our summer season, we’ll have a good amount of healthy dirt here. We
should have made more dirt than what we currently have now, just because of the worms and the
environment that we’re creating here for them.
Now when you’re thinking about planting your plants and you’re laying them out here,
I think it’s very common that you would plant your leafy greens in very small rows
in tight little patches and then the goal is that you are able to continue to harvest
them small leafs at a time, because through the winter time, a lot of times, depending
on where you live, they’re not gonna grow to be large plants anyway. So I’m gonna
be laying ours out every 2-3 inches and then I’ll be staggering them like this as we
plant them in. Now if it’s gonna be a large head of cabbage, maybe you would think about
putting 4 or maybe 5 or possibly 6 heads of cabbage in a cold frame of this size.
Now like I was saying before, we want to plant things fairly narrowly, and I’ve already
started to plant some Bloomsdale spinach and here’s some iceberg lettuce setting here
behind me, and each one of our plants are started in these small little pots and this
is in 100% worm casting. So now that they’ve been started, they’re very healthy, we’re
gonna just leave them in a narrow area or small contained space like this and plant
them just side by side and that’s fine. They’re never gonna grow to be large plants
because of just the sheer space in which they’re planted in.
So that’s all we’re gonna do. It’s that simple. I’m gonna go ahead and plant in
another Bloomsdale spinach and then this section back here is gonna be set up for iceberg lettuce.
Now after we have our plants planted like this, finally the last thing that I would
suggest that you do is that you mulch the top of them and around here, we have plenty
of leaves which is what I’m going to do. I’ll grab a 5 gallon bucket, fill it up
with leaves, crunch it up on the inside and put it back over the top of the dirt here
and that does a couple of things. First of all it adds organic material, which in turn
is fertilizer. Once we add our worms in over the top of this, that will give them something
to eat and feed on through the winter and additionally it helps to keep the moisture
contained down in the soil below and it keeps it from evaporating out. So you get multiple
benefits just by putting a mulch over the top, but again this is no different from any
other garden that you may be growing on your property.
So I hope this video’s been helpful. Please remember to give us a rating, a thumbs up
or a thumbs down if you didn’t like the video, but we do appreciate your support and
you being here. If you have been following along with this video series, please note
that there’s gonna be some more as we continue throughout the winter and throughout this
next coming winter season for us here in North America, and we’re gonna be talking about
insulation, different types of insulation, measuring the difference in temperatures between
one or the other and even putting hoop houses over the top of this, and so I’m very excited
to get into that as we continue to cool down here in North America, so stay tuned. Please
remember to subscribe and more to come soon.

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  1. Hey Wayne, I really like your cold frame design! Good luck with your harvest. It looks like you will be eating greens into the winter….

  2. Im from California and this is helping me grow organics during the winter. I just know nothing about tools. Haha I also never have put worms in the soil (duh). Thanks

  3. Learn To Winter Garden!ps. It's easier than summer gardening! ūüôā

    This is the third video in a series on "Cold Frames" (see full description).

    Cold Frame Playlist –

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    Video 1 – Planning A Cold Frame –
    Video 2 – Building A Cold Frame –
    Video 3 – Planting A Cold Frame –
    Video 4 – Insulating A Cold Frame –¬†
    Video 5 – ……..Make A Guess!!!! ūüôā ……….

    In this video, I show you how I plant in the cold frames I built, made from re-purposed materials. I planted the cold frames in a much tighter spacing than is typically recommended for the plants. That said, they're not going to grow as large as they would in the spring or fall….so I'm perfectly fine with it, I think the plants will be fine. I'll keep you updated on the progress of the plants!

    While, I don't have cold frame "plans" drawn up for you to use…I do have the dimensions in the previous video. You really need to think outside the box when building cold frames. (pun intended)

    What Are Cold Frames?
    Cold frames, are protected plant beds that have no heat added. You generally see a 5 Р10 degree temperature difference inside a cold frame, compared to the outside temperature. Essentially, what you're building, is a miniature Cold Frame Greenhouse! 

    Coldframes are used to hared seedling, start cold-tolerant plants, and provide shelter to tender perennials. Some even use cold frames to overwinter summer-rooted cuttings of woody plants.

    Materials Used
    Repurposed Fiberglass Werner Ladder Rails
    Repurposed Skylight Material
    Repurposed Storm Windows
    Repurposed Barn Siding
    Repurposed Nuts & Bolts
    New Low-cost Hinges
    New Low-cost Handle
    New Aluminum Rivets

    #ColdFrames   #ColdFrame   #WinterGarden   #ColdFrameGarden  

    Recorded With – Canon VIXIA HF R400 –

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