Cold winter miscellany
Thu, 10 Dec 2009 11:19:31 PST
On 9 Dec 2009, at 19:02, Kathleen Sayce wrote:

> I came close to considering spousicide... when mine suggested that the
> perfect place for a cold frame was a  spot I've eyed for years, yet is full
> of precious old pipes and  rotting lumber that he's got stored for some
> future project... now I'm waiting for a  certain spouse to clear the site. 

Craigslist is the answer. Put an ad in the "Free" category and someone will be 
happy to come cart away your husband's treasured junk. Don't waste time trying 
to sell it for money; consider it a good deal because it saved paying someone 
to cart it to a dump.

As for coldframes: if possible, excavate so the bottom of the frame is about 8 
inches (20 cm) below soil level. (This presumes good drainage; you do not want 
your precious plants sitting in a sump filled with water.) And do not make the 
height above ground too great, or your plants will be down in a hole looking up 
longingly at the sky above. If I had the wherewithal, I'd have frames 
constructed of masonry below ground with a fairly shallow top that could be 
removed during the growing season.

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Maritime Zone 8, a cool Mediterranean climate
on beautiful Vancouver Island…

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