cold-frame 101, with niki jabbour. Niki: Yeah, it totally should. 17 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Niki Jabbour. Updated daily with the latest episodes. My last harvest is red raspberries, sometimes as late as November. Well, I’m glad you brought up also starting seedlings in the cold frame, because most of us I think at this point think cold frames are just for harvesting in winter or maybe pushing back spring a little earlier, so that you can start planting in March or even late February, depending where you live. This edible ornamental forms dense clumps of lime green leaves highlighted by deep red veins. So it’s not just about growing vegetables. I prefer using polycarbonate. Gardening outside in the winter sounds like a great thing. ️ They’re tolerant of cold temperatures and get even sweeter as…” Niki's gardening blog, SavvyGardening, just won Best Overall Garden Blog and Best Digital Media from the GWA, the Association for Garden Communicators! During the California Gold Rush, it was one of the first greens to come up that was then, of course, harvested and eaten as a salad green and helped ward off scurvy. My picks of garden gear, books, and mulch, mulch more, all things I use myself. Now, sometimes in February, when we’re in the middle of that deep freeze of winter, and I just have something like carrots in a cold frame, I don’t even bother to take the snow off because really, they’re not growing. don’t stop now! But also, my favorite mache. You don’t want the lights hitting… If it’s a polycarbonate top, you don’t want them bumping up against that. You also don’t want them touching the food crops. Please count me in. Margaret: In this 101, maybe we start with where is a good place to site a cold frame relative to sun and buildings and blah, blah. Begin typing your search above and press return to search. She's also an award-winning radio host, in-demand speaker and keynote, and passionate vegetable gardener. Niki is author of The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener and a 2012 American Horticultural Society Book Award winner. Niki: Three feet by 6 feet and then 18 at the back and 12 of the front. [Laughter.] Margaret: Right. It’s like all of the uses for these sort of barriers and enclosures and so forth, right? For years, they’ve been saying, “Oh, I wish I had a greenhouse or a polytunnel.” And this is the year they said, “I’m doing it.” And honestly, hundreds of letters and texts I’ve gotten from people—polytunnels, greenhouses, even geodesic domes. Niki shares a ton of practical and insightful tips on how to keep your summer garden flourishing, navigating slugs, zucchini issues, powdery mildew hacks, tomato tantrums and more during our recent chat. For the record I’m the worst at geography. It snowed 4-5 inches…” But yet, everything from deer and groundhogs to rabbits, to cabbage worms and slugs and flea beetles and potato beetles and cucumber beetles. Niki Jabbour. But I think as you mentioned, siting it is important. I have portable ones, and permanent ones. Do you cover them? Look for her next book, Niki Jabbour’s Veggie Garden Remix in January 2018. He wanted to stretch it and stretch it a little more. If you were going to make them very deep in the ground—some people like to go very deep in the ground. You can make the frame from lots of things. Niki: It had that little 6-inch differential, and I sunk them in the ground about 6 inches as well just for a little bit of extra installation. Let’s be clear. So that’s the whole job of a cold frame: to create a microclimate around your plants and start those seeds earlier and harvest earlier and harvest out of season. Some people put heavy-duty aluminum foil in the inside of them along the sides to help, again, reflect more light in. Fertilized by sea breezes, her gardens are comprised of a colourful mixture of perennials, annuals, herbs and flowering shrubs, with a few patches of clover and chickweed thrown in for good measure. They encircle the stem with a tiny little flower as well towards the end of winter, but they have that fresh taste of spring greens, which I think why it’s called miner’s lettuce. And even though I have a polytunnel now, I still use my cold frames. What about that? But I also use some of them for straw-bale cold frames. They will take milk jugs or water jugs, 1-gallon jugs, or even… Well, I would call it a 2-liter pop bottle, but I guess I’m not sure what that would be in the imperial system, probably like half-gallon pop bottle or soda bottle. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. M going to absorb heat over winter, I will use insulating materials, like if just! About 12 or 14 inches tall at the front and the other niki jabbour instagram crops are direct-sown too at. 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