Oct 22, 2012

Gardening Experiments

Don't you love trying new things?  This year I tried growing Quinoa.  That experiment didn't work.
I recently read "The Forgotten Skills of Self-Sufficiency used by the Mormon Pioneers".  It's a good read and he has some ideas and information in there that I didn't have before.
The author has some good ideas for extending the harvest for us short season gardeners.

Today I set  up a "rustic" cold frame with a hot water jug to help keep it heated at night.
I need to fasten this to the house with a hinge, yet.  I planted various kinds of lettuce and spinach in here and I'm hopeful that we will be growing lettuce into December.  This is on the south side of my house right next to my other experiment-trying to save seed from biennials.  I have carrots and beets planted and I just mulched them.  I'm hoping they'll come up for the second year and provide me with seed. 

I guess the picture of this experiment isn't too exciting.  I'll report back on these experiments as they progress.  Or not.


3 comments:

www.frugallivingonthewatkinsranch.blogspot.com said...

I love that idea I have two hot boxes on the southside of my house that we use for harding off plants in the spring. I am going to try to plant in them now. Thanks for teh great idea.
Connie

Cary at Serenity Farms said...

Good luck with your experiement!

odiie said...

Connie-One thing I didn't take into consideration is the amount of daylight that we're getting now. Our days have shortened up considerably. We'll see....

Cary-Thanks. And thanks for stopping by.

Oct 22, 2012

Gardening Experiments

Don't you love trying new things?  This year I tried growing Quinoa.  That experiment didn't work.
I recently read "The Forgotten Skills of Self-Sufficiency used by the Mormon Pioneers".  It's a good read and he has some ideas and information in there that I didn't have before.
The author has some good ideas for extending the harvest for us short season gardeners.

Today I set  up a "rustic" cold frame with a hot water jug to help keep it heated at night.
I need to fasten this to the house with a hinge, yet.  I planted various kinds of lettuce and spinach in here and I'm hopeful that we will be growing lettuce into December.  This is on the south side of my house right next to my other experiment-trying to save seed from biennials.  I have carrots and beets planted and I just mulched them.  I'm hoping they'll come up for the second year and provide me with seed. 

I guess the picture of this experiment isn't too exciting.  I'll report back on these experiments as they progress.  Or not.


3 comments:

www.frugallivingonthewatkinsranch.blogspot.com said...

I love that idea I have two hot boxes on the southside of my house that we use for harding off plants in the spring. I am going to try to plant in them now. Thanks for teh great idea.
Connie

Cary at Serenity Farms said...

Good luck with your experiement!

odiie said...

Connie-One thing I didn't take into consideration is the amount of daylight that we're getting now. Our days have shortened up considerably. We'll see....

Cary-Thanks. And thanks for stopping by.