I am venturing into unchartered territories. Vegetables. Seeds. Cold frame. I’ve only purchased potted perennials in the past, and it is kind of intimidating. I realize that this is not a life-or-death situation (at least of the mammal variety); but I just don’t want to fail.
Then again, I am a bit of a risk-taker. So I planted my first seeds today. From what I read, a cold frame will allow seeds to be planted 6 weeks before the regular season begins. In my zone (6), the last threat of frost is around May 15th. However, I’m really between zones 6 and 7 (zone 6b, to be specific), and the last frost is around April 15th in zone 7. I thought I’d just split the difference and hope for a mild end to winter. After all, April has been very warm for the last few years with no sign of frost. Perhaps I am pushing my luck a bit, but they’re just seeds, right? I only used a few from each packet and can easily try again if this batch fails.
Again, I don’t know if it is too early or not, but I can tell that the cold frame is doing its job. When I lift the lid and stick my hand in, the air is considerably warmer. The night-time temperatures are forecasted to stay at or above freezing, and the frame will protect the seedlings from frost. Or at least that is the way it is supposed to work. I think. Also, I’m not too sure about when to lift the lid for ventilation, but I think that only applies after the seeds have sprouted. I don’t think the seeds care much as long as they have a nice warm blanket of soil over them.
Good night, Sweet Peas!