DUST OFF YOUR COLD FRAME

NZ Gardener - Garden Diary 2018 - - Garden Tasks This Week -

The nights are cool­ing down quickly now. If you’re sow­ing seeds, tuck them up at night in a sim­ple cold frame made by rest­ing an old win­dow over a raised box. Or in­vest in an in­ex­pen­sive plas­tic tun­nel to ac­cel­er­ate seedling growth. But be care­ful on hot days. While they keep the soil warm at night, they can over­heat on hot days, so lift up the sides dur­ing the day to avoid fry­ing your plants. While win­ter veg­eta­bles may ben­e­fit from the ex­tra shel­ter and warmth to get them started, they are not trop­i­cal plants.

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