Out on The Plots This Week:
I have mainly been working under cover this week as the morning have been frosty, often with freezing fog as well.
However, yesterday was a lovely
sunny afternoon so I cleared the area where I envisage a large coldframe to be a possibility, (where the Strawberry tables used to be) added a new wooden planter box, which is about 3.5m long and 30ccm wide and deep, then got out some of the materials I hoped
to use and fiddled around for a bit
In my mind, this would be made from the triple wall polycarbonate sheeting, with a sloping, lift up lid
1. It is not transparent enough to let sufficent light in
2. I would have to cut
various pieces to fit (!)
I then added a hinged, open based planter box, to make a small area to contain potted plants to see if that brought any more ideas
1. The pathway through this area becomes very narrow
sides are not tall enough to allow potted Brassicas to grow without touching the cover
3. What cover?????
So I left it
But last night I had another thought, enought to wake me up: I am going to start again, still with the long rear planter
box, but this time wth blue hoops and polythene. The open based box can be used over on #146, thus leaving enough space for a wider path, needed to get a wheelbarrow past without damaging anything
More pictures next week!!! I am determined to make this
work, because it will not only give me more sheltered growing space for early crops, maybe Beetroot in the long box, moving the polystyrene Carrot box off the staging in the polytunnel, early Dwarf French Beans and so on, but also, with a fine mesh cover later
in the year, will be perfect for protecting young Brassica plants growing on before being planted out on the plots
Just have to work out the structure for these two interchangeable covers.....