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Top Tips On Warming Up Soil In Spring [video]

March 20th, 2017 | The flower garden, The vegetable garden | 0 Comments

warming soil and protecting from frost

Spring is here and it is the perfect time to start sowing seeds.  In the UK in Spring we have to be prepared for any late frosts that are a feature of March and April to ensure you don’t check any early sowings. Here’s a video tutorial with tips on warming up your soil in spring and protecting it from further frosts.

  • Raised beds warm up quicker than the open ground following the winter season. So if you have raised beds in your garden, start your first sowings here to take advantage of this.
  • Soil can be warmed by covering in black plastic, or by using row covers or garden fleece. Black covers work best as they absorb the heat and warm the soil quicker but use what you have available to you.  Do this for at least one week before sowing seeds to ensure you have raised the temperature sufficiently.
  • Any covers used to warm the soil must be pegged down as another feature of the UK weather this time of year is the wind!
  • You can provide seedlings with some initial protection by covering sowings with fleece to help keep them warm.
  • Old plastic water bottles can also be used to create makeshift individual cloches for seedlings and young individual plants.  They might not look as fancy as posh Victorian glass bell cloches, but a bottomless milk carton will bring on young plants just as well.
  • If making sowings in an unheated greenhouse or shed, you can reuse polystyrene boxes that you often find in packaging.  These make great seedling containers with the insulating properties of the polystyrene..

Pick up a few more tips in the video and best of luck navigating the frosts this Spring.  If you have more tips for protecting seedlings from the cold, do let us know in the comments section below.

How to Make Cold Frames [Video]

November 23rd, 2016 | The flower garden, The vegetable garden | 0 Comments

Cold frames are an essential part of a garden, to start off seedlings and to carry on cropping vegetables well into winter. You could buy them, but a budget friendly method of cold frames is to build them yourself. 

Often constructed from wood, a cold frame is simply a box frame with a clear lid. The clear lid lets in sunlight, then trapping warm air inside whilst protecting the plants.DIY Cold Frames

  • Wooden cold frames are the perfect DIY product.
  • You can use salvaged windows for lid, slanting these towards the midday sun with allow for maximum lights and warmth.
  • Position cold frames onto soil, concrete or slabs.

The items you require to make a cold frame are;

  • Old salvaged windows/windows/clear door
  • Strong hinges
  • Wood that has been cut to correct sizes, according to the old salvaged window. You’ll need to use three boards at the front, then four at the back to give a slope. Seven short boards for the sides, one of these will be cut diagonally to create the slope. Each of these boards will need to be 3/4 of an inch thick.
  • Battens; four corner battens (1 inch thick) that match the height of the front and back of the cold frame. This can be seen in the video below. Four more battens (2 short, 2 long) which will help to vent the cold frame.

Required tools;

  • Wood screws
  • A drill
  • A screwdriver

Once you have gathered all the above items and tools, it’s time to start putting together the cold frame. The video below gives instructions of assembling the cold frames. If you have any further tips on the assembly of cold frames, let us know in the comments. 

If you’d rather purchase cold frames, you can do so here on the Mr Fothergills website.

GrowVeg – How to Make Cold Frames (Step by step)

How to Make A Cold Frame Step-by-Step