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Building a Cold Frame with Bales of Straw

Building a Cold Frame from Straw Bales

Arugula in straw bale cold frame

Building a cold frame can help winter vegetables survive cold, frosty nights.  I put together a very makeshift cold frame using straw bales and floating row covers.  I have arugula, swiss chard, beets and lettuce growing this winter.  The straw-bale cold frame is working great.  This week we had a night of 19 degrees and several nights in the 20′s.  I checked everything today and harvested arugula, beets and beet greens.  These beets were not in the cold frame and 0ne beet still had frost on it.  The plants are looking a little wilted but I think they will perk up on the next warmer day.  The white in the arugula picture is the floating row cover, used for protection from freezing which I pulled back to cut some arugula.