Growing salad in a cold frame

by Jane Moore

To say that I'm delighted with my new cold frame would be the understatement of 2008.

Plants in a cold frameTo say that I'm delighted with my new cold frame would be the understatement of 2008. You might recall that Paul made it one afternoon last summer from some old windows and a few banister spindles from our old staircase.

Okay, it's not that new, but it still seems so to me as I haven't grown many crops in it. Last summer all I had time for was a few chillies and some pak choi - both of which were fab.

Then I took a chance in the autumn with some salad leaves and parsley, in the hope that they'd overwinter okay and provide some early salad. My gamble has well and truly paid off - we've been eating lovely mustard ('Giant Red' and 'Red Streaks') and fresh flat-leaf parsley for a few weeks now.

I've been using the cold frame crops along with some overwintered wild rocket to supplement the odd lacklustre shop-bought lettuce (I know I shouldn't but I am getting bored of winter crops now) and it's really livened things up a treat.

I'm also using my salad stuff in my sandwiches for work too - it really must be spring as I'm now off the soup!

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Gardeners' World Web User 06/04/2008 at 19:15

how often do you need to water the salad items in a cold frame?

Gardeners' World Web User 18/04/2008 at 21:45

Interested in making a cold frame - are there any plans available anywhere?

Gardeners' World Web User 01/06/2008 at 10:17

Made coldframe from instructions in gworld end 2006 bit of trouble getting perspex for top but now works well

Gardeners' World Web User 08/06/2008 at 22:20

Got coldframe from our local free cycle, had to get a couple of pieces of glass cut but it has been brill for starting our babies off (seedlings), easy to make from any bits of wood and perspex or glass, old windows.

Gardeners' World Web User 28/11/2011 at 18:31

I wish with all my heart that I could grow salad in my cold frame, BUT here in NEW BYTH we can't even think of using the cold frame until the end of April earliest. By the way New Byth is 6 miles outside of TURRIFF, but the weather is nothing like TURRIFFS.