Winter Lettuce and Spinach On the Rooftop!

We made a cold frame for our rooftop garden a few weeks ago. A cold frame is like a little greenhouse and it’s used to extend the growing season by keeping in the heat and keeping out the cold, snow and wind. We made ours very inexpensively using window well covers, metal clips and bungie cords. You can watch the video that showed us how to do it here.

We decided to try to grow different kinds of lettuce and spinach to see what varieties would grow best in the cold frame.

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We made labels for each packet of seeds,

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Then we went up to the roof, lifted the cover off and got ready to plant.

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Each set of seeds was gently planted.

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And carefully marked  with a white label.

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When we were done planting we had five varieties of lettuce and three types of spinach ready to grow!

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We put the cold frame back over the bed and bungie corded it down to protect from the wind.

It was a fun activity to do on a cool December day. In a few weeks we’ll see if the heat from the building below along with the cold frame’s protection from the snow and cold help the seeds to sprout.

Posted by Michele, with Peggi, Shoba,  Bill and Tanya

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Up On the Rooftop- November Edition

We’ve been putting things away and getting ready for winter on our rooftop.

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We do miss our summer look. It was beautiful!

It’s sad to see it go but there’s still lots of great things happening in the Bass River Gardens!

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Swiss chard… we’ve made it into soup and stir fry and added it to arrangements.

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It’s fun to bring fresh flowers down for everyone to enjoy.

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These chrysanthemums were brought in by one of our workers from the Gordon Florist job site in June. We planted them up on the roof, then watered and pruned them all summer. Here they are blooming for us again!

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We always have a little bit of lettuce growing somewhere.

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This rose bush is a new addition, and those yellow flowers are broccoli blooms.

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We harvested lots of sunflower seeds. We kept some for the birds this winter…

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and we cooked some to eat. They were roasted after they simmered with salt. They baked so quickly that we burnt them 😦

We’ll try that again next year.

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The fish are back downstairs.

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We saved some of the broom corn seeds for next year.

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We also made this “cold frame” from basement window well covers that we clipped together and tied down with bungee cords. We have cilantro, dill, chamomile and oregano growing under here and we’ll probably add some lettuce too. It’s a fun and easy way to extend our outdoor growing season.

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Our friendly owl keeps an eye on us as we work and enjoy our view.

Thanks for visiting! Hope you enjoyed our update!

Michele and the Bass River Gardeners