I've been wanting more raised beds in the front yard. I also recently mentioned my desire for a small cold frame. So Paul went through our scrap pile of lumber, dug out the old shower door from underneath a heap of other "future" project materials, got the saw and drill out and made me this handy-dandy little cold frame over the weekend:
Paul was going to hinge the glass door onto the framework, but I asked him not to. I wanted to be able to take it off during the warmer months and not have to worry about propping the glass up (seemed like an accident waiting to happen with a 3-year old around). When the plants no longer need the warmth, I'll just put the glass away until Fall.
Now I had my little raised bed framework and glass top, but I didn't have anything resembling dirt to put into the bed. Since I haven't yet managed to get enough "dirt" from various locations around the homestead, I decided that this would be a perfect opportunity to try my hand at Lasagna Gardening.
I put down about six inches of leaves and liberally watered it; my theory being that instead of using cardboard or newspaper (which I didn't have any of) the wet mat of leaves will smother the sod underneath. Then I put down about 6-8" of wasted hay and watered that down.
In the next few days, I'll haul some old manure from Ms. Melman & Nugget's pasture and put it in there with another topping of wasted hay, then some goat berries, then finish it off with some semi-finished compost. Unfortunately I don't have any green stuff to put in the beds, so I'm wondering if I should add anything in lieu of the "live" stuff.
I won't be planting anything in the "lasagna" layers yet, but will be putting containers filled with soil inside the cold frame and planting in those. As the materials compress, I'll add more layers.
I'm hoping that by fall the lasagna layers will be nice enough to plant some spinach, lettuce and other cool weather leafy veggies in. Then I'll drag out the glass top again and use it as my cold frame.