If you don’t have a cold frame, making one would be a great weekend project for any gardener. During winter, the cold frame will offer protection to less hardy plants and newly started perennials. It’s also an ideal place to overwinter some plants or grow a small patch of lettuce or other cool-season crop. It simplifies the storage of bulbs and plants, too, for midwinter forcing indoors. COLD FRAMES like this one can be built in a weekend. This bottomless box acts like a miniature greenhouse, protecting young or tender plants from temperature extremes. P. Sumner, UGA CAES A cold frame is simply a bottomless box with a clear glazing or covering to let in light. Some gardeners make cold frames lightweight so they can move them from one section of the garden to another. You can build frames from a number of materials. Wood and cinder blocks are the most common. Never use creosote-treated wood or wood treated with pentachlorophenol or any other material that could be harmful to you or to growing plants. Wood frames aren’t hard to build. You can buy an easy-to-assemble kit. Some kits even contain automatic ventilation equipment. Ventilation is most critical in the fall and again in late winter and early spring on clear, sunny days above 45 degrees. Partially raise the sash then to keep it from getting too hot inside the cold frame. As the fall progresses, you may have to add extra insulation to the cold frame to reduce extreme drops in temperature. Straw, bags of leaves or foam insulation boards all help control the temperature in the cold frame. Or just stack bales of straw or hay against the frame. Some people like to experiment by using containers of water to absorb solar heat during the day and release it slowly at night. They make the cold frames larger to include the water containers. While this may be useful in managing temperatures, remember that it won’t help protect tender plants, which will need to be moved indoors if they are not cold-hardy. Sinking the frame into the ground somewhat will provide protection, too. It will use the earth for insulation. To make using the frame simpler, provide a walkway to the front, leave enough space behind the frame to remove the sash, and add weights to make raising and lowering glass sashes easier. Unheated frames are useful for much of the year because they collect heat from the sun through the panes. To make the most of the heat and light, put the cold frame in a southern or southeastern exposure with a slight slope for good drainage. A sheltered spot with a wall or hedge to the north will protect against winter winds.
The tour ends in Williams Lake on Sept 15. This year’s Cops For Cancer Jail ‘N’ Bail in Fort St. John raised just under $34,000 for cancer research.That, in addition to other fundraising, brings this year’s total amount raised so far to around $42,000, matching last year’s amount.- Advertisement -The Jail ‘N’ Bail occured Tuesday, Sept 6, with RCMP officers placing residents into a mock jail in the Totem Mall until they could fundraise enough to make bail.The money is going towards the Cops For Cancer Tour de North, which kicks off in Fort St. John Friday.The event begins with a pancake breakfast at 8:30 a.m. at Canadian Tire.Four local RCMP officers are taking part: Constables Shawn Ingham, Josh Smith and Josh Martyn as well as Inspector Pat Egan.Advertisement
West Ham striker Mauro Zarate 1 West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed striker Mauro Zarate is on the brink of joining London rivals Queens Park Rangers on a loan deal until the end of the season.The 27-year-old, who hit out at his lack of opportunities at Upton Park, will undergo a medical at Loftus Road on Tuesday and would bolster Harry Redknapp’s attacking options.According to reports, the Argentine forward has fallen out with Allardyce, claiming the former Bolton Wanderers boss has been refusing to play him because he was signed by chairman David Sullivan.“I respect the other strikers at the club who have done a good job,” Zarate said.“But I believe my record entitles me to respect and I have not had that from the manager. The chairman has confidence in me. I know this because he brought me to the club.“But for this reason the manager has refused to play me. He did not want me. I made it clear many weeks ago that I wanted to leave.”Ahead of his team’s home clash with West Bromwich Albion, Allardyce revealed Zarate is set to leave the club: “Yes I would [expect him to leave on loan].”Zarate penned a three-year deal with the Hammers from Velez Sarsfield in June and has scored twice in eight appearances this term, including a memorable volley on his debut for the club against Crystal Palace.