How to Build a Straw Bale Cold Frame

Make a simple DIY straw bale cold frame using old windows, to either harden off your plant starts or to extend your growing season! Today I am going to share with you how I created more room for my plant starts. My growing rack was getting full, and I came up with this simple DIY project, making a straw bale cold frame with old windows we had lying around. Articles you may be interested in: How to Harden Off Your Seedlings Simple Easy Gardening, Use Mulch for No Weeding! Seed Starting 101: Winter Sowing Our gardening and homesteading favorites in our Amazon Store! DIY Straw Bale Cold Frame It’s so simple, it will only take a moment to tell you how we built it. We bought six bales of straw. The straw will be reused later, for mulching in the garden. Don’t use hay if you want to mulch with it. Hay has lots of seeds in it, straw has less. We had 3 windows lying around, that had blown their seals. So six bales of straw was the perfect size for us. Depending on what old windows or glass doors you can get your hands on, you may need to buy more or less. We simply placed 2 bales end to end on the long side, 1 bale on each end, and placed the windows on top. Hardening Off Plants in a Cold Frame We built this cold frame to have additional space for our veggie starts. I needed my growing rack to start peppers and tomatoes, but it was full of celery, asparagus and artichokes. If it is still cool out, this works very well. We had a heat spell this week, where it got in the high 70’s and low 80…

How to Grow Lavender from Seed using the Winter Sowing Method

Learn how to grow lavender from seed easily and simply using the winter sowing method! I have been using the winter sowing method to grow lavender for the last couple of years. It has been really easy to grow a lot of lavender this way. Who doesn’t want to grow more lavender in their garden, right? It’s definitely one of my favorites! In this article I will show you how to grow lavender from seed using the winter sowing method. Other related articles you may be interested in: Seed Starting 101: Winter Sowing My 2018 Winter Sowing Results Are In! How to Organize your Seed Stash Our favorite Gardening and Homesteading items in our Amazon Shop! Collecting Your Own Lavender Seed When the lavender is in full bloom in the summer time, it is really easy to save some of your own seed from plants you may already have. Trim a couple of branches from just below all the blooms. Use a rubber band wrapped tightly around the stems, and hang them up to dry somewhere dry in your house. After they are good and dry, I place them in a ziplock back for storage until seed planting time. Be absolutely certain they are 100% dry, or they will mold. Then throw them in the freezer until you are ready to plant. Winter Sowing Basics If you are not familiar with Winter Sowing, it is the process of using milk jugs, as little greenhouses. Please see my article Seed Sowing 101: Winter Sowing, for more details about how to do it, with a step by step guide. You plant them, and set them outside in January. Super duper easy! Planting the Lavender Seed You can plant any hardy perennials in January when you use the winter…