DIY Cold Frame from Storm Windows
You can make a DIY cold frame by stacking bricks against the south-facing wall of your home and covering the new garden bed with glass. I purposefully sized the walls to fit three scavenged storm windows, which I laid horizontally across the top of the bricks. I prop up the glass with a stick as the weather warms. My DIY cold frame was free, it doesn’t waste garden space, and it provides extra-early harvests!
Ginger Li, Homewood, Illinois
I’ve designed a tomato cage that won’t fall over, allows plenty of air circulation, and comes apart for easy storage and transportation. The total cost is about $80 per cage, but keep in mind that each cage will last for years and will support three or four tomato plants.
• 3 pieces of concrete remesh, 42 by 84 inches, $7 each
• 6 metal fence U-posts, 6 feet tall (with holes and clips), $7 each
• 18 nylon heavy-duty cable ties (3 per post), about $15 for two 15-packs
First, drive the posts into the ground in two parallel lines of three posts each. There should be 42 inches of space on either side of each row’s middle post, and 42 inches of space between each row. Use the cable ties to attach the concrete remesh horizontally to the inside of the posts to form three remesh “shelves.” Leave about 18 to 24 inches of height between each remesh shelf. After assembling the tomato cage, plant three or four tomato seedlings underneath the lowest tier of remesh. As the seedlings grow, each remesh shelf will lend support.
Susan Hadden, Califon, New Jersey
The Olla method: burying non-glazed ceramic pots into the ground in between plants. Fill them with water and they will release the water gradually by seeping through their walls into the root zone of the plants. This method has very little evaporation!
You can either buy ollas from here or you can make them yourself in gluing together two clay planting pots with silicone.
The « same » principle is used by Logissol: they fabricate easy fill covers for used yoghurt pots that will bring the water to the root systems of the plants. You can buy them in our shop here.