Bountiful Blessings Farm Produce

  (Hinckley, Illinois)
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Cold Frame

Twenty-eight degrees this morning in Illinois. It is supposed to warm up to forty-two this afternoon. Tomorrow it going to rain. I will be working on the cold frame today. I need to get it finished so I have a place to put the seedlings for hardening off. There is never a lull in activity around the Bountiful Blessings Farm. It seems like there is always something to do. And if there is nothing to do for the produce business, I can always cut wood for the wood stove. 

I am considering making two cold frames 48" by 48". This will give me ample space to place for our seedlings.  I wish they were done as time is getting short, but I think I can accomplish the task in one day. I will be using 2 inch material for the sides and then placing cement block around the base of the frame for support and added insulation. My dad suggested putting Styrofoam insulation between the wood and the block. This will make it even better. There will be a poly top on hinges to allow ventilation as a cover. The frames will be places in open sun on a cement platform near one of our buildings. The building will act as a windbreak and the cement will gather solar heat to somewhat stabilize the temperature in the frames at night. I have some heating coils to put in the bottom of the frame should I decide to make one a hot bed. I am not sure a hot bed would give us any gain but the cables are available if needed.

Last night I made a very tasty supper. I made one of my favorites, chicken and biscuits. What a great comfort food! Of course we had fresh frozen vegetables for last years crop to go along with the chicken! It made me yearn for the new season and the fresh vegetables right out of the field. Of to a new day!


The New Hotbed

Today is the first of the week and time to start getting the hotbed built. I have decided to build a nice little hotbed to extend the season. It would be nice to have lettuce, beets, greens, spinach and other cool crop veggies available early this year. So, today I am going to brave the cold (not too bad today) and start building a hotbed. It will be fairly simple.I am going to make a frame from 2x6 material and cover it with 6 mil poly doors. There will be a heating coil placed under the soil to keep the soil temperature around 70 degrees. I am not sure how this will work, but if anyone has tried it, let me know your experiences. Tomorrow it is off to shovel manure. I am getting some cow and chicken manure to supplement the soil here at the farm. I am hoping to build the soil by adding organic material. I hope there is not too much weed seed in the manure! This could make for a messy job later, trying to keep the weeds out and the rows clean.
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