We plan to use some old windows we found at Habitat for Humanity to make cold frames for our seedlings this winter. My sister gave us the idea and I think it is a great way to re-purpose old windows! How to make a cold frame using an old window.
Our yard is small (and the space is shared with 2 large dogs and a 3 year old and his many important projects), so we maximize the space using metal water troughs and various pots and containers. We have a worm bin (a great place to get rid of shredded paper and kitchen scraps and endless entertainment for our son) and compost bin that provide compost and compost tea throughout the year. We installed rainwater barrels and drip irrigation last year, so you might think about installing that as well in the winter or spring to help during the hot, dry summer months.
Here is what is popping up and fizzling out in our garden.
On its way out...purple basil, lettuce leaf basil, jalepeños, Santa Fe peppers, Joe's Round peppers, Italian frying peppers, chives, oregano, cucumbers, butternut squash, bell peppers, Thai basil, sweet basil, Hinkelhatz pepeprs, Meyer lemons, tomatoes and eggplant
Putting on new leaves for spring...Arbequina olive tree, dwarf peach tree, Meyer lemon trees, orange tree, blackberries, Texas Everbearing Fig tree and strawberries
New for winter...cauliflower, collard greens, carrots, parsnips, arugula, lettuces, rosemary, mint, sorrel, bay leaves, French thyme, winter savory, brussel sprouts, fennel, broccoli, artichoke, radishes, swiss chard and mizuna greens