I went to a class this morning at a fantastic nursery in North Portland called Livingscape. They have classes on a wide variety of topics that focus on culinary and gardening skills. Today’s topic was about starting your own seeds. I’ve tried growing my own seeds a number of times but my plants always turned out lanky, droopy and all around sad. Today I learned why. The secret to He-Man seed starts? You need to hang your grow lights no more than a quarter of an inch above the plant! Who knew?
Sitting in class I started daydreaming (you know you did too in class!) of a green house or cold frame for my seedlings to go to once they’re strong enough for the outdoors. My garden magazines make it sound easy to build and we have all the materials at Aurora Mills Architectural Salvage. In an earlier post, I mentioned how doors are on sale this month plus we have a number of $5.00 windows that would be perfect for a green house or cold frame. We also have a large lumber yard that specializes in reclaimed timbers, beams and barn wood.
Below I have listed a number of resources for inspiration. The cold frame ideas are from Better Homes and Garden and Fine Gardening. The Fine Gardening link is to a slide show that gives step by step instructions but theirs uses new materials. This is a good source of information since there is no reason you can’t use salvaged materials instead if you wanted to.
At some point I just have to stop… There are incredible green house and cold frame ideas out there. I hope this inspires you to get out in the garden this year!
Livingscape is located off N. Vancouver Avenue in Portland, Oregon. They have a wonderful and knowledgeable staff!
3926 N. Vancouver Avenue (b/w Shaver and Fremont)