Mom and Dad were constantly comparing themselves to this mysterious couple, Ma and Pa Kettle. Over the years, by numerous example and reference, we kids got an idea of who they were and how they lived. If Mom would build a duck pen out of salvaged, fence panels that she wired together strung up on re-purposed, kitchen doors, we understood that to be a Ma and Pa Kettle construction. If Dad built a water tower from a horse tank and salvaged telephone poles, that was Ma and Pa Kettle.
Proudly, I built my own Ma and Pa Kettle cold frame yesterday! Morning picture below!
The garden fabric deserves special mention because this is on its third life. It began as purchased material, dense and textured, that served as a mulch beside a row of tomato plants. After a season, it had some weak places, some holes from cages, etc, so I doubled it over lengthwise to serve again. It has crumbled down to nearly shreds, but folding it over yet again, I got enough to cover two sides. The third side, the cardboard box, is from my hoard, which grew to epic proportions from the remodel. I NEVER throw away a box! They are much, much too useful.
The growing bed under the window is a little lower than the surrounding area, and I shaped a bit of a slope on the sides to funnel rainwater. The sides are open because if I closed them, I would literally COOK anything under the glass, especially with those black blocks as the back wall. During extended periods of cold weather, I can close off the sides, naturally, but I don't anticipate much need for it. In fact, I chose to plant spinach here for just that reason. In our climate, the cold is seldom severe enough (especially under that glass panel) to outright kill spinach.
Nothing is attached with wires, screws, nails or hairpins. I can easily disassemble it and adjust as needed in response to the weather, although I don't anticipate much fuss. I tossed in the seeds, stirred them around and watered. Now, I'll just wait and watch.