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DIY Cold Frame

Just planted some lettuce and spinach and hope to extend its production as late as possible.  Hate to spend money, so found this old kitchen cupboard and a storm glass that is close in size and put them together.  We have lots of cupboards and windows, but i did have to buy the t-hinges.  Tons of hinges around our place, but no t-hinges.  It’s likely that future cold frames, i’ll use the hardware from the door of the cupboard, but the door on this one was missing already.

 

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Cupboard found – missing door.
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Old aluminum framed storm glass – nasty things, but perfect for this project.
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Cleaned up and painted with paint we already have.  I used an outdoor rated spray paint simply because it needed using before it became useless and won’t spray out.  Dark colour is great for absorbing heat.  Before painting, i removed all extraneous hardware.

 

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Cheap hinges from Orscheln’s
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As you can see the top hole of this hinge doesn’t reach the side board, so using a Sharpie marker, i located a spot that would reach.
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Then using our drill press made an extra hole in each.  However, when i installed the hinges, I found that two screws would be sufficient for the hinged glass ‘door’ would have been fine.
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Box completed – no use doing anything to the inside though i may add some sort of insulation on the bottom.
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Voila!  Ready to go to work.  Too early yet – we are expected to have temps in high 80s for another week!

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Cream of Lettuce Soup (Potage Creme de Laitue)

The latest in my adventures into liquid diet entrees.

Cream of Lettuce Soup

1 small onion, finely chopped

1/4 cup butter from grassfed cows

2 cups finely chopped dark green lettuce

1/4 cup organic white wheat flour

3 cups home made chicken stock

1 cup milk, cream, or half-n-half from grassfed cows

1 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper (optional)

Cook and stir onion in a 3 quart sacepan over low heat until tender.  Stir in finely chopped lettuce.  Cover and cook over low heat until lettuc wilts, about 5 minutes.  Stir in flour, salt and pepper (optional); cook and stir 1 minute.  Add chicken stock, heat to boiling, stirring constantly.  Boil and stir 1 minute.

Remove from heat and whisk in milk, return to stove and heat to just boiling.  Remove from heat and it’s ready.

If you need to strain this one, you could, but if you cook those onions and lettuce to be really soft, you may not need to.