|Bill's no-cost cold frame|
Bill Mitchell has been picking lettuce and spinach for salads since the third week of March in his two no-cost salad factories, cold frames he made from odds and ends he had on hand.
The names of Bill’s salad greens may be familiar to many gardeners: Black Seeded Simpson lettuce and Bloomsdale Long Standing spinach.
|Bill's Black Seeded Simpson lettuce|
Bill built his two salad machines by recycling materials. “I used untreated scrap 2x6 lumber, which I cut to a size that recycled storm windows would cover the top of the frame, and a dozen nails for each. The soil is basic garden soil plus compost,” Bill said.
His lettuce and spinach are beautiful—and tasty too. Bill shared some that we enjoyed for our evening salad.
For later picking and eating, Bill has more salad greens up and growing in a sunny spot near his cold frames: chard, kale, turnip greens, and more lettuce and spinach.
|Bill repairs heirloom chairs|
Good jobs, Bill—your cold frames and our chair backs too.