Cold Frame Veggies and planting dates?
Anyone else planting veggies? In DC we just had a wonderful weekend and we just finished constructing a nice cold frame with glass windows over one raised bed and a hoop house over the other. These are southwest facing and get tons of sun. Of course, it's January in DC and the coldest days of the winter are ahead of us. We've used cold frames before to keep spinach all winter, but these are more insulated and I don't have any spinach in them now :). I'm thinking I will start some kale, chard and arugula inside and transplant into the cold frame in 2 weeks or so.
What do you think? Ever plant in a cold frame in the winter? I know it can extend the growing season, and that it's too cold out there for the seeds to germinate, but how about take root and grow? Should we get soil warming cables to ensure success?