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by Jim Keller on January 04, 2006 02:44 AM
Just joined! What a beautiful site! Live in Sedona, Az. Occassional nights are just below freezing. Is there anything I can safely grow outdoors now? (vege-wise) I'm at about 4500 feet altitude...not much wind. Not sure of my zone...maybe 10. Thanks...Jim

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by tkhooper on January 04, 2006 05:05 AM
Hi Jim welcome to the forum. I'm glad you found us.

Here is a list of some cold hardy veggies for your garden:

kale, spinach, collards, broccoli, cauliflower, beets, Brussels Sprouts, kohlrabi, turnips, cabbages, carrots, oriental greens, rutabagas, leeks, and winter lettuces

Now you will have to protect the plants from frost but cold frames and other devices are out there that you can buy/make that will do the trick.

Good luck with your garden.

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by Wizzard on January 05, 2006 02:28 AM
i agree with tkhooper. and with cold frames and whatnot you could prolly grow almost any veggie.

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by Amigatec on January 05, 2006 10:22 AM
Here is the Hotbox I am planning on building.

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This could also be used as a cold frame.

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by comfrey on January 06, 2006 09:07 AM
Hey Amigatec when you get yours built you can cover over here to Arkansas and build me a couple of hotbox/cold frames. [thumb] [thumb]

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by Amigatec on January 07, 2006 06:25 AM
The 32" by 80" opening will fit a standard storm door.

I have 2 left over from a house I tore down.

This is a scale drawing I made, it requires 2 sheets of plywood. In the bottom I plan to use sand and a water bed heater.

I plan to start on it Saturday.

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by comfrey on January 07, 2006 02:09 PM
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Originally posted by Amigatec:
The 32" by 80" opening will fit a standard storm door.In the bottom I plan to use sand and a water bed heater.
I have an old storm door laying out behind the shed, and I saved a water bed heater, knowing it would come in handy for something...And there is all kinds of scrap wood around....Now to sneak into hubby's shed and find some nails and screws...The door has hinges already on it....Be sure to post some pictures of your when finished Amigatec. Thanks for the great idea and plans!!! [thumb] [thumb]

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by tkhooper on January 07, 2006 05:09 PM
WTG you two. I would like to see pictures of your coldframes when you get done and all your lovely seedlings when they come up too.

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by Amigatec on January 08, 2006 05:32 AM
I don't have it finished yet but here it is.

I still have to add some bracing to it.

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by tkhooper on January 08, 2006 06:16 AM
That's really nice work Jim. It seems strange to me to see a flat yard. I've been working with a slope last year and this and think the whole world is tilted now lol. I can't wait to hear about everything you plant and how it does.

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by Amigatec on January 08, 2006 06:57 AM
I am eagerly waiting to try it out!!

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In the Land of Redmond where the shadows lie.
by comfrey on January 08, 2006 01:41 PM
Amigatec that is really nice looking!!!!

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by hisgal2 on January 08, 2006 03:10 PM
Jim, when is your last frost??? You may be able to plant seeds and cover them with some sort of mulch or hay to keep them warm and safe......depending on what your day time temps are.

I'm thinking about cleaning out my cold frame and starting some tomato plants and herbs.....what you you all think?? I'm in PA about a hour northwest of Philadelphia....that's about 50 miles away for you southern-ers.

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