In a cold frame, it’s a little harder, where it’s a lower profile. Margaret Roach: Hi, Niki. The wooden ones I started with were 18 inches tall at the back, 12 inches tall at the front. Margaret: O.K. Niki is the long-time Host and Executive Producer of The Weekend Gardener with Niki Jabbour. She writes a weekly gardening column for the Sunday Daily News in Halifax, and has done so for the past three years. I talk a lot about the little tricks like that as well. I need all of those things in your book. Niki Jabbour is a real year-round vegetable gardener. Dec 9, 2019 - Niki Jabbour on Instagram: “If you’ve followed me for awhile, you probably know that I am obsessed with nasturtiums. I think the common name of that I think is miner’s lettuce. View the profiles of people named Niki Jabbour. It was a very slight south-facing slope and the snow just always melted first there, so that’s where I sunk my cold frames. Because again, my husband’s Lebanese and so many of the vegetables and things I grow are for his family, and figs are a big part of that. It just more moderates the temperature inside your cold frame at night. I’LL BUY A COPY of Niki Jabbour’s “Growing Under Cover” for one lucky reader. Appearances. I would imagine also that the snow melts and drips off–do you know what I mean, it might help with that, like the way that a roof is pitched. Or maybe you’re going to grow peppers in a northern climate and tomatoes in your structure and pruning them or training them to one or two stems—it can be so much more productive for you. Or play the January 4, 2021 show using the player near the top of this transcript. They were just my winter food factories—that’s how I’ve always kind of thought of them. Yeah, for sure. enter to win a copy of ‘growing under cover’ And I’ve seen some where they’re 2 feet tall at the back and 1 foot at the front. Niki Jabbour is an author, blogger, radio host and gardening expert from Halifax, Nova Scotia. A copy of “Growing Under Cover” would be helpful. Niki is author of The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener and a 2012 American Horticultural Society Book Award winner. 17 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Niki Jabbour. And he was saying that the property has all these old cold frames, but they’re no longer in serviceable condition, the glazing, the lids, the glass. And I did sink them down into the soil, and I built them from untreated local hemlock. Niki: Indeed. Feeling hopeful, and not going to be too ambitious at the start! Don’t really harvest early or late. You and I are nature’s best hope, and I’m glad Doug joined me again to help us learn to support it. I have like a little broom and I brush it off when it snows. Eat your greens. Niki: Yeah, for sure. Her main gardens are located next to the ocean in Chester, Nova Scotia and are comprised of hundreds of varieties of unusual perennials, biennials, herbs and vegetables, just to name a few .. I have loads of cold-frame questions for me, too, besides the extra extending of the season in them, and we’ll get there–because “build a cold frame” is actually the Number 1 thing on the top of my 2021 garden to-do list, because I had an ancient one that succumbed finally and fell apart for my early years as a gardener here and I never replaced it. It’s minus-20 Celsius. I used to live in a hot, dry zone 9 and the winter garden was more fruitful than the summer garden. Just say something like “count me in” and I will, but a reply is even better. We have a Canadian fig expert for cold climates, Steven Biggs, and he has inspired me and he also has enabled me, because he keeps sending me cuttings. But this past summer, I left a couple on and I kept them half propped open, and I grew melons in my cold frames in the summer, thinking a little bit of extra heat might help. Gardening outside in the winter sounds like a great thing. Before you just either order a cold frame online, or you decide to go out and grab the materials, start by thinking about it. Niki: You know what? There’s two main parts, of course: the box or the frame, and then the top, which is also called the sash. I used these old…” You don’t have to go and buy anything. And during the day when it’s sunny, they’re going to absorb heat. Enjoyed learning about the cold frame! Niki: I mean, it can be super-simple. Niki: Yeah, it totally should. It’s not just “let’s grow tomatoes in our greenhouse.” Well, how can we get the best crop, reduce diseases and pests, and just harvest a bumper crop of delicious tomatoes? And I’m just jealous. A lot of people are buying cold frames, and they’re made from polycarbonate, the box. Margaret: But for general purposes like you’ve been talking about… What have you been harvesting recently from them? N IKI JABBOUR’S ADVENTURES with oddball, unexpected edibles began when she grew a 5-foot-long snake gourd intended as an element of Halloween decorations. Definitely have them at an angle. All you have to do to enter is answer this question in the comments box at the very bottom of the page: Do you harvest anything from your garden either extra early or extra late, and what tactic do you use? I often buy like 20 or 30 or more straw bales in the fall, and I pile them in my shed and in the back of my polytunnel for winter. There are a lot of reasons to sort of consider yourself an under-cover gardener. Hi, Paul. It’s got these small beautiful leaves that are kind of almost diamond-shaped, but mature so that they’re almost like a waterlily. I’m always on the lookout for new or new-to-me…” You can subscribe to all future editions on Apple Podcasts (iTunes) or Spotify or Stitcher (and browse my archive of podcasts here). It’s still this sense of the old architecture of a classical estate garden and with these wonderful, ferny asparagus coming out of it. And in the book, I talk about how to use those. And I will use insulating materials, like if I have a carrot cold frame. Mar 22, 2019 - 4,475 Likes, 82 Comments - Niki Jabbour (@nikijabbour) on Instagram: “I talk a lot about my raised beds, but I also grow veggies and herbs in containers. Margaret: I think for some of the uses that you were… So we were talking about dimensions earlier and I’m just going to backtrack for a second. For the most part, I like to grow compact crops, so ‘Vates’ blue curled Scotch kale is so delicious and it’s so beautiful. When you pick a bush variety with short vines and pair it with a…” But I use them in so many different ways to not only protect my food from pests and cold weather, but to even grow healthier plants and in the end have a larger harvest, because those plants have been protected and they’re able to produce better. But for the most part, I will use some heat sinks in mine. If you want to tuck away stuff that’s 2 feet tall or 3 feet tall. What can I do? Basically you do want to have an angle in your cold frame, because it’s going to capture more solar energy. Do you cover them? A NEIGHBOR with a new cold frame emailed me the other day, seeing colder weather finally in the forecast and wanting to know how to extend his season even longer inside the unit. Some people paint the interiors of their cold frames white to reflect extra light. Known for her expertise in cold-weather gardening, she grows dozens of vegetable varieties in her 2,000-square-foot garden that she's able to harvest year round. cold-frame 101, with niki jabbour. I’m going to have to steal that from you, Margaret, and start using that one. Margaret: Well, Niki Jabbour, the new book is “Growing Under Cover.” I am so appreciative of this cold frame 101. In the introduction, I also said I was asking questions, ahem, for a friend. And you can paint that black, or your milk jugs black, and fill them with water and put them inside. I think they deserve a place in every garden, even my garden, which is a big garden. How inspiring you two are! She's also an award-winning radio host, in-demand speaker and keynote, and passionate vegetable gardener. For the record I’m the worst at geography. And then almost accidentally she learned from her Lebanese mother-in-law that young fruits off the vine were also delectable vegetables. They encircle the stem with a tiny little flower as well towards the end of winter, but they have that fresh taste of spring greens, which I think why it’s called miner’s lettuce. And my gosh, I got a lot of use out of those three cold frames. Thanks Margaret for your passion, podcast & website – always beneficial. I live in North Carolina. If it’s a light snow, it’ll slip off easier. Thank you. It’s ALWAYS wonderful spending time with today’s guest – as our resident EAST COAST EXPERT when it comes to all things gardening – Nova Scotia’s Niki Jabbour has graciously shared her infinite wisdom with SEA AND BE SCENE over the years. Heavily mulching hardy crops so they can continue to produce is an interesting idea. Yay! If you’re into alpine plants or different things like that, you can use them to shelter those over winter, too. Because, of course, we get rain and then overnight it’s going to freeze. My last harvest is red raspberries, sometimes as late as November. I feel fortunate to be part of Niki Jabbour’s Veggie Garden Remix: 224 New Plants to Shake Up Your Garden and Add Variety, Flavor, and Fun book launch. Cloche means ‘bell’ in French and they’re often bell-shaped glass or plastic covers that you can pop over your veggies. Lots of applications. Margaret: What does it taste like? That’s the main, I think, way most of us are going to use a cold frame. I had a neighbor that always used windows for her cold frames. I just was talking to a friend who is an estate gardener for a big place in… It’s kind of near West Point, New York. Not just a heating system to prevent cold. It’s hilarious. It snowed 4-5 inches…” In 2016, the show won three silver medals for excellence from the Garden Writers Association. Updated daily with the latest episodes. Niki Jabbour brings you 73 novel and inspiring food garden designs that include a cocktail garden featuring all the ingredients for your favorite drinks, a spicy retreat comprising 24 varieties of chile peppers, and a garden that’s devoted to supplying year-round salad greens. Yup! Niki Jabbour is the author of the best-selling, award winning book, The Year Round Vegetable Gardener (American Horticultural Society Book Award), Groundbreaking Food Gardens & Veggie Garden Remix (All published by Storey Publishing). Jul 12, 2020 - 2,310 Likes, 18 Comments - Niki Jabbour (@nikijabbour) on Instagram: “Summer squash in a container? And I’ll talk about that in just a sec. Niki Jabbour's Blog. www.savvygardening.com Instagram: @nikijabbour (Disclosure: includes affiliate links.). Margaret: The sash, the lid, whatever we want to call it, should it be tilted? She’s the award-winning author of books that include “Veggie Garden Remix” and “The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener.” And she’s back today to talk cold frames, one of the tactical approaches in “Growing Under Cover” (affiliate link), a book that helps us not just lengthen the season, but also outsmart pests and increase productivity. Welcome! Happy winter. What other devices you’re really recommending or excited about or whatever? What do we do about that in a cold frame, the venting? So it’s not as important for me to make sure the light is getting into that cold frame for the root crops versus the salad greens, like the spinach or the lettuce or the arugula, where they’re still slowly growing and they still need that solar energy to warm up the interior of the frame during the day. I love mache and mizuna and mustards, all the different colors and textures. Your email address will not be published. And I was therefore…” Her wealth of information and her passion for produce have made her a North American celebrity with a work schedule that won’t quit. I mean, I garden in Nova Scotia, which is deer country as is, of course, much of the U.S. and Canada, and I deal with deer every single day. [Laughter.] I try to do that. There are many uses for cold frames. Affiliate Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Red veined sorrel: Learn how to plant, grow, and harvest red veined sorrel. Definitely trying some of these methods for next winter. Niki Jabbour returns to the show to talk about her new book, "Growing Under Cover: Techniques for a More Productive, Weather-Resistant, Pest-Free Vegetable Garden." This is his first late fall-into-winter with them, and he actually did ask me the question I said, but that is the oldest disguise in the book also. When he came to the property, he used one row to plant asparagus in. What about that? It’s still hot in September when they’re transplanted, in mid- to late September, so I like to give them that little headstart indoors and it helps. Niki: Just say no to scurvy. I was thinking about the movie FARGO and how cold it was… remember, Be sure to follow Niki on instagram @nikijabbour  so you’ll never miss a manure pic again , As for all those Netflix suggestions – The Mindy Project, This Is Us, The Crown, The Good Place, To hear Joel Plaskett’s “Nowhere With You” click here, To hear Joels’ “Through and Through and Through” click here, For information on Joel’s tour with his father click here, For info on Niki’s radio show “The Weekend Gardener” click here, For that article “Six Reasons Not to Clean Up Your Garden This Fall” click here, While you’re here check out these videos and story features on Niki Jabbour… SABS7th Birthday Salute, Great Food Gardening With Niki Jabbour, Seeding 101, Cool People Profile, Home For the Holidays, SABStv’s Spring Special 2016, SABStv’s Spring Special 2015, SABStv’s Spring Special 2014, For more information on Niki Jabbour follow her… Twitter: @NikiJabbour Facebook: @NikiJabbour Instagram: @nikijabbour and visit nikijabbour.com, https://seaandbesceneandheard.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/sabsah-ep14-niki-jabbour-podcast.mp3. It’s ALWAYS wonderful spending time with today’s guest – as our resident EAST COAST EXPERT when it comes to all things gardening – Nova Scotia’s Niki Jabbour has graciously shared her infinite wisdom with SEA AND BE SCENE over the years. Invariably, one would break over the winter and you’d be picking glass out of the soil, which is just not fun. Niki Jabbour is the award-winning author of three gardening books, including The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener, Groundbreaking Food Gardens and Niki Jabbour's Veggie Garden Remix. I place them…” But yeah, for the most part, I do use mine to get a jumpstart, an extra-early one in spring, as well as go later into the fall, and throughout winter we harvest. Niki's gardening blog, SavvyGardening, just won Best Overall Garden Blog and Best Digital Media from the GWA, the Association for Garden Communicators! Aug 6, 2019 - 1,218 Likes, 17 Comments - Niki Jabbour (@nikijabbour) on Instagram: “It took longer this year with the cool spring but the bean tunnels are finally covered and…” Like right now up here in Nova Scotia, it just grazes the horizon, but it’s still enough that my cold frames are warming up in the day. Oh my goodness, what should I do?” A light bulb, he read about somewhere. Last year, I did a test of them and most of them went all winter long with no extra protection other than the cold frame. Niki: There’s lots of options. You can make the frame from lots of things. 3,239 Likes, 40 Comments - Niki Jabbour (@nikijabbour) on Instagram: “Current view inside my polytunnel... please note the snow outside ️. It doesn’t have to be super-steep, but you definitely want to have some angle so you do capture as much light as possible. I think there’s a lot of considerations we often don’t think about when we’re growing under cover, and I wanted to take the guesswork out of that for people for sure. It doesn’t get cold as early as it did, and it’s not as severe and so forth. Niki: It doesn’t seem like just last year, it seems like 10 years ago now, but I was at Mount Vernon just outside Washington last year. by Niki Jabbour email: nikijabbour@hotmail.com Niki Jabbour is an Ornamental Horticulturist and a writer from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Do you know what I mean? 19-01-2020 - 1,060 Likes, 67 Comments - Niki Jabbour (@nikijabbour) on Instagram: “Winter sowing is one of the easiest ways to start seeds for spring planting. And while it’s not as insulating as wood, they certainly have their place. I mean, some people do put heating cables in the soil of their cold frame, usually before they’re planted, of course, because you want that to be sunk down at the soil, but that is something you can totally do. I hope you’re writing a book called that, that we can expect to come out next year. And same with snow. It’s quite a steep angle. If somebody has a bed of carrots or parsnips or beets or other types of hardy crops like leeks, I mean, in late fall, you can dump shredded leaves or straw right on top of that bed and harvest all winter. She easily earned that badge of honor by actually doing it from one of the most unlikely of places, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Niki Jabbour is an author, blogger, radio host and gardening expert from Halifax, Nova Scotia. 2020 has brought a lot of things, including a garden boom. Good luck to all. We all planted in.. I’M A BELIEVER in succession sowings, and regularly spread the message of fall harvests and other vegetable-garden second chances. But I think as you mentioned, siting it is important. They were each 3 by 6 feet, and I had three of them at the time. Your email address will not be published. [Laughter.] Apr 19, 2020 - 176 Likes, 0 Comments - Niki Jabbour (@nikijabbour) on Instagram: “If you know me at all, you’ll know I’m a sucker for a beautiful cold frame! Niki: Three feet by 6 feet and then 18 at the back and 12 of the front. Now, some of my old frames that I had, the wooden ones that I would use, I would often unscrew the hinges and store them in the summertime. Niki Jabbour’s popular book, The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener, sparked a following in the vegetable gardening world.Along with Jabbour’s radio show, The Weekend Gardener—on the airwaves weekly for over a decade–and her new books, Niki’s gardening prowess commands attention. WHEN I TALKED to Doug Tallamy in February around the publication date of his latest book, “Nature’s Best Hope,” I didn’t want to go on and on about the advice in it regarding smart fall cleanup, which is one of the ways I know I’ve dramatically shifted the way I manage my own garden compared to 10 or even five years ago. I mean, if you have a passion for something like you want a fig tree and you’re not in a place… well, you could do that. Margaret: That’s so funny. Follow Niki Jabbour on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Known for her expertise in cold-weather gardening, she grows dozens of vegetable varieties in her 2,000-square-foot garden that she's able to harvest year round. In other words, should the back of the frame where the hinged part of the stash is, should that be higher than the front part, maybe where there’s a fastener or something like that? [Laughter.]. She knows a thing or two about extending the growing season. Great to talk to you again. Especially this last year, I’ve been jealous of my friends who have them and they’re saying, “Oh, I have my seedlings in the cold frame. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Cold-frame 101: Maybe we should start with like what is a cold frame for? (Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.). 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