Crops thriving in the Elevated Grow Shelter, our newest cold frame.

Our newest cold frame and elevated rasied bed

When I planted, winter was still in the air — and on the ground.

Back in late April, I planted seeds in a 4′ x 4′ Elevated Grow Shelter. In mid-June, it’s just bursting with life. I love all the different textures and shades of green in such a compact space.

Using seeds shared by co-worker Leslie Ward, I planted many early season crops, including Red Cardinal spinach, Wildfire lettuce mix, red Russian kale, Swiss chard and bok choy. She enthusiastically shared them with me; now I’m sharing the harvests with other employees and the local food shelf.

It’s amazing to me that all of this life/sustenance/nutrition thrives in 16 square feet — and it was planted while there was still snow on the ground.