Building A Cold Frame

With just a bit more effort you can build a simple cold frame - essentially a low greenhouse with a translucent hinged top. Placed against a south-facing wall and recessed into the ground it will keep plants dormant but not frozen (unless you live in the colder regions of Canada, for example). Dig a rectangle about 6 -8 inches deep beside the wall. Using scrap lumber or plywood, build a frame with sides the slope down toward the front a 6 inch slope is sufficient. Make sure the front is high...

The History of Bonsai

Gazing upon the stark beauty of a bonsai, images of isolated monasteries on a steep mountainside often come to mind. While no one can say with certainty, it is quite likely that the gentle Chinese monks first began transplanting naturally dwarfed trees into ornamental containers, and that it was they who first began to appreciate the windswept beauty of these trees in their homes and gardens. The Japanese, however, have since been responsible for refining the art of cultivating bonsai trees to...