While on vacation it was time to clean out the garage. I took all our old, unused bikes to Construction Junction and donated them to Free Ride Pittsburgh. It's a great program which recycles bikes and teaches bicycle repair and maintenance. Since my kids are grown, we didn't need the eight bikes they used from age four to about 14.
Construction Junction might be the coolest place on earth, at least it is for me. I can always find something for the garden there. CJ recycles all sorts of building materials from construction projects, demolitions and more. It's located in Point Breeze and I could spend all day in there.
After the bikes found a good home, it was time to spend some time foraging on the floor of the warehouse.
I was actually looking for a window for my tool shed, but couldn't find the right size. That's when I stumbled onto a crate of old streetlight covers.
They are about two feet long, a foot wide and made out of thick, quality glass. Priced at five dollars a piece I bought four.
They are perfect cloches for cool weather greens. A cloche is just a small greenhouse, they have been used for centuries to extend the growing season.
I've got lots of greens and other cool weather crops still in the garden and want to keep harvesting most of the winter. I use all sorts of things to protect them. Sometimes it's an old window supported by bales of straw, a wooden cold frame or a floating row cover laid over flexible wire.
These streetlight covers are perfect to protect several plants and they look cool in the garden.
I wish I would have bought more and might be going back, there were lots of them in the bin.
When things warm up again in March, I'll probably have to give them a little support to let some air in during sunny days so the greens don't bake.
It might be mid-November, but the vegetable garden still has things to offer, and that feels good.