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Retaining wall holds the slope, starts seeds.

Retaining wall holds the slope, starts seeds What most gardeners would see as a simple terrace, Dorothy and Chuck Booher saw as a seed-starting bed. Cutting across the center of their sloping, south-facing vegetable garden, the 47-foot retaining wall defines a terraced bed. Framed with a cedar collar, it also serves as a coldframe, which supports three covers of translucent fiberglass panels.

Early in the season, the Boohers start seeds of many vegetables and flowers in the coldframe, covering seedlings with the panels until they're big enough to transplant. The 3-1/2- by 8-foot panels cover successive plantings, with seedlings developing at different stages.

By midspring, the panels are set aside, and flowers and vegetables are sown; they grow here until maturity. Finally, in summer and fall, the Boohers sow cool-season vegetables that can be harvested through winter until late spring. If frost or unusually cold weather threatens these crops, the fiberglass tops go back on.
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