|Cold frames are a great way to get an early
start on gardening in the spring or to extend
the season in the fall, as they protect plants
that will not survive outside. Cold frames
come in a variety of sizes. Most have wood,
metal or plastic sides, while the tops can
be glass, Plexiglas, or plastic sheeting.
They can be permanently installed in your
garden or can break down for easy summer
storage. Some types can be mounted to an
existing wall, garage or shed. More expensive
models have automatic vents that open when
temperatures inside the cold frame become
too warm for the plants. |
The following should be considered
a cold frame:
Remember that the best location
for a cold
frame is a protected sunny site.
- Make sure you buy one large enough for your
needs. Measure the number of flats or trays
you intend to use. If you want to over winter
tender shrubs or force large containers of
bulbs, you will need a taller cold frame.
- Consider the strength of the lids. You will
need sturdier lids if you live in an area
that gets heavy or wet snows.
- If you are often not home during the day,
consider getting an automatic
vent that will
open and close the lids on
- Cold frames with slanted lids provide the
plants inside with more sun.
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