Ready to get serious about your gardening but don't have space (or money) for a few acres of your own? Consider using cold frames to fake your way to a full-fledged greenhouse for a lot less space.
What are Cold Frames?
Who Uses Cold Frames?
- Start seedlings early.
- Keep cold-weather crops well into winter.
- Protect their garden vegetables and plants from predators and pests.
- Follow environmentally-friendly, sustainable gardening practices.
How to Use a Cold Frame
Like cloches, cold frames are a breeze to use. For the most part, you just have to occasionally adjust the heat inside by either propping the lid open (if it's too warm inside) or insulating it with an old carpet or blanket at night (if it's too cold outside). It's also smart to prop it open a bit to allow air circulation (unless it's cold out and you want to conserve the heat inside). Letting air circulate inside improves plant health and prevents fungal diseases like botrytis.
Types of Cold Frames
- Aluminum cold frames are cheaper, lighter and easier to move around (but they're the least effective at retaining heat).
- Wooden cold frames are easy to make yourself, can add a stylish shabby chic element to your garden (or patio!), and provide perfectly adequate protection.