Photo: Matthew Benson | thisoldhouse.com | from How to Build a Cold Frame
Garden Ideas, Coldframe, Old Windows, Cold Frames, Old Houses, Green House, Mini Greenhouse
How to Build a Cold Frame - This Old House - Use rot-resistant planks and a salvaged window to build a protective box that extends the growing season
Extend the growing season with a cold frame you can build yourself using salvaged windows and rot-resistant planks. | Photo: Matthew Benson | thisoldhouse.com
This idea has been around for a long while, but old windows/patio doors make great cold frames!!
greenhouse made from old windows | How to Build a Cold Frame | This Old House
turn salvaged windows into mini greenhouses
Cold frame. Great garden idea
Today's warm and balmy weather only serves to intensify yesterdays dreams of Spring. Knowing how fickle the weather is and remembering the loss of so many seedlings to late-season freezes over the years, I've begun to consider the possibility of building a "Cold Frame". After a little research, I'm leaning toward this design found at "Instructables". It makes use of old, discarded windows and I happen to have some. Then there was this super-sized one posted by the TV show "This Old House". It could even be made using old French doors. But I think my favorite site is this one by "Dummies". The instructions are perfectly detailed and quite elementary. (Besides, I like the little bunnies.) But, if you are not so handy with a hammer or just don't have the urge to build, like I do, there are several sites that offer lots of easy-to-assemble kits like this Mini Green House. If you have even grander visions for getting a jump on the weather, I found an online catalog offering all kinds of kits for cold frames and greenhouses and you can shop by brand or size or type or usage. I might be stuck indoors and not feeling one bit better but I can still enjoy the open windows, the warm breeze and busying myself with lists of things I want to do once Spring shows up for real.