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    • L Willi

      This Old House Tutorial- how to make a cold frame. Trip to Habitat for old windows?

    • Beth Eckert

      great idea using old windows for a mini greenhouse cold frame.

    • Lindsay Quinn

      mini green houses! What a great idea! (This Old House)

    • Tiffani Maccarone Erdman

      Cold frame. Great garden idea

    • Heather A

      How to Build a Cold Frame | Step-by-Step | Outdoor Structures | Landscaping | This Old House - Introduction

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