Cold frames for fall use. Cold frames are a simple way to extend the growing season. They are basically a box with a covering to let light and heat in during the fall and winter months. It functions as a miniature greenhouse to extend the growing season. The length and width of the box can be adapted to any glass source and garden size, so it might make sense to find your top first and then cut lumber to accommodate the size of the light.
Cold frames are a time-honored way to grow leafy greens over the winter and to start seedlings in the spring in cold climates...this would keep the rabbits and deer from eating it too!
DIY Cold Frame ... Salvaged windows make a practical frame to raise plants in cold winter months. With a little DIY-ingenuity, use reclaimed wood to complete the sides and keep your costs down & keep your garden growing. Learn to make a simple cold frame @ www.bhg.com/... | The Micro Gardener
Straw Bale & Glass Cold Frame - To keep growing in winter weather, consider this low cost clever idea. Insulate your garden with straw or hay bales & cover with glass (in this case old sliding doors) to retain heat. Some ventilation during warmer days would be necessary. Also a pest + animal deterrent. Caution around kids though! | The Micro Gardener
Don't stop gardening just because cold weather hits! Learning how to use a cold frame is a simple and cost-effective way to extend the growing season.