Extending your garden growing season with cold frames does not have to be expensive. Use recycled materials like wood and old windows. Here are a few examples to get you thinking.
Our very own garden writer, Erica, has a handy husband who made this coldframe for her from some straw bales and some repurposed windows and wood.
Cold frame construction with recycled materials from Instructables.
These instructions for building a cold frame from recycled materials can be used to build various sizes but this one shown might be perfect for a first cold frame.
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Grow All Winter In a Cold Frame Made From Recycled Materials from Door Garden
Great plans, great pictures, lots of details on building cold frames out of recycled materials. Years ago, I had one like this sitting over a slightly dug out hole, bottom covered with composted horse manure, that kept the family supplied all winter with leafy salads.
Old Window Cold Frame from Design Sponge
This recycled window cold frame is perfect for growing seedlings. I like that it is next to the house to keep cold winds off it and I think I’d put it on the ground, and not use legs, for the same reason.
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These cold frames can really make a positive difference in how much food you can produce. The winter garden’s spinach and leaf lettuce production adds much to the winter dinner table – at little cost – and the ability to raise seedlings to plant in the spring garden means food production gets an early start next year!
Have you ever used a cold frame? Built one out of recycled materials? We’d love to learn from you in the comments section below.
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