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Cold Frames #826654
03/11/04 01:40 AM
03/11/04 01:40 AM
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Anybody have any suggestions on how to go about building one, and what kind of plastic material to use on the lid?

Thanks!

Edit: I would also like to ask where the best location for a cold frame would be. In a spot where it gets the sun all day or only half the day? Thanks!


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Re: Cold Frames #826655
03/11/04 01:57 AM
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Quote
Originally posted by jgoo:
Anybody have any suggestions on how to go about building one, and what kind of plastic material to use on the lid?

Thanks!
I've seen nice ones made from old aluminum sliding windows. They're generally free from replacement window companies - they just throw them away. Otherwise, I'd opt for polycarbonate; Lexan or similar, because it's strong and doesn't turn yellow.

The ones I saw used just the sliding pane, not the fixed pane, and they're set up to "tilt" and be propped with a stick on warmer days. If we used cold frames here (don't need 'em - it was 95 over the weekend, and 87 today), I'd be tempted to make one that used the whole sliding assembly so you could just slide it open when you wanted to.

The boxes are just wooden boxes - 2x6's seem to be the norm. Ordinarily I'd use pressure treated lumber to make something like that, but I've heard enough horror stories about PT lumber that I'd avoid it if you're going to grow vegetables.

I'm selective about commercial composts and mulches in the veggie part of the garden, too. If the list of components lists "sewage sludge" or similar I avoid it. It's a great fertilizer, but I've worked in enough plating shops to know what ends up at the treatment plant. None of the packages say a word about testing for heavy metals, so I assume they don't.


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Re: Cold Frames #826656
03/11/04 02:18 AM
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Thanks for your quick reply, Steve. I would like to use wood for the construction, though the window thing sounds interesting. (We have aluminum sliding windows in our house. The front windows have been updated but the sides and the back of the house still have the old windows).

Yes, this would be for vegetables. I prefer to grow edible things. I just planted some sweat pea seeds today but have to keep them indoors for now, but I'd like to have a cold frame to put my plants in outside. Right now they're just sitting in the window to soak up the daylight sun.


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Re: Cold Frames #826657
03/11/04 01:10 PM
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jgoo - there are quite a few plans online for simple cold frames, or, like Steve says, you can rig one together with some old throw away windows. Some people place them on bricks (that is, if you are growing your vegetables in pots first) - the bricks warm up during the day and then retain heat overnight (heat, as well as sun is needed for things to grow well).

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Re: Cold Frames #826658
03/11/04 03:23 PM
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Thanks Jodi, for those links.


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Re: Cold Frames #826659
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Not cold frame advice, but one of my favorite
techniques:

http://www.squarefootgardening.com/


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