Extending the season with cold frames

You can extend the seasonality of late fall harvest veggies by setting up cold frames in your garden! A cold frame is a structure that utilizes solar radiation and insulation to take the edge off the cold winter weather, and extends your growing season so you can have fresh, nutritious vegetables all year round.

Cold Frame http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13167/keep-seedlings-warm-outside-with-holiday-lights

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Cold frames are surprisingly easy to build on your own, check out these DIY cold frames:

  1. DIY cold frame built from recycled materials:                                                             Find it at: http://www.instructables.com/id/Cold-frame-construction-with-recycled-materials/                                                                                                                      
  2.  The DIY “Crystal Casket” cold frame is useful if you are growing on a table.              
  3. For those of you who are more handy, try making this more complicated cold frame at http://www.instructables.com/id/Cold-Frame/:                                                                                                                          


There are also pre-made cold frames that you can purchase, if you reserve your handiwork for growing instead of building.

  1. This is a neat all-in-one cold frame that you can buy at Lee Valley Tools for $149.00.                                                               
  2. This cold frame can be bought on Amazon for $169.00 plus shipping. It has a built-in roof prop that makes it versatile for use in the summer as well as the winter months.                                                                                  
  3.  This one is quite a bit cheaper if you’re looking to try out a cold frame, but don’t want to break the bank doing it. It’s only $71.19 plus shipping. Find it at Amazon.  



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