Build a Cold Frame
Cold frames are excellent for starting new plants early in the season and extending the growing season into early winter. Essentially a modified miniature greenhouse, cold frames may be purchased at garden centers and home improvements stores for a few hundred dollars but are also easily constructed and relatively inexpensive to build. Now is a great time to explore this fun gardening option.
Instructions to Install a Cold Frame
- Choose a sunny, South facing area for the cold frame. Dig a hole to fit the frame. A depth of approximately a foot is needed.
- Place the frame at a slight angle to allow rain water run- off and fill the growing area with aerated and clean rich soil.
- Plant seeds by following the directions on the seed packets. Leaf lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard, baby greens and micro greens all grow fast and well in a cold frames and are great starter plants for novice cold frame gardeners.
- Water and cover the frame. Do not over water.
- Check conditions and progress daily. Once established cold frames need minimal monitoring.