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Old 11-28-2008, 11:30 AM   #1
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I've long wanted to add some cold frames to play and experiment with. Thoughts being of trying lettuce in them for starts. Checked prices and wasn't interested in buying one ready made. I found one online somewhere that looked simple enough that I think I could even make it. The photo of the nice cold frame I found isn't mine and I long ago forgot where I found it to save in my "idea folder" but this person's simple cold frame using a window pane that was probably destined for a landfill caught my eye as being functional.

If anyone has a simple coldframe, I'd be interested in seeing what you are using.
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Old 12-03-2008, 01:50 PM   #2
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I use 3 strawbales and a piece of plexiglass with a stick for a prop......no pictures so far this year. But when we get it together I'll send you one. Not pretty, but very functional, cheap to make and expandable.....
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Old 12-03-2008, 04:49 PM   #3
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I'd like to see those photos. Please do post them when you get a chance. They sell straw bales down the road real cheap.
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Old 12-03-2008, 11:20 PM   #4
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Yes, please do post some photo's. Sounds nice and easy, and no big wood boxes to store during the winter.
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Old 12-04-2008, 09:28 AM   #5
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Well, they work very well here. I'm in zone 7b, so I don't have to deal with super bitter cold, but the straw makes a great insulator and is easy to use. Once I'm done with the cold frame, the straw gets used for mulch, compost and covering my taters, since I grow those on the ground.
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Old 12-04-2008, 07:05 PM   #6
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I am inspired. I have greenhouses but the wiring was messed up. A greenhouse without electricity is not much of a greenhouse.

A cold frame is just what I need! Hurray! I will build one this week-end!
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