4 Ways To Use A Cold Frame In Your Garden

4 Ways To Use A Cold Frame In Your Garden

A cold frame is a simple structure that utilizes solar energy and insulation to create a microclimate within your garden. Here are some ways to use a cold frame in your garden.

  1. Overwintering dormant plants. If you love to use tender or tropical plants in your garden but don’t know what to do with them come fall, a cold frame provides a simple solution.
  2. Giving seedlings an early start. Whether you are starting seeds in flats or sowing them directly into the soil, a portable cold frame provides the opportunity to get your plants going a few weeks early, and it eliminates the transplanting shock that many plants face because they will be better acclimated from the outset.
  3. Hardening off young seedlings. When plants are moved from a warm, sheltered location—such as a greenhouse or indoors—into the garden, they must be gradually acclimated to fluctuations in temperature, sunlight, moisture, and exposure.
  4. Extending the season past frost. If you dread the coming of the first fall frost, you can extend your growing season with a plastic hoop tunnel. While not a typical cold frame, a hoop tunnel provides the same benefits by insulating the plants inside and keeping frost at bay.

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Source: finegardening