Four-season locales face a dilemma once winter sets in. How to extend the life of your garden (and keep alive those plants that are still producing in fall)? The answer is easy: build a cold frame.
Cold frames serve as mini greenhouses, allowing light in and trapping heat while providing aeration simply by lifting the top. Here’s how to build your own cold frame and enjoy the fruits of your labor all winter long.
The cold frame can be built directly over prepared soil or a plot you already have growing, or you can enlist in the help of a friend to lift and move the cold frame to the locale where you need it.
Be sure to face the cold frame so that it will receive maximum sun exposure during cold months. Aerate at least once a day and during days when it’s sunny or warmer than usual.
Gardening doesn’t have to end just because cold weather has set in. With your cold frame, you’ll be able to continue growing, extend your gardening season and can even get seedlings started earlier provided you’re planting appropriately for after final frost depending upon the crop. Enjoy!
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