Amazing Tips and Tricks for Cold Frame Gardening

By | Last Updated On: June 21, 2021 @ 3:20 am

Niki Jabbour from savvygardening said that Cold frame gardening is an easy way to extend the homegrown harvest into late fall and winter. A cold frame is just a box with a clear top. It’s unheated, but captures solar energy and shelters crops from the elements – cold temperatures, wind, ice, and snow. You don’t need a large garden to accommodate a cold frame.

Even a small, urban garden will benefit from this simple structure. In my books, The Year Round Vegetable Gardener and Growing Under Cover, I offer a lot of tips and ideas for gardening with cold frames. Here are a few of my favourites…

To get the most out of your cold frame, you’ll need to pick the right spot. Look for a site that offers full sunshine and shelter from prevailing winds, and face the frame towards the south. You can place it against a house, deck, shed, garage, greenhouse, or allow it to stand free in the garden. My frames are free-standing structures but I do pile straw bales or bags of leaves on the north side for added winter insulation.


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