A cold frame is a solar energy collecting structure with insulation comprised of a transparent slated roof with a box structure for gardening in all climates.
How to Use a Cold Frame
1. Giving Seedlings an Early Start
Portable cold frames are great for giving seedlings an early start in the spring. Your cold frame can allow you to get started growing a few weeks early.
2. Hardening off Young Seedlings
A cold frame is a great place to move plants for future movement to the outdoor garden. Moving plants for warmer temperatures to the garden can damage plants. Gradual acclimation to outdoor temperatures, sunlight, moisture, and exposure is important.
3. Extending the Season Past Frost
With the cold frame being a closed environment with a lid getting a few more weeks outside during frost is no problem.
4. Overwintering Dormant Plants
Maintaining your overwintering plants in a gentle dormancy in the cold frame will encourage growth in spring.
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