Top 10 Cold Frame Tips for Fall and Winter Veggies Gardening

Soon after the Autumn, the cold winter weather is fast approaching. For those who love gardening, the cold winter can’t stop their planting enthusiasm. If you are looking for a foolproof way to extend your gardening season, cold frame gardening is your best option. Essentially, a cold frame is a mini-greenhouse. You can harvest vegetables that are tolerant to the cold year-round by growing plants in a cold frame. Building a cold frame is easy, such as you can pick up some straw bales and old windows, then you will get an instant cold frame. Take a look belowing cases, you will get help.

Plant your fall and winter veggies garden:

1. Build a Low Tunnel with Rebar, PVC Pipes and Plastic Sheeting to Extend the Gardening Season:

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2. Build the Cold Frame in No Tools, just Using Straw Bales, Old Windows or Plastic:


3. Turn an existing raised garden bed into a cold frame by attaching a lid to to it(in this structure, consider installing a vent to prevent overheating.):

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4. A sloping cold frame array is constructed along the fence of backyard, with movable covers:

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5. Build an underground cold frame for year-round gardening:

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6. Raised Garden Beds Can Be Turn into Hoop Houses just Using PVC Pipes and Plastic Sheeting:

(Screw the pipe straps on the inside or outside of the raised bed to hold pvc pipes.) Check out the tutorial:

7. Cold frame has deep brick walls and old window or plastic sheeting covers:

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8. Transform a 55 Gallon Drum into an Easy and Cheap Cold Frame:

9. Simply using an old window to make an A-Shaped cover, together with garden edging from straw bales or stones to form a super easy cold frame:

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10. The advantage of the teepee cold frame is that it is easy to set up, and it can be built by simply wrapping plastic sheet around branches:

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Here’s some info on building & using season extenders:

Be sure to vent your season extenders on a warm day as you can make the crops think they need to bolt and go to seed.