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Warm Weather, Cold Frame

It was a beautiful weekend, and I was glad to spend some time away from the computer.

Quite some time ago, Anne gave me a clipping from Horticulture magazine. The article, by Roger Swain (Horticulture editor and host of “The Victory Garden”), described the construction of a simple cold frame (the “poor man's greenhouse”) using discarded storm windows. Anne found four nice wooden-frame storm windows and so placed an order for four cold frames to match.

It took way longer than it should have, but I finally finished the first one this weekend. I made a number of mistakes along the way, all of which I was able to recover from, but Anne caught the worst one of all before it became a catastrophe. I had mis-measured one of the critical dimensions, and the storm window would never have fit the box. My mistake was quite embarrassing, considering this was a pretty simple project, but what the heck. I may have a lot of tools, but thank goodness she has a brain.


Homemade cold frame

Cold frame Number One. All it needs now is some paint.

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