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Is there anyone who knows of a Cold Frames Intructable? Answered

just looking for various designs and ideas to come up with some for a perma-culture installation i'm in the process of creating. Need something as a starting nursery


Hmm cold frame hot bed ??? I have been using them for years ..and i build my hot bed ..then place the cold frame on top for starting seedlings early so would this be a hot cold frame. in times past they built there hot beds next to the green house to warm them up in winter (Victorian times) one day when i have the space and time i want to try this ... now where do i get the horse droppings from ???

It looks like Americans don't use the term 'cold frame'. If you search for 'greenhouse you'll find ones in all sizes, including cold frames.'

cold frame???is thayt sumpin y'all use in Angle-land to diss-play a ice scuplture er sumpin? we use "cold-frame" too... Here in the "hinterlands" (smiles), A green house stands tall, and cold-frames are low walled boxes for starting seedlings, growing lettuce, and conditioning indoor grown seedlings prior to planting. In less harsh climates than Northern Ohio, they can probably be used year round, but our winters are usually prohibitive. In fact, many people who do use them here install heating tape to the base to prevent early spring cold snaps from destroying their plantings... Aside from here at instructables, Mother Earth News is where I'd start for the best designs in the US. Cold frames are so normal I wouldn't think there would be a need, but it's a good idea-er, iffn it ain't alredy bin dun. ;) (several garages in my neighborhood have the remains of old built-in, concrete walled cold frames from around or before WWII...they were already ruins (no plantings, no wood or windows left when I was a child in the mid/late 1960s so I presume they are from before 1940s.

OK, I should have been more specific. Please replace with . . . "It appears from a cursory search of Instructables that the term 'cold frame' is not widely used amongst those who have posted designs for small outdoor plant propogating structures." I was inferring the general from the particular (with possibly unjustified inferences within that) and I apologise humbly to any denisens of the United States of America whom I may have inadvertantly maligned, offended or belittled. (;¬) But do you have hot beds over there??

No offense taken here, either - "two great countries ,separated only by a common language" and all that. (I myself am still wondering if you guys really mean "template," or what, when you say "net.") (And I'm never going to find my way out of the great "knickers" vs. "pants" vs. "trousers" tangle.) I am similarly stymied by the number of cold frames (not to mention cloches) on this site that are called "greenhouses" - but then, this is "Instructables," rather than "Alreadry-Know-It-All-ables." :) As to your question - we have plenty of metaphorical Hot Beds of Inequity, Conspiracy, and so forth. Also, as an engineering grad student, I used to gleefuly join in the general snickering at the seminar schedule listings whenever the Chemical Engineers had one on "Heat Transfer in Packed Beds." (Admittedly, the saliciously snicker-worthy is pretty much where one finds it in engineering graduate schools, but we all thought "Unstable Exothermic Reactions in Packed Beds" was pretty darned good).

Lol, no offense taken...I was just being silly.

As to your question...for a tongue in cheek answer, see my post on how to wake up really early

Seriously though, I personally don't use them, although I've read about them re: gardening and grew up with large compost piles that we'd sit in on the late fall/early winter as kids to keep warm (kids are whack), I'm aware of the "power" of a composting environment.

personal note: although I haven't taken to wallowing in the compost recently, my own compost pile is used to gather all the leaves from my two 100foot nut trees and smaller trees each year...pile sits about 5 feet tall, 15 feet long, and 8 feet wide...by spring it's about 12 inches of worm casings, so I'd bet it gets toasty warm...

In fact, that's one of the less important projects I have yet to build for "this old house"...some day but there are more pressing projects (like finishing my tuck pointing in the basement, rerouting the perennial trickling stream that flows from the bedrock wall that forms the lower ~foot of the eastern foundation wall, and getting a floor poured...smells like a crypt down there and my table saw is slowly turning to rust. Although I suppose I could take up indoor mushroom farming..

Soud like a great place for a compost heap - a nice toasty warm basement could even save you on your winter heating bills ;) (....and the mushrooms'd probably grow all on their own.)

Hmm... American gardeners, at least the kind who write books and run plant nurseries, do use the term "cold frame" (as well as "cloche"). But American Instructables Users seem to use the word "greenhouse" for greenhouses, cold frames and cloches alike. So, yes, search "greenhouse" to turn up a wealth of cold frames. :) (Searching for "cloche" get you two hats and a garden demi-cloche; searching for "cold frame" gets you a fascinating array of stuff, including a cold frame here and there.)

That search is probably just what the question needs. L