How to Build a Cold Frame and Hotbed

Learn how to build a hotbed for your winter gardening needs.



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Hotbeds are a great way to ease plants into the garden and can be used during those harsh.
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An easy-to-use table on the maturity dates and depths needed to plant certain seeds.
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The cold frame should have 4 inches of rich, fertile topsoil which has been screened and mixed with sand and humus, Prior to starting plants in the spring, the soil should be turned lightly and receive an application of organic fertilizer.
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A cold frame is also useful for hardening off seedlings prior so planting them outside.This step can be started about one %week before transplanting time, placing the plants in the cold frame for a longer time each successive day.
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Water the cold frame daily after planting, using a fine can sprinkler and tepid water. One gallon sprinkling can to a 6-ft. section is generally adequate, and beds can be opened to a warm, light rain for added moisture when necessary.
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