By Betsy Matheson Symanietz
Take on this relatively simple DIY cold frame project over the weekend to save money, extend your growing season and become a more self-sufficient gardener.
A cold frame is a simple way to create an area with a stable temperature for giving seedlings a head start in spring and for holding on to the last cold-hardy greens in the fall. You can easily construct your own cold frame, using the pland and instructions found in Weekend DIY Project: How to Build a Cold Frame, and the diagram and charts below.
|A||Side||2||3/4 x 16/28 x 36 inches||Ext. Plywood|
|B||Front||1||3/4 x 16 x 36 inches||Ext. Plywood|
|C||Back||1||3/4 x 28 x 36 inches||Ext. Plywood|
|D||Lid frame||2||3/4 x 4 x 31 inches||Ext. Plywood|
|E||Lid frame||2||3/4 x 4 x 38 inches||Ext. Plywood|
|F||Cover||1||1/8 x 37 x 38 inches||Plexiglass|
(2) 3 x 3 inch butt hinges (ext.)
(2) 4-inch utility handles
(4) Corner L-brackets (3/4 x 2-1/2 inch)
(1) 3/4 inch x 4 x 8 foot plywood (ext.)
1/8 x 37 x 38 inch plexiglass
Exterior wood glue
2 inch deck screws
No. 8 x 3/4 inch wood screws
Straightedge cutting guide
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