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Post  AtlantaMarie 1/29/2019, 7:51 am

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Post  Scorpio Rising 1/30/2019, 6:51 pm

Yeah, it’s like ridiculously cold here...will get the bed set this weekend and get pics, won’t be filled as all components for MM are frozen solid!  lots o
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Post  ralitaco 3/21/2019, 12:37 am

One of these days I'm going to build cold frames my 2x8 beds. 
That was an interesting video. I didn't realize the importance of being air tight. 

So here is a silly question...what is the difference between a cold frame and a greenhouse? I am asking more about how they work. I have thought about enclosing my TT's top to bottom with plastic or windows and was wondering if that would work. I was also wondering if I could put some shelves or something to start seeds as well as have something planted in the MM.

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Post  OhioGardener 4/4/2020, 1:12 pm

I see a new cold frame in my future. While driving back from getting the mail today, a nearby neighbor had some old windows sitting out by the road for some hoarder to pick up. I stopped to look at them, and they were really good windows, and all double pane. So, I put them in the back of the truck and brought them home for a future project.

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Post  countrynaturals 4/4/2020, 2:05 pm

OhioGardener wrote:I see a new cold frame in my future. While driving back from getting the mail today, a nearby neighbor had some old windows sitting out by the road for some hoarder to pick up. I stopped to look at them, and they were really good windows, and all double pane. So, I put them in the back of the truck and brought them home for a future project.

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Post  Scorpio Rising 4/4/2020, 2:20 pm

Nice!  I love mine!
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Post  ralitaco 4/4/2020, 2:32 pm

That is great. Please post your doings so I can copy!
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Post  OhioGardener 4/4/2020, 3:09 pm

ralitaco wrote:That is great. Please post your doings so I can copy!

It will be sometime this fall before I get around to it, but these are plans I will follow except that mine will have two windows side by side to provide a longer bed. The important thing that I learned from earlier experiments is that the back of the cold frame (the north side) needs to be at least 6" higher than the front (the south side).

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Post  ralitaco 4/4/2020, 6:19 pm

Thanks OG. I will check them out

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Post  sanderson 4/7/2020, 1:00 am

OhioGardener wrote:I see a new cold frame in my future. While driving back from getting the mail today, a nearby neighbor had some old windows sitting out by the road for some hoarder to pick up. I stopped to look at them, and they were really good windows, and all double pane. So, I put them in the back of the truck and brought them home for a future project.]
Good thing you grabbed the windows before some other hoarder grabbed them.

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Post  ralitaco 4/7/2020, 7:51 am

sanderson wrote:
OhioGardener wrote:I see a new cold frame in my future. While driving back from getting the mail today, a nearby neighbor had some old windows sitting out by the road for some hoarder to pick up. I stopped to look at them, and they were really good windows, and all double pane. So, I put them in the back of the truck and brought them home for a future project.]
Good thing you grabbed the windows before some other hoarder grabbed them.
lol! funny post lol!
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Post  OhioGardener 4/7/2020, 8:26 am

ralitaco wrote:
sanderson wrote:
OhioGardener wrote:I see a new cold frame in my future. While driving back from getting the mail today, a nearby neighbor had some old windows sitting out by the road for some hoarder to pick up. I stopped to look at them, and they were really good windows, and all double pane. So, I put them in the back of the truck and brought them home for a future project.]
Good thing you grabbed the windows before some other hoarder grabbed them.
lol! funny post lol!

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Post  sanderson 4/7/2020, 4:40 pm

ralitaco wrote:One of these days I'm going to build cold frames my 2x8 beds. 
After I logged off last night, I thought of something.  You can make 1/2" PVC frames like mine and set on your beds.  Cover with 4 mil plastic held in place with 4 Large binder clips and the edges closed with Medium binder clips.  While I do have 1" "cup holders", you can use 4 pieces of rebar to slip the legs over, half in the MM and half up the insides of the 4 legs.  Mine are not glued because I change them out depending on the crop.  The only thing I do is use is string along the gable peak as a tension wire.  Because the rebar/cup holders go down to the bottom, the frames are very secure and sturdy. Note: The purple lines are demonstrating how to measure for bridal tulle, so ignore them.
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Post  ralitaco 4/7/2020, 10:06 pm

Thanks for sharing Sanderson
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