Cold frame first build

Not long ago I completed the first of many cold frames I plan to build. It is a small test frame, built to simply prove that I can. I think it came out pretty nicely.

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The construction is very simple. I used 2×2 lumber for the corner posts. The siding is simple 1×3 pine. The cover comes from some plexiglass picture frames that I stumbled upon for free. The only pieces missing are a thermometer and lid lifter, which I do not think I will install on this one since it is so small.
The dimensions of this one are 16×20. But it proves the theory,and it allowed me to figure out the needed scale. The goal of building these is to apply a version of them to some of my existing beds, extending the growing season. Once the season is extended the yield should go up as well.

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The few small plants that can be seen inside are projects for the kids. A couple of beans and a squash. They will not make it to fruit but it will be fun to have the kids learn how to take care of them.

So far it has been a smashing success. The frame is five days old and has sprouted the squash already.

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