The classic build-it-yourself cold frame always employs a storm window as its lid. Used storms are easy to find by visiting a salvage yard or just asking around. Given the past few years’ tax incentives for upgrading to energy-efficient windows, you’re likely not far removed from someone who has recently replaced their windows.
If you find yourself looking for windows at a salvage yard, keep your eyes peeled for other architectural castoffs that may find new life in your garden. Furniture, too, can be rehabbed for garden use. For example, a freestanding cabinet with glass doors can make an unexpected and practical outdoor plant stand. Open the doors on warm days and close them to offer tender plants quick, easy protection from chilly nights or slight cold snaps.
Many environmental factors can damage or help your garden. Learn more about how much light, water and soil can impact the growth of your plants with the download Environmental Effects on Your Garden.
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Learn how to build your own cold frame and other essential garden accessories with the Horticulture Smart Gardening Techniques: Garden Projects.
Gardeners young and old can create the perfect garden together with the book Project Garden, which offers simple projects that will get any garden growing throughout the year.
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