If you’ve been looking for ways to extend your growing season or start warm-weather seedlings early, you may have come across the term “cold frame greenhouse.” These outdoor plant shelters can protect your precious plants from winter weather and make sure your plants are ready to go in the ground as soon as spring has sprung.
Anti insect nets are most useful during the period that starts a few weeks before the first frost of the year and continues until a few weeks after the last frost. Since many regions in the United States experience unpredictable weather during this transitional time, cold frames help protect growers from losses due to unexpected changes. Here’s a closer look at some of the ways people commonly use their cold frame greenhouses.
Extending the Growing Season
Insect nets are excellent for growing cool-season plants that are equipped to withstand lower overnight temperatures. Since cold frames create a more controlled climate and maintain warmer temperatures, they allow you to start your plants early and harvest them later without worrying about them dying due to exposure to frost. Generally, you can expect your cold frame to keep the soil and plants five to 10 degrees warmer than the ambient outdoor temperature.
Overwintering Dormant Plants
While a cold frame won’t allow you to grow delicate plants during the winter, it’s still useful during the cold season. Instead of winterizing your greenhouse, you can use it to protect plants during their dormancy. To do this, you may want to partially cover your cold frame so you can minimize the plants’ exposure to sunlight. You’ll also want to make sure you maintain adequate soil moisture. These two steps will ensure the plants don’t grow while also preventing them from completely drying out.