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cold frame

n.
An unheated outdoor structure consisting of a wooden or concrete frame and a top of glass or clear plastic, used for protecting and acclimatizing seedlings and plants.

cold frame

n
(Horticulture) an unheated wooden frame with a glass top, used to protect young plants from the cold

cold′ frame`


n.
a boxlike structure, usu. faced with glass, placed over a flower bed to protect plants, esp. seedlings.
[1850–55]

Cold frame

An outdoor shelter for young plants that is covered with glass or, at night, with canvas. Its purpose was to help plants make a successful transition from a Hotbed or the house to an unprotected garden.
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Noun1.Cold frame - protective covering consisting of a wooden frame with a glass top in which small plants are protected from the coldcold frame - protective covering consisting of a wooden frame with a glass top in which small plants are protected from the cold
protective cover, protective covering, protection - a covering that is intend to protect from damage or injury; "they had no protection from the fallout"; "wax provided protection for the floors"
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This is what I came up with: A cold frame constructed of 1x10s, two storm windows, some hardware, paint and recycled bricks.
Pinch the growing tips out of sweet pea seedlings sown in October and move them to a cold frame.
A Yes, gardeners need a cold frame whether or not they also have a greenhouse.
They can be rooted directly into gritty soil outside, or in a cold frame.
Germinate seeds in a cold frame ready for planting out at the end of April.
Continue potting up rooted cuttings of chrysanthemums and plant out well rooted plants once they have been hardened off in a cold frame.
While the seed can be sown at various times, it's best to do so in the greenhouse or cold frame in October, even November, then leaving the potted seedlings into a cold frame for the winter.
7 MOISTEN the compost in the pots and then put them in a propagator or cold frame to protect them over winter.
Sow hardy annuals in a cold frame or unheated greenhouse.
And one of the more important tools I use is the cold frame.
Make sure that the cold frame is clear of any weeds or dead vegetation.
Sow sweet peas in pots and overwinter the plants in a cold frame to plant out next spring.