What size area do
you have available in the garden for the cold frame?
the area of your garden in which you wish to place a cold
frame is priority when looking to purchase one. Ensuring
adequate access around the area is also key in order for you
to tend to the plants. It is imperative that the cold frame
you purchase is of adequate size to not only house the desired
number of plants but to also allow you to work around it. In
this instance it may be necessary to not place the cold frame
against a wall in order for you to have access to every inch.
What types of
plants do you wish to house in the cold frame?
is important to note that as cold frames have a tilted lid and
are taller at the back than the front it is possible to plant
a variety of plants in them. However access to the back of the
cold frame must be easily gained in order for you to tend to
these plants adequately and therefore cold frames purchased
must take height into consideration.
What is the primary
use of your garden?
garden is constantly changing design and focus it may be
necessary to choose a cold frame that is easily moved, there
are lightweight versions available to purchase that will
enable you to do this. If your garden is full of the hustle
and bustle of family life then choosing a plastic version over
a glass one will help to ensure the longevity of your cold
frame whilst being safer for children to play around. A
plastic one however will be less resilient to strong winds and
may not retain the heat as well as a glass one.
purpose and aesthetics of the cold frame?
primary purpose is ultimately to shelter and house plants that
does not mean they cannot also be aesthetically pleasing.
Available in an array of materials such as wood, aluminium,
glass and plastic it may be necessary to identify what look if
any you require from a cold frame prior to purchase.
the desired cold frame has been purchased it needs to be
utilised effectively, position on any flat area ideally in a
sunny spot with good drainage. Cold frames are just as
effective if placed on paved areas if the plants you wish to
house in them are in pots or trays. If positioning the cold
frame in a permanent location replace the top layer of soil
with coarse gravel first then a layer of topsoil in order to
improve drainage. Additionally the use of cold frames on
raised beds will help to warm the soil in spring in a much
more organic way than covering the soil with plastic.
is the colloquial term used in horticulture to describe a
material that is utilised with the purpose of protecting
plants from the cold, wind or insect damage. Available in a
variety of shapes and sizes and with the ability to cover
individual plants up to rows of them they are seen as an
underrated piece of gardening equipment.
word 'cloche' is French for 'bell' and whilst the term may
conjure up images of wire hoops covered in plastic to form a
low tunnel so often seen particularly in agriculture, they are
becoming more widely used in domestic gardens to protect
plants from the elements.
work by providing the plants with a safe haven similar to cold
frames during the growing season; they also assist with
raising and hardening off seedlings, warming the soil and
protecting against insects and wildlife.
manufacturers of cloches are catering to the growing desires
of the public for their gardens to become focal points and
have created ranges that are both practical and aesthetically