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Make do and mend coldframes...ideas?

Hi everyone!

I'm looking for creative ideas on how to make coldframes with the minimum of fuss. I have a selection of glass panes on my allotment but I don't want to spend loads of money on wood. I seem to remember someone on telly painting cardboard boxes with gloss paint and then putting glass over the top. Any ideas gratefully accepted!

Bright Blessings!


  • marshmellomarshmello Posts: 683

    Got any bricks ??

    Dry build, a brick box like structure - put the glass over the top.

  • Go to your local market and ask the meat/fish sellers if they have any polystyrene boxes.  They usually chuck them out at the end of the day and once thoroughly cleaned (the fish boxes need a good airing too) they make excellent cold-frames.


  • LoreaLorea Posts: 81

    I'm using the inside of our old dishwasher covering the top sometimes with a piece of clear plastic! 

  • BeltaneBeltane Posts: 3

    Thanks everyone! I sometimes spend more time working on recycling projects than on actually growing anything!

  • what i did i had some old green house staging that i was not using so i put this out side my green house and i would stand the plants that i grow on this so plenty of air was round them,as for cuttings i would wait until they have developed roots and big enough than i would put them out side,i would just put some lastic round the frame, 

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,538

    Big polystyrene  fish boxes are good. 

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