A cold frame out of straw bales?

bernadette_gourder(5 from Newaygo, MI)January 12, 2009

I just came across this website that has instructions on how to build a cold frame with straw bales. This sounds very interesting to me. Would this keep in the heat well for zone 5? I'd like to overwinter cuttings and fussy seeds.

Here is a link that might be useful: Here's the instructions

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gladgrowing(6a)

Bernadette,
I am in zone6-a(ish), and put a strawbale cold frame together in this past fall. I have yet to go to your link, but wanted to say how thrilled i am with the one i made!
Someone gave me six bales, which i put into a rectangle. Then, i covered them with 6 mil black plastic, secured with homemade 9 guage wire u-pins. I laid thick newspaper in the bottom of this one, and filled with a bale of soiless seed starting mix and a pile of my homemade compost mixed into only the top 12 inches or so. It is quite fluffy, and holds water well. Atop the bale frame, i laid 2 old glass and metal storm doors.
We had temps only as low as 5*F. only once this season, many nites in the teens. I satill have fresh cilantro and mixed leaf lettuces doing great in their!! Of course they are growing very slow, but i get some each week for the dinner table or to share around the hood :) It is fantastic. This morning, my husband and i decided to increase this by three - and have it all!! This will be a mighty long bed/coldframe....and one end will be more compartmentalized and have a hearing coil underground for germinating transplants earlier. This will be very welcome, as i have reached a limit of 25 flats at a time in my cold basement with windows and light banks.
Hope you can do it, too! I am ready to have spinaches in there from now on, too :)

    Bookmark   January 13, 2009 at 3:17PM
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gladgrowing(6a)

I forgot to mention that i have a thick comforter atop the glasses on these cold nights!

    Bookmark   January 14, 2009 at 12:53AM
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