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starting seeds in coldframe now?

Posted by tinkerten 4b/5 (My Page) on
Mon, Apr 4, 05 at 13:35

I'm desperate to get a jump on spring, and was thinking of starting seeds in a coldframe. Flower seeds, some perenials, some annuals. Is it too early yet? We're looking at some coldish nights this week, just about freezing, but no actual freezing yet.

Daytime temps are expected between 49 and 68 for the next week. Night time temps between 34 and 46. What temps will the frame be needed to be on?

I was thinking of making the coldframe out of pvc tubing for the frame and clear plastic from a farm supply store (like the kind you would use for a paint drop sheet). Anything else cheap that might be used to insulate on a really cold night?

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RE: starting seeds in coldframe now?

Your idea should do until the last frost is past.
Go for it!
My zone is a bit warmer and I'm desperate also.
As for something cheaper, from what I've seen PVC and plastic is one of the cheapest ways to make a cold frame.
it's reusable and portable. Check out for ideas on a shape.
Hope that helps.

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