cold frame


Definition of cold frame

: a usually glass- or plastic-covered frame without artificial heat used to protect plants and seedlings outdoors

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Recent Examples on the Web Make a cold frame or hotbed to start early vegetables or flowers. oregonlive, 1 Feb. 2022 Both really do need an outdoor greenhouse, cold frame or a really sunny summer window, though there are a few varieties that will fruit outdoors. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Apr. 2022 In a way, this is like starting seeds using a cold frame. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Feb. 2022 Pull them into an unheated garage, basement, greenhouse, cold frame or similar site. oregonlive, 24 Dec. 2021 Place a portable cold frame over rows of winter vegetables. oregonlive, 1 Nov. 2021 Otherwise, set the open bottom of the cold frame directly on the soil. Rita Pelczar, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 Aug. 2021 The cold frame acts like a mini greenhouse and keeps the vegetables from freezing. Judy Hake,, 20 Mar. 2021 But an unheated greenhouse or cold frame structure will lose heat quickly at night. oregonlive, 29 Aug. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of cold frame

1851, in the meaning defined above

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22 Apr 2022

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“Cold frame.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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