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 Your extra energy can be funneled into constructive activities such as clearing out the garage or building cold frames for the garden. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Oct. 19, 2019: Taurus, enjoy the freedom to come and go; Capricorn, make time for you," 19 Oct. 2019 Committee members suggested some specific guidelines, such as a way to define structures and systems including greenhouses — allowed under city code — hoop houses, cold frames and low tunnels. Graydon Megan,, "Elmhurst hoop house rules may not come until September," 3 July 2018 Other structures and systems to extend the growing season that have been discussed include cold frames, low tunnels and individual plant covers. Graydon Megan,, "Elmhurst hoop house rules may not come until September," 3 July 2018 Plant onion seeds 4 to 6 weeks before the last average frost—or even earlier indoors or in a cold frame. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Onions," 1 Feb. 2018 The plants needed cold frames for spring, and the soil needed to be warmed by plastic for early summer, and then came dutiful protection from a particular species of beetle, which he was known to pursue by hand. C.j. Chivers, Popular Mechanics, "My Father's Garden: The Life My Dad Passed Down to Me," 19 June 2016 Franz also talked about other season-extending devices and systems, including covers for individual plants, row covers and cold frames, all of which are intended to warm the soil and protect plants from cold weather. Graydon Megan,, "Elmhurst committee looks to recommend hoop houses and other systems," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of cold frame

1851, in the meaning defined above

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“Cold frame.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of cold frame

: a small wooden or metal frame covered with glass or plastic that is used for growing and protecting plants in cold weather

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