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A cold frame is a perfect place to raise small plants or to grow larger plants that extend the growing season outdoors, so why not make your own? Joyce Russell shows you how


A good halfway home to harden plants off between a greenhouse and outdoor beds, this tidy frame is easy to make and is a great aid for any gardener. The clear sides and roof allow maximum light to reach plants. The posts keep the structure firmly anchored down, even in a strong wind, and the closing system is a simple and elegant way to use low-tech materials.

Scale the dimensions up to make a larger frame. You will need to add in some extra fixing points and a cross-piece to support the lid if you make one that is twice the size. Polycarbonate will last for many years, so choose the best place for the frame before you get started. It isn’t impossible to lever posts out of the ground without putting strain on the structure, but you don’t want to have to move it too often.


■ Timber 20mm x 50mm roof batten:

■ 2 x 1050mm for top frame

■ 2 x 480mm for top frame side pieces

■ 2 x 1000mm for kickboards

■ 2 x 500mm for side kickboards

■ 1 x 80mm for support blocks

■ 2 x 50mm x 600mm fence posts – cut longer posts to length

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*** 5 Brand new videos inside! - for more, see here: *** September is traditionally a time for harvesting summer crops of fruit and vegetables and preserving any gluts so we can enjoy them through the long winter. However, there is still plenty we can do to stretch the growing season to ensure an early and productive start next year. A cold frame is helpful to extend the growing season and in this issue Joyce Russell shows you how to make one. Soil is our most precious commodity in the garden and after a year of hard work it deserves a bit of TLC. So this month we have two features, starting on pages 42 and 73, dedicated to helping you keep your soil fighting fit. There is plenty of info on crops, too; expert grower Rob Smith has some great top tips on growing broccoli and calabrese, while this month our resident fruit expert David Patch turns his attention to figs. Finally don’t forget to enter our great fun Passionate Plotter and Wonky Veg competitions for the chance to win some super prizes!