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What is the best method for a cold fram hot house?

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I am building next to my shed on the south side a hot house which I will have a cold frame with in what is the best covers to use around the walls Plastic or the fabricated panels?

YB
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Depends

If your talking about the actual wall material, Fabricated will hold up longer than plastic sheeting. Which either one you use, make it the color black for maximum sun/heat absorption.

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hot house = cold frame?

Is hot house like cold frame? Or something else? By the way its me aka FawnVT yea its about time that I returned here again! lol Im just itching for spring to come, having a cabin fever and so happy that we finally reached 60's this week! :D Now its time to plant cool crop seeds :) Cya

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Old shower curtain liner

This week, we re gonna use these old shower curtain liners for the cold frames, its even eco friendly chlorine free plus mold & allery resistant! :D

Thanks,
^Fawn^

Says "Dear God, Help us to recycle Peace and Love!" :)

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YB Thanks

But should not it have some light as well? I have the walls up I will have to wait till next month for the roof. I was thinking of doubling the walls with fab out side and plastic inside with the lower having the so called sent with Styrofoam that has not place to go but to be used some how for no one recycles this matter and we are not to burn it so I was going to break it up but figured I will try chopping if up with the old food processor and placing it on the lower ends of may be to three feet in height for the plants will only be on the shelves which will be up above 3 feet the lower will storage area for pots and composted matter and such perhaps a worm box... have you seen a mix of maybe black and clear? I remember how hot it was as a child when I and the neighbor kids placed the big sheet of plastic over the swing set and how it would sweat yea we actually might of helped invent hot frames...I don't think they were around back then,it was all glass frames that I remember in the late 60s.;)

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YB Thanks

But should not it have some light as well? I have the walls up I will have to wait till next month for the roof. I was thinking of doubling the walls with fab out side and plastic inside with the lower having the so called sent with Styrofoam that has not place to go but to be used some how for no one recycles this matter and we are not to burn it so I was going to break it up but figured I will try chopping if up with the old food processor and placing it on the lower ends of may be to three feet in height for the plants will only be on the shelves which will be up above 3 feet the lower will storage area for pots and composted matter and such perhaps a worm box... have you seen a mix of maybe black and clear? I remember how hot it was as a child when I and the neighbor kids placed the big sheet of plastic over the swing set and how it would sweat yea we actually might of helped invent hot frames...I don't think they were around back then,it was all glass frames that I remember in the late 60s.;)

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Can I make this TOFA my homepage?

If so I can't find it :/ Cause I d love to keep updates with you gardening lovers daily!

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Homepage Instructions

Hi Fawn! Welcome back!!

Here's the instructions:

Make sure you are on TOFA's Home Page.

If you are using Internet Explorer, look just above the webpage on the menu bar over toward the right.

Do you see an icon that looks like a little house with a chimney? Click once on the down triangle to the right of it and select "Add or Change Home Page ...".

There are 3 choices. Click on the choice you want and you are all set. :)

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Oh yea I got it, thank you

Oh yea I got it, thank you Redmink! :)

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FAWN

so nice to see you. Did you every get chickens???????????

Lovely to see you.

Thanks,
Elsie ./.

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Hellllllo Elsie! No not yet!

Hellllllo Elsie! :) No not yet! As of last year I worked from part time to full time that really kept me busy as a bee till now another spring's here, and my husband promises me that we ll get some chickens this April! Ahh we ll see when Easter comes, lol. How are you? All is well here :) What's ./. meaning??

Thanks, ^Fawn^ :)

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Fawn

as with all things, as a working wife, mother, daughter and wearer of many hats of all things. my life is divided by, divided by all the things I must do by all the things I want to do. divided by time and financial constraints. divided by age and sleep needed.
my life is divided by all things ./.

Thanks,
Elsie ./.

ps.. you are the only one that ever noticed or asked about it.

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Elsie ./.

oh ha yea I was trying to divide by all things since I got a full time job last year that I had to be selfish like switching to new phone numbers whom my clients bothered me at home off work hours and now my life is much easier and almost at peace of mind so I can share my passion in gardening with you all this year again since I skipped gardening last year for the first time in 17 years! Well I tried to run a B & B inn while working part time counselor at the beginning of January 2009, but I wasn't happy nor thrilled that I didn't have a bountiful garden with new flowers, vegetables, but some herbs and lettuce last year. So I quit the B & B inn last fall and opt for a full time job and come home with no phone ringing off my ears after hours, and now life is good and well balanced here :) So here I'm baaaack to TOFA again, since I have a new son in law who's from Pakistan and a green thumb living with us and I'm so thrilled to have another experienced gardener in this household when I need an assistant. He's a good man, and passionate when it comes to real food that he keeps reminding us how lucky we have good earth soil and peace harmony backyard with several plots while it's desserted in his home country (Swat) that got ruined from the war. Bless him and his family whom we're hoping to bring his mother, sister and brother here to America someday soon! Oh yea my son in law even taught us how to divided life by all things, too! Imagine a deaf good muslim man teaching us to appreciate for what we have here with language barrier?? Not even in six months he learned to read and write english after learning america sign language in three months!! So I realized how blessed we are when our daughter met and brought him and his green thumb to us. :)

Thanks,
^Fawn^ :)

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Sorry bout the double posting

yes its a combo that I am building I have a cold frame I have been working on since last night its in my front yard where the sun hits the most.. I have a hill on the south and winter is very cold for the sun hide most the time back over that side the north is great though for those plants that love the colder temps peas lettuce etc... but on the north side of the property just over and acre the sun hits find and wow yesterday and today was so good to work in the yard...yesterday I attacked the pile a mixture of miniature horse droppings (he would drop in one place better than a large horse)Sheep droppings straw pine needles and sawdust.... I had laid down wood chips in the front yard as well all 4 years ago so now all this is getting mixed together..my black gold for sure... I have my cold frame almost done it got put up 4 years ago as well...I had went to Missouri for the last three years when I got back viola... to day I shifted thru the dirt in the front raking back the sawdust pulling all the rocks that were within a spade deep or so all the rocks went into the walkways.. I still have more to do on it but I got one good three 1/2 foot wide by 8 feet long bed in and half of the rest.. its where I will place the tomatoes... if it is not raining to hard I will gather the pine cones into bags to place in the attic of the shed to dry it will spread some for seedlings and the rest will become fire starters after the treatment dip the bad ones will go in the heap for composting when I borrow the neighbors wood chipper maybe next weekend... I also move the baby trees that are really loving the fresh wood chipped ground I provide... pines of course Douglas firs and Ponderosas... Enjoying all I can out of the spring weather we have been having....Waiting for April so I can get the rest of the things I need to finish the shed Hot house frame... Thanks for looking I will be posting the whole story in my blog when finished I will post the link at that time as well....Sister Nora Smith

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