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Warming to the idea of a cold frame?

You can use a cold frame all year round. Right now it’s good for acclimatising your seedlings and protecting succulents

Starting your seeds on the windowsill seems like a great idea, til they outgrow the windowsill. That’s where the cold frame comes into its own …

A Wrigglers' cartoon about using a coldframe to acclimatise plants. The image is of a house window packed full of plants, the tedrils of the plants are creeping through the window seals . The two worms in a pot outside, one says, "I don't think they have heard of a cold frame.

A coldframes is a friend. You can use it throughout the year. In spring and early summer, to harden off young plants; in winter to protect your alpines. Unlike a glasshouse, these frames can be moved to where they are needed …

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Here’s our guide to building a cold fame

Make your own cold frame – we did. If it helps, here’s a pdf to download and use – click this link to open a new page

Put Pollinators First

If you haven’t already, take a look at our Put Pollinators First page, supporting the BBC Gardener’s World campaign to reduce the decline of insects and bees in our gardens. Join the campaign and plant some wild flowers in your garden, as well as deadheading your daffs.

That’s enough from the worms, here’s some tip-top advise from the experts

Including protecting your plants from slugs advice.

Gardener’s World talk about feeding your soil

RHS talk about what to do this month – spring is in sight …

Garden Organic talk about what to plant this month

Great direction, packed full of links and further reading

Year-round garden pruning guide

Great advice and full of quick and simple tips too, for example … don’t cut into tender plants or evergreens right now as their top growth provides insulation from penetrating cold.

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