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Have you warmed 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

A week’s worth of gardening cartoons from the wrigglers, talking about cold frames. The Wrigglers have a guide to making your own cold frame too. Download the pdf from our Building a cold frame page, here

  • 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.
  • The cartoon starts with a fact in the top left corner, it reads, "Hardening off plants in a coldframe helps them acclimatise to outdoor conditions, Gust of wind for example". Cartoon showing Two worms outside in the soil, it is windy and a small seedling planted out is getting destroyed by the wind. One worm says to the other, windy today isn't it? " The other worm replies, "no, Tuesday."
  • Cartoon image from the wrigglers. The cartoon is of a worm in a cold frame, the floor of the cold frame is paving slabs – the text reads, Coldframes can be located on soil, grass and concrete. There is a speech bubble coming from under the concrete paving slabs, it say: "Ow! I banged my head"
  • Cartoon about planting seedlings outside, especially if grown indoors. In the top left hand corner of the cartoon it reads: ITypically hardening off takes two to three weeks. Two worms are outside in the soil, one worm is small, the otehr large. The small worm says: if suddenly placed outside, shock can prevent growth". The big worm has a thought bubble, it reads,"That explains a lot."
  • This cartoon shows two worms in a cold frame, and in a plant pot. The plants in the pot have wilted, as has one of the owrms. One worm says, " acclimatise on an overcast and dull day, or your plants could wilt." The other worm, who has wilted, has its head on the ground. It says, "or on your head be it."
  • March is still a cold month, so if growing plants or protecting seeds outside it is a good idea to have a cold frame. This is a cold frame cartoon, with one worm in a cold frame and the other outsdie, with frost on its nose. The worm in the cold frame says, "It's a cold frame" The other worm says, No good, I'm looking for somewhere warmer to hang out"

A cold frame 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 most 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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