Any experienced gardener or repurposer knows the benefit of using old sash windows for cold frames. These small greenhouse-like enclosures extend gardening the season, meaning you can start planting earlier in the spring, grow later into the fall, and give hot weather plants an environment within which they will thrive. This project is of easy-to-moderate difficulty and can be knocked out in an afternoon with a few basic skills and salvaged materials. An illustrated guide is available below, and sash windows aplenty can be found in our inventory.

Don’t forget to share pictures of your completed cold frame to maryanne@seconduse.com for a chance to have your project featured on the blog!