Cold Frame – preface

I always feel like “Rocky” at the start of a project (sing with me: “gonna fly now”) – ironically I also always feel beat to a pulp at the end.

I had surveyed our property a few weeks back and found the perfect site for a cold frame.   I had materials to work with and they were a very short list, since I wanted to build a very practical frame:


            Concrete Blocks for corners

            Bricks to build the walls

            Recycled door with glass inserts to provide the top

Easy, peasy, right?

Of course, as things go, the perfect site was already taken by squatters – concrete blocks, stacks of bricks, a chain link fence section, a roll of chicken wire, scraps of salvaged iron and wood, and the ramps for the lawnmower.

First step – measure out the approximate space to be cleared and start moving the squatters.

I guess you have to know me – or maybe you recognize yourself if you’re like me – I am quite easily distracted by a quick project that arises while I’m doing something else, dear friend “S” calls it “rabbit-trailing”.

I need space for that scrap iron. It’s primarily a cast iron garden chair and bench that I think I’m going to refinish and put to good use (oh boy! Another project looms on the horizon).

The garage is not in bad shape (really, it’s not), it’s just that hubby and I have differing organizational skills.  To get to the point – so I can get back to the point (yep, this is how projects go) – I have a stack of potting mix parts that will need to be moved (and why not contain it too, orderly me) in order to stack the iron behind it.

So, you see, I have to find the perfect container now – and to find the perfect container, I must assess six containers and reorganize them (since hubby and I have differing organizational skills) to get the container that I need.

It was no surprise to find that I could easily empty four containers of the six that I found – and a nice surprise is that I’ll now have three empty crates for that freezer project I’ve been thinking about…

See that scrap iron peeking discreetly from behind?

Now you understand my “rabbit-trail” dilemma.

Did I mention that I also did a bit of tidying in the shed as we went? I am quite thankful for hubby’s help – and also his reminder that we do have tools to make tasks easier. That wheelbarrow comes in handy when you’re moving cast iron!

To keep this post short, I’ll share the project of focus next time…  what was that again?

Oh, yes, we’re building a cold frame!

Dreamin’ Girl

Cold Frame Part I

Cold Frame Part II


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