Denise: J has intermittently been working on making cold frames for growing strawberries, lettuces and other ‘short’ and more tender crops. The walls are made of his favourite building materials – 6in x 1in treated softwood joined with lengths of 2in x 2in. The tops are sheets of clear acrylic set in simple wooden frames. Nothing fancy it is true, but certainly functional! It’s difficult finding a balance between making something strong enough to take the battering from wind and rain, but on the other hand easy to use and cheap to make. The main problem with cold frames here is with the lids – the traditional way of hinging at the back and propping up at the front is just completely impracticable – far too windy!. Anyway, after years of struggling with this problem, J seems to have come up with a compromise so lets see how it works. Anyway, two cold frames are now finished, and I’ve planted these up with lettuces for now. Later they’ll be replaced with strawberry plants, as the fruit is always useful in making jams for sale (eg Gooseberry and Strawberry Preserve). There’s one more cold frame for J to build, making up a line of three replacing a ‘hedge’ of Rosa Rugosa, the roots of which were spreading into growing plots. So that’s a nuisance turned into a source of profit.