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Central Florida
Jul 16, 2017 9:12 AM CST
Can I use a cold frame to permanently keep plants in?

I am mainly wanting to use it to keep plants safe for safety reasons because a lawn care service takes care of all the lawns in my community.
Name: Karen
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Jul 16, 2017 9:45 AM CST
I'd think they'd fry during the summer! What about just the very short fencing to keep them away from the plants? You can buy pretty fencing that is about 12 inches high.
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Jul 18, 2017 6:45 AM CST
My problem is trying to get around the HOA to an extent. I have an idea of what I'm wanting but I haven't quite figured out what it's called, leaning more toward a customized cold frame. Ordinarily, a low fence would be ideal. However, I'm starting with more exotic plants and they do cause skin irritation - I've done the research on them. The community does plant some standard similar plants in the community but I'm not okay with having them necessarily out in the open.

This is similar to what I have in mind.
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Jul 18, 2017 9:19 AM CST
HI & welcome! What plants did you have in mind? Will they be grown in pots?
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Jul 18, 2017 10:52 AM CST
If you create a raised bed type of cold frame with either a removable or a hinged "greenhouse" lid on it, you could plant to your heart's content, and just leave the lid open in the hot weather so the plants don't cook.

You really don't need a cold frame in most of Florida, but if you are in Northern Florida it might come in handy to keep your plants warm on some cold winter nights. Maybe a few weeks a year is all you'd use it though, I would think.

I just use a piece of frost cloth rolled up on a PVC pipe. I "tent" it over my most tender plants, and my tomatoes and peppers if we have winter nights going down into the 40's.

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