Hi there from FREEZING Chicagoland!

Hi there from FREEZING Chicagoland!

i work for a window contractor and i have available to me 3 rather large (32x20 at least) double-paned windows PLUS at LEAST two GARDEN windows, also double-paned. i am going to take them, of course, because i KNOW they will all make AWESOME cold-frames! the Garden Windows might make more of a mini-greenhouse as they are not a flat window. more of a small, DEEP bay-window. my question is this: i have a raised bed that i use for my strawberries, spring greens, and a few other things the dogs like to nom before we can get to them. can i just take the flat winows and lay them across the walls of the raised bed? there is at least a good 2 or 3 inches between the top of the soil (lots of settling in the last year) and the windows themselves have maybe 2 or 3 inches between the frames/casing and the glass. i dont want to build if i dont HAVE to, you know? the raised bed is 16 inches across so i would get a good seal between the wood and the windows if i laid them down with the smaller end across the width of the bed. make sense? and then on those Garden windows....can i just put up some heavy-duty clear plastic sheeting to close those off and create a mini-greenhoue effect? i usually start my seeds indoors under the Gro-lite and this new outdoor setup would make it SO EASY to harden things off!! might not have to bring them inside after a while! i was just SO disappointed by last year's garden that i want to give THIS year's ANY chance i can! of course, last year's weather was NOT very kind to us...but still... Thanks in advance!
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