This Summer, I removed the lids (aka "lights") from my coldframe, storing them in the garage out of harm's way (they are made of glass, and therefore a bit vulnerable). This meant that I could use the space occupied by the coldframe without having any plants under its cover, where they would have been far too hot. It was actually a very convenient place to keep my pots of herbs. This is what it looked like in August:
|The coldframe full of potted herbs|
Just recently I removed everything from the coldframe, gave it a clean-up, re-fitted the lids, and generally got it ready for its Winter duties.
|Pots removed, stray leaves swept-up|
|The cleaned-up coldframe re-populated|
You can see that there wasn't enough space for everything to go inside the coldframe, and the Chive plants drew the short straw. I didn't want the coldframe to be over-crowded, because that also inhibits air-circulation. The Chive plants will survive OK and will die back anyway even if they are protected, and next Spring I will re-pot them just like I always do.