As we picked up a cold frame “greenhouse” yesterday and are currently housing a few lettuce transplants in our barn which we bought last week. We had hoped to plant the lettuce last week, but winter came back and we even had a few instances of snowflakes. So, not knowing anything about cold frames other than that they are great starter greenhouses and we absolutely needed one for German weather, we turned to the Internet for help.

While not specifically geared towards gardening in cold frames this website – – gives a lot of advice for first time gardeners like us. While we have had a few vegetables growing on our rooftop patio when we first moved to Germany, none of them really turned out that great. A few of our tomato plants had decent results, but lettuce somehow didn’t prosper. Maybe with the help of the web we can finally get decent results.