Rated 3.7 out of 5 by 22
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Gardener2 We received the package and had to assemble everything. Not a problem as most things are like this nowadays. BUT, not something just anyone can do. It may take some blister-making before you get the whole thing screwed together: I would definitely recommend an electric screw driver, as you will be pushing screws through smaller metal holes. Not easy!
I really like the frame, works well, and has kept my plants happy and healthy.
One drawback is that the lids don't quite match the size of the sides, SO, you can only latch one of the "lock latches" on each side. Not a problem in a non-windy environment, but could be a concern otherwise. I've used a rope around the latches to keep the lids from lifting, just in case.
May 17, 2011
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by okgardener Palram Deluxe Cold Frame 3 Ft. x 3 Ft. Greenhouse
i have been very pleased with the cold frame I purchased in March. Assembly was quite easy although a bit fussy. The last panel had to flex a lot in order to become perpendicular so I would recommend assembly be done inside in case cold temperatures reduce the flexibility of the plastic. I placed my more cold resistant plants like geraniums, newly seeded ornamental grasses and daisy in the cold frame late March and even though night temperatures have gone to -4, the plants have done well. I will put tomatoes, squash etc. into the frame mid April and am expecting them to flourish also as humidity and sunlight do marvels for new seedlings. It is a bit tedious to remove the lids completely to allow warm showers to water the plants but it is worth it. All in all, I think this was a very worthwhile purchase and is perfect size for small garden or patio gardeners.
April 19, 2011
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by d1zzy Palram Deluxe Cold Frame 3Ft x 3Ft Greenhouse
The cold frame was not difficult to assemble but it was a bit fiddly. After following the instructions properly we found that the bottom(base) of the cold frame seems to be a bit wider than the lid therefore, could not lock the lid to the base on both sides using the two green supports that are attached to the lids. The wider width on the bottom does not prevent us from propping the lid open using those same green supports because they are flexible to a degree. We just can't use both of those same supports to lock the lid down to the base. The problem seems to be with how the clear plastic panels are molded. It also leaves a gap in the fit so that cold air is not kept out. Great idea, just poor execution when forming the panels. Also, no way to prop the lids open to the fullest extent so that you have two hands to move plants in or out of the unit. We disassembled each corner many times thinking we had done something wrong...to no avail.
April 22, 2011
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by boydgang cold frame
Lightweight, compact and easy to assemble. I like the lift up sections, should give easy access for watering, etc. Looking forwrd to using it - will hold 6 flats of annuals.
February 22, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by UncleMerv Great for small cool weather plants in the winter.
Test fit and loosely assemble as you go along before tightening any part. An awl is useful in the alignment of the parts as they are assembled together. Also a rubdown with
WD40 on a rag eases in assembling the metal hinge parts. My assembly time was 45 minutes. It fits neatly in a 4x4 raised bed and may be anchored with landscape staples or bricks laid along the edge.
November 6, 2012
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by OKLAHOMA SAVE YOUR MONEY
I bought one of these last year but did not need until this Spring. It was not easy to put together & I spent part of two days on this. The instructions could have been better & the material is very POOR QUALITY. I had to use shipping tape because some of the panels did not fit. You cannot raise the door very high without it coming apart. I wonder how it will take some of the strong winds that we have here or if it can hold the weight of a good snow fall.
February 15, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by meowcat cold frame
The cold frame serves its purpose, but it was not easy to put together. It took several hours to assemble it and there were 4 of us working on it :( After we finally got it together, it works well, setting on the ground, and growing the seeds for the spring planting.
January 18, 2007
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Chip Decent cold frame
Don't expect in this item to provide yourself with a warming green house. It is simply a plastic cold frame. But, it does a nice job protecting your seedlings during the early season with winds and cool nights. Utilized in a raised bed, I am able to place plastic, water-filled jugs around the inside perimeter of the cold frame to absorb the suns heat during the days in spring, then close the unit off at night trapping some radiant heat to protect from cooler temps at night. This allows me a more slow hardening off process. Again, it is plastic, and will not withstand high winds on its' own, but inside my boxes, or in an area around your house away from such weather, it is a nice transfer and starter when used for its' purpose.
July 1, 2014