Strawbale Hothouse for Winter Veges

Strawbale Hothouse

Strawbale Hothouse design is the simplest you could imagine. All credits to the article below. You might think Perth’s biggest challenge is the hot weather, and you’re right. However you can get all your summer seedlings well established from seeds this way, so they are strong, deep-rooted plants by January-March. Your winter veges will grow much faster, bigger and softer leaves because in their native setting in Europe and UK, they grow in the much wetter summer. Not tropical but compared to WA, it is one way to describe it.

And….  it keeps out the cabbage moth 🙂  Possums and other creatures, even kangaroos!  We could prolong the sweet-potato season at the end and the beginning and the strawbale structures will stop bandicoots coming and digging out the sweet potatoes and the runners 🙂

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Find Out Which Type of Cold Frame Is Best

See three different ways to utilize a cold-frame design

By FG Staff

Photo: Joshua McCullough/Phytophoto

Creating a cold frame does not need to be expensive or time-consuming. Even people without any woodworking skills can build a structure to

Strawbale Hothouse
Strawbale Hothouse with repurposed old windows; no construction needed

protect newly seeded plants or tender crops from inclement weather. From simple to sophisticated, there is a cold  frame for every gardener. Learn how to build your own cold frame.   Photo: Joshua McCullough/Phytophoto->

strawbales hothouse
Loose structure strawbales hothouse

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The most rudimentary cold frame may be all that you need. Here, seed-free straw bales filled with soil and topped with a repurposed window will do the job just fine so long as the window is secure in the straw.


With a little more time, you can create a cold frame out of recycled hemlock or other untreated wood and top it off with Lexan polycarbonate or other translucent material. On warm days, vent the structure with a felled branch or garden tool, such as a pitchfork or shovel.

cold-frame design
cold-frame design built from simple woodframes

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