Location: Wellington, New Zealand. Temperate, coastal, sandy, windy,
posted 5 years ago
keith nowicki wrote:I was given some smoked plexiglass panels that I would like to use to build some cold frames. Is it possible to used them ?
As far as I know, smoked glass/plastic reduces light, whereas seedlings in my climate need as much light as they can get.
Low light-levels make plants stretch toward the light and become tall, spindly and weak.
I also avoid glass, as I'd have smashed mine long ago (probably over my head, knowing me )
I use 'pokie' machine fronts, aka slot/gaming machines.
Here, rather than replace the plastic picture thing when they change 'games', the just chuck the perspex.
Ask at your local gambling den
I'm not a gambling fan, so I kind of enjoy the irony.
If the perspex can withstand a disgruntled gambler's sledhammer, I think my head's ok!
The other great thing about perspex is it's easy to drill through- I took the glass out of old window frames and just screwed the perspex in its place.
Even more offtopic, but the screens also make excellent cloches- I drill holes in each corner and wire them together into a three-sided mini-greenhouse thing.
My climate's not quite hot enough for peppers, but they love 'pokie' houses!
I'll agree with Leila that my seedlings need all the light they can get or they get rather leggy, but maybe smoked glass would be better for a starting frame in the dog days of summer when you are getting a bit too much intense sunlight.
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