For all the years that we've had the cold frames we put on some of our raised beds, we've tried (unsuccessfully) a myriad of methods of securing the cold frames to the raised bed frames. As you know, we get a lot of wind here and if the cold frames aren't closed down tight, the wind gets a purchase on them and they part company with the raised bed frames.
Last year Papa Pea came up with the idea of using a hook and eye combination with a spring that kept the hooks from slipping out of the eye during movement caused by winds.
We put two hooks on the front and two hooks on the back of the cold frames and the corresponding eyes on the raised bed frames.
Eureka, we finally found an attachment method that securely held the cold frame to the raised bed. Boy, were we feeling smug.
Early yesterday morning, around 5 a.m., we had a rain, wind, lightning and thunder storm. Light on the rain, very heavy on the wind. Was this forecast? Nope.
Monday night we had heard that there was a slight chance of rain overnight and the temperature was to remain warm after a hot day, so I chose to leave the cold frame covers open over our slicing cucumbers and over our pepper plants. As all you gardeners know, you can't beat natural rainfall as a huge boost for parched soil and the plants growing in it.
The 5 a.m. storm woke us and we could hardly believe the scene as we looked out on the garden.
Oh, the cold frames stayed fastened to the raised bed frames secure as could be, but the wind took the cold frames AND attached wooden raised bed frames (and they are heavy) plumb up and off their position in the ground.
Amazingly, there was hardly any damage to the cold frames (that a little tweaking couldn't cure) and with only minimal shovel work, the bed frames were put back on/in the soil from where they had been ripped. No plants sacrificed their young lives during the event.
Oy. All's well that ends well, but I gotta say this makes me all the more hesitant about the greenhouse Papa Pea wants to put up over part of the field garden. I would really be upset if the wind tore something like that apart.