AU2013204052B2 - A Garden Bed with Cold Frame - Google Patents

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AU2013204052B2
AU2013204052B2 AU2013204052A AU2013204052A AU2013204052B2 AU 2013204052 B2 AU2013204052 B2 AU 2013204052B2 AU 2013204052 A AU2013204052 A AU 2013204052A AU 2013204052 A AU2013204052 A AU 2013204052A AU 2013204052 B2 AU2013204052 B2 AU 2013204052B2
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A01AGRICULTURE; FORESTRY; ANIMAL HUSBANDRY; HUNTING; TRAPPING; FISHING
    • A01GHORTICULTURE; CULTIVATION OF VEGETABLES, FLOWERS, RICE, FRUIT, VINES, HOPS OR SEAWEED; FORESTRY; WATERING
    • A01G9/00Cultivation in receptacles, forcing-frames or greenhouses; Edging for beds, lawn or the like
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A01AGRICULTURE; FORESTRY; ANIMAL HUSBANDRY; HUNTING; TRAPPING; FISHING
    • A01GHORTICULTURE; CULTIVATION OF VEGETABLES, FLOWERS, RICE, FRUIT, VINES, HOPS OR SEAWEED; FORESTRY; WATERING
    • A01G9/00Cultivation in receptacles, forcing-frames or greenhouses; Edging for beds, lawn or the like
    • A01G9/20Forcing-frames; Lights, i.e. glass panels covering the forcing-frames
    • YGENERAL TAGGING OF NEW TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENTS; GENERAL TAGGING OF CROSS-SECTIONAL TECHNOLOGIES SPANNING OVER SEVERAL SECTIONS OF THE IPC; TECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER USPC CROSS-REFERENCE ART COLLECTIONS [XRACs] AND DIGESTS
    • Y02TECHNOLOGIES OR APPLICATIONS FOR MITIGATION OR ADAPTATION AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE
    • Y02ATECHNOLOGIES FOR ADAPTATION TO CLIMATE CHANGE
    • Y02A40/00Adaptation technologies in agriculture, forestry, livestock or agroalimentary production
    • Y02A40/10Adaptation technologies in agriculture, forestry, livestock or agroalimentary production in agriculture
    • Y02A40/25Greenhouse technology, e.g. cooling systems therefor

Abstract

A garden bed with cold frame, the garden bed including a number of wall panel members connected relative to one another via intervening posts, each post having at least a pair of channels therein for receiving a portion of a wall panel member, each channel having a pair of spaced apart flanges and at least one linking wall, the cold frame having a body with an open top and bottom and an upper lid to selectively close the open top of the cold frame, the open bottom having at least one edge portion adapted to at least abut at least some of the posts of the garden bed in order to position the cold frame relative to the garden bed. m

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1 2013204052 11 Apr 2013
A GARDEN BED WITH COLD FRAME TECHNICAL FIELD
[0001] The present invention relates to garden beds, particularly raised garden beds and more particularly to a garden bed with a cold frame associated therewith.
BACKGROUND ART
[0002] Raised garden beds are well known and widely used around the world for the growing or different plants typically in domestic settings, such as in yards of houses and the like.
[0003] One issue faced with growing plants in raised garden beds is that the garden beds are typically outside, exposed to the elements and the plants can sometimes face harsh conditions or at least conditions which place stress on the plant, particularly young plants.
[0004] Undergoing harsh conditions adversely affects the young plants and can cause stunted or slowed growth, reduced fruit or delayed fruiting.
[0005] It will be clearly understood that, if a prior art publication is referred to herein, this reference does not constitute an admission that the publication forms part of the common general knowledge in the art in Australia or in any other country.
SUMMARY OF INVENTION
[0006] The present invention is directed to a garden bed with cold frame, which may at least partially overcome at least one of the abovementioned disadvantages or provide the consumer with a useful or commercial choice.
[0007] With the foregoing in view, the present invention in one form, resides broadly in a garden bed with cold frame, the garden bed including a number of wall panel members connected relative to one another via intervening posts, each post having at least a pair of channels therein for receiving a portion of a wall panel member, each channel having a pair of spaced apart flanges and at least one linking wall, the cold frame having a body with an open top and bottom and an upper lid to selectively close the open top of the cold frame, the open bottom having at least one edge portion adapted to at least abut at least some of the posts of the garden bed in order to position the cold frame relative to the garden bed.
[0008] The garden bed of the present invention will preferably include a number of elongate, substantially planar wall members. Each wall member typically has a pair of end edges 2 2013204052 11 Apr 2013 which fits into an edge channel. The edge of the wall member will preferably have a plurality of spaced apart projections which extend laterally from the wall member. The edge channel will normally have a pair of spaced apart, substantially parallel flanges between which the edge of a wall member is received and an abutment shoulder on at least one of the substantially parallel flanges in order to engage the projections on the wall member to allow passage thereof in a first direction but prevent passage in a second, opposite direction.
[0009] The first direction will typically be orthogonal to the height of the post as will the second direction. The wall member and post can also be moved relative to one another in both directions parallel to the height of the post, by sliding [0010] The enclosure of the present invention will preferably be modular. It is particularly preferred that the enclosure could be capable of packaging in what has come to be known as a "flat pack" with assembly by the user required.
[0011] Although the components of the present invention can typically be assembled by sliding the wall member relative to the edge channel, and/or a snapfit assembly with both physical and audible feedback of the engagement.
[0012] Generally, the wall members will run between spaced apart posts. The wall members may overlap with one another but this will typically be limited to a vertical overlap rather than a horizontal overlap in order to eliminate the use of fasteners between wall members.
[0013] The components of the present invention allow formation of a variety of different shapes for example rectangular, triangular or an enclosure having more than four sides. The enclosure may also be circular with one wall member and one post being provided.
[0014] The wall members of the enclosure of the present invention are not required to be of the same dimension. For example, the height of some of the wall panels may be greater than that of others in order to offer shade, function as a windbreak or to provide privacy in a particular direction.
[0015] The enclosure of the present invention may be sold with accessories (or the accessories may be sold separately and simply used with the enclosure). Accessories can be used to attach to wall panels or to posts in order to support shade cloth, workbenches, or for tool storage or the like as examples only.
[0016] The enclosure of the present invention includes at least one elongate, substantially 3 2013204052 11 Apr 2013 planar wall member. Each at least one wall member preferably has an end edge which is received into at least one edge channel on the at least one post member. The end edge of the wall member preferably has a plurality of spaced apart projections which extend from at least one, and typically each, side of the wall member.
[0017] The wall members may be panel members. Typically, the wall members are substantially planar. The term "substantially planar" does not require that the wall members be flat and includes corrugated wall members which typically provide enhanced strength.
[0018] The wall members or panel members will typically be generally rectangular with a pair of end edges and a top and bottom edge. Typically, the end edges will be at least partially received into the edge channel in the post member.
[0019] The panel member can be a continuous panel member such as a steel sheet. The steel sheet is usually profiled or corrugated to provide strength and rigidity. The steel sheet can be treated to prevent corrosion and can be painted, profiled, and the like. Any profile may be used. Typically, the wall members will be either roll formed or extruded.
[0020] Other materials may be used to form the wall panels such as aluminium, plastic, fibreglass or timber as examples.
[0021] The panel can comprise a non-continuous panel and this could include wire grid panels, panels with openings in them, or perforated panels.
[0022] The panel can comprise one or more sheets and can include double thickness panels, triple thickness panels, strengthened panels, and the like.
[0023] Panels can have varying sizes and shapes and vary in thickness and profile depending on the use of the panel.
[0024] The edges of the wall panels will preferably have a safety edge provided. Typically, the safety edge will be provided to the top and bottom edges. The end edges are normally received into the edge channel, and therefore, a safety edge is not normally provided on these edges. Forming a safety edge typically involves folding of the edge of the wall panel back on itself to leave an arcuate fold exposed.
[0025] For an edge of the panel member where it is desired to attach an edge channel, there is provided a plurality of spaced apart projections. As mentioned above, this will typically be on or adjacent the end edges of the wall panel although, capping may be provided on the top and/or 4 bottom edges and therefore, these edges may also include a plurality of spaced apart projections. 2013204052 11 Apr 2013 [0026] In one form, these projections comprise lugs which can be punched out from the panel member. Other types of projections are also envisaged but punched out lugs at this stage are considered to be the most convenient and cost-effective way to form the projections.
[0027] The projections are spaced apart and the distance between projections, the size of the projections, the shape of the projections, can be varied to suit the type of attachment required. That is, if the attachment is meant to be very secure, more projections than usual can be used.
[0028] Alternatively, the size of the projections can be increased to provide a better locking action.
[0029] It is preferred that projections extend from each side of the panel member such that the panel member can lock to each side of the edge channel which can provide a more secure locking action.
[0030] To improve the locking strength between the edge channel and the panel member, it is preferred that the plurality of spaced apart projections on the panel member are spaced somewhat from the edge of the panel member. That is, the more metal there is between the projection and the edge of the panel member, the lower will be the chance of the projections becoming torn away.
[0031] The enclosure of the present invention also includes at least one post member having at least one edge channel. Each edge channel has a pair of spaced apart, substantially parallel flanges between which the edge of a wall member is received and an abutment shoulder on at least one of the substantially parallel flanges in order to engage the projections on the wall member to allow passage thereof in a first direction but prevent passage in a second, opposite direction.
[0032] Each post member will normally have at least one linking wall extending between the spaced apart, substantially parallel flanges in order to maintain the spacing between the flanges. Typically, a single linking wall is provided which defines the end of each of the channels. The linking wall preferably extends over the height of the post. Normally the linking wall extends perpendicularly to the flanges.
[0033] It can clearly be seen that the wall member can be slidingly engaged with the edge channel and/or a snapfit engagement could be used. 5 2013204052 11 Apr 2013 [0034] The post member of the present invention is typically elongate with a constant cross-section over its length/height. An extrusion process is preferred for forming the post member.
[0035] The post member can be formed from any material including metal, but a plastic, particularly an impact modified, UV stabilised plastic is preferred. A particularly preferred plastic is unplasticised polyvinylchloride (uPVC) also known as rigid PVC.
[0036] The post member may be provided with an end cap and/or a foot. Where provided, the end cap or foot will preferably be a push fit component with a portion adapted to be received in the or each edge channel in order to retain the end cap or foot relative to the post. The end cap or foot will preferably be manufactured from plastic. A friction or interference fit is preferred in order to allow for the end cap or foot to be removed relatively easily from the post member.
[0037] Typically, each post member will include at least a pair of edge channels. The edge channels may be at any angle relative to one another with the angle between the edge channels chosen in order to provide walls or partitions at particular angles relative to one another to form the enclosure or partitions within the enclosure. For example, a post may be provided with three edge channels approximately 60° apart, four edge channels approximately 90° apart, three edge channels 90° apart, two edge channels 180° apart, two edge channels 150° apart, two edge channels 120° apart or two edge channels at 90° apart.
[0038] A typical channel shape is one which is substantially U-shaped having a pair of spaced apart substantially parallel side flanges and a connecting or linking member (this can be a bottom wall or top wall or edge wall depending on how the channel is used).
[0039] The channel length, cross-section size and thickness can vary to suit and the channel can also be coated or otherwise treated to prevent corrosion (dependent on material used) or provide a decorative appearance. The channel can be provided with drainage slots or apertures, if desired.
[0040] The ends of the side flanges may be tapered in order to guide the wall or panel member thereinto.
[0041] The edge channel has at least one abutment shoulder against which the projections on the panel member can lock. The at least one abutment shoulder can comprise a return lip on the periphery of at least one and preferably both of the side walls of the edge channel. The return lip can be readily roll-formed or otherwise formed into the edge channel. 6 2013204052 11 Apr 2013 [0042] It is possible for the edge channel to contain a separate projection which can be attached by spot-welding, adhesives or fasteners. This separate projection can be installed at the factory, if desired.
[0043] To provide a secure locking action, the abutment shoulder may be or include a projection on each side wall of the edge channel such that the panel member can be locked against both side walls of the edge channel.
[0044] The projection in the edge channel will need to be correspondingly positioned to allow it to engage with the projections on the panel member. For this reason, it is preferred that the projections on the edge channel are adjacent the outer most portion of the edge channel which in turn allows the projections on the panel member to be somewhat spaced from the edge of the panel member.
[0045] Alternatively, the edge channel may have a receiving opening on each side wall of edge channel such that the projections or protrusions of the wall panel can be at least partially received therein.
[0046] In a particular form, the receiving opening may be substantially U-shaped and extend perpendicularly to the plane of the wall member. In this configuration, one wall of the U-shaped receiving opening will typically form the abutment shoulder. Movement of the wall panel laterally into the opening between the flanges is possible with some small temporary deformation of either the projections on the wall member or the flanges of the edge channel required to allow the projections to pass. Once the projections are aligned with the receiving openings, the deformation typically ceases allowing the natural bias of the materials used to prevent removal of the projections from the receiving openings in a lateral direction.
[0047] The wall panel can be removed from the post member by sliding the wall panel or the post upwardly or downwardly relative to one another.
[0048] Stop means may also be provided within the edge channel in order to prevent insertion of the wall member into the edge channel too far.
[0049] In order to allow the edge channel and the panel member to push-lock together, it is preferred that the edge channel has a degree of resiliency to allow it to expand somewhat to accommodate the projections.
[0050] Alternatively, the projections can have a degree of resiliency and it is envisaged that 7 2013204052 11 Apr 2013 in a further alternative both the edge channel and the panel member can be resilient to some extent.
[0051] The wall member can be inserted into the edge channel in any direction, for example horizontally, vertically or at an angle thereto with one end of the post engaging the wall member initially and working towards the other end.
[0052] A cold frame preferably is an at least partially transmissive and preferably partially transparent enclosure, normally used to protect plants from adverse weather, primarily excessive cold or wet. Any one or more of the walls or top, or at least a portion of any one or more of the walls or top may be at least partially transmissive and preferably partially transparent.
[0053] The transparent portions admit light and prevents heat escape via convection that may otherwise occur, particularly at night. Basically, a cold frame functions as a miniature greenhouse to extend the growing season.
[0054] Cold frame construction is a common home or farm building project, although kits and commercial systems are available. Normally, a frame is provided with walls or panels between to define the enclosure. The enclosure is normally open on the bottom or closed by the ground or other surface. Growth media can be placed directly into the cold frame to a level that is spaced from the top or roof allowing room for growth. Normally however, the cold frame will be located above a garden bed containing growth media. It is anticipated that the cold frame of the present invention could be used to house items such as seed trays or shelved plants above the garden bed containing the growth media and plants.
[0055] According to the present invention, the cold frame includes a body with an open top and bottom and an upper lid to selectively close the open top of the cold frame, the open bottom having at least one edge portion adapted to at least abut at least some of the posts of the garden bed in order to position the cold frame relative to the garden bed.
[0056] Normally, the body is defined by a number of wall or panel members which are connected relative to one another by one or more frame members. Normally, the frame members are or include posts which connect the wall or panel members relative to one another to define the enclosure.
[0057] According to a preferred embodiment, the walls and top or roof of the enclosure are preferably partially transparent in order to allow some like to pass through. The walls and top or roof of the enclosure are preferably shaped in order to diffuse the light passing. A surface effect 8 2013204052 11 Apr 2013 may be provided on one or more of the walls and/or top wall roof of the enclosure to diffuse the light as it passes through.
[0058] The top or roof of the enclosure is also preferably provided with a surround frame formed from a number of members attached relative to one another in order to protect the edge of the top or roof.
[0059] The top wall roof is preferably hinged to one or more of the walls in order to provide access to the enclosure. Normally, one or more hinges are provided at a rear high point of the enclosure.
[0060] The top or roof is preferably sloped towards the winter sun to capture more light, and to improve runoff of water. One or more spacing members may be provided in association with any one or more of the walls in order to at least temporarily prop the top or roof open such that space is provided between the top or roof and the upper edge of any one or more of the wall or panel members.
[0061] The walls and top or roof of the enclosure can be made of glass. However, plastic, rigid, fluted or sheeting, can be used in place of glass.
[0062] Preferably, the respective lower edges of each of the walls are provided with a frame member. The lower edge of each of the walls and/or the frame members provided in association there with a typically adapted to at least abut, and preferably engage a portion of each of the posts of the garden bed. According to a particularly preferred embodiment, the lower frame members of the cold frame will be at least partially received in an opening defined by each of the posts, particularly at a comer portion thereof.
[0063] Preferably, the linking wall of each post is provided with a depression or rebate therein and a lower portion of the cold frame is received in this depression or rebate. In this way, the cold frame can be directly supported by the posts of the garden bed for stability. Preferably, the depression or rebate is sized to receive the lower portion of the cold frame therein relatively closely in order to prevent or limit the cold frame moving relative to the posts and thereby, relative to the garden bed.
[0064] A shaped cap will preferably be provided relative to each post in order to close the open end of the post as well as abut the cold frame when fitted in order to further prevent or limit movement of the cold frame relative to the posts. 9 2013204052 11 Apr 2013 [0065] According to a first preferred embodiment, an attachment cap is provided relative to each of the posts. In a preferred form, the attachment cap to attach a cold frame to a raised garden bed is substantially L-shaped in section with a capping portion to overlie an upper edge of a post of the garden bed with a shaped inner edge to abut a comer of the cold frame and at least one outer depending flange portion to at least partially about an outer surface of the post of the garden bed.
[0066] The attachment cap is substantially L-shaped in section having a capping portion and a depending flange approximately perpendicular to one another. This will preferably allow the capping portion to cover the end of the post and the depending flange to be parallel to and preferably abut an outer surface of the post.
[0067] The attachment cap is preferably shaped according to the shape of the post which will in turn be shaped according to the shape of the garden bed and/or the cold frame. Different shaped garden beds and cold frames will require posts of different shapes, typically having the flanges of the posts and different angles. For example, as referred to above, a rectangular garden bed will typically have posts in which the flanges are at approximately 90° to one another whereas a hexagonal shaped garden bed will typically have a post in which the flanges are at approximately 120° to one another. The attachment cap will therefore typically be shaped according to the shape of the respective post.
[0068] The attachment cap will normally be manufactured as a single piece item. Normally, the attachment cap will be manufactured from plastic or light metal.
[0069] The at least one outer depending flange portion is preferably shaped to correspond with the external shape of the post. There may additionally be one or more secondary flanges provided in order to abut an inner surface or portion of the post as well in order to receive a portion of the post between the outer depending flange portion and a secondary flange in order to secure the cap relative to the post, particularly against movement in a lateral direction.
[0070] One or more attachment lugs may be provided on the attachment cap. Typically, any attachment lugs are provided adjacent the inner edge which abuts the cold frame and preferably, at least a portion of each attachment lug is coplanar with the inner edge of the attachment cap.
[0071] Preferably, at least two attachment lugs are provided, at least one relative to each channel of the post.
[0072] Typically, each of the attachment lugs is substantially L-shaped with an upstand ίο 2013204052 11 Apr 2013 portion extending substantially perpendicularly to the capping portion of the attachment cap and an engagement portion extending at an angle to the upstand portion. Preferably, an inner surface of the upstand portion is co-planar with the inner edge of the capping portion.
[0073] The engagement portion normally has a lower surface that will engage or at least abut a portion of a lower frame member of the preferred cold frame. According to a particularly preferred embodiment, a portion of the lower surface of the engagement portion will overlie an upper edge of a lower frame member of the cold frame.
[0074] Alternatively, engagement openings may be provided in a portion of the cold frame and preferably in a frame member of the cold frame in order to at least partially receive an end portion of the engagement portion of an attachment lug.
[0075] A shaped projection may be provided on the attachment cap of a preferred embodiment which extends coplanar to the capping portion. The shaped projection may be received in a notch or receiving opening in a portion of the cold frame and preferably in a frame member of the cold frame. Preferably, the shaped projection extends from a corner of the attachment cap.
[0076] In use, the raised garden bed having the particular opening is provided in the linking wall of each post will be assembled as will the cold frame. The cold frame will then normally be placed in position relative to the raised garden bed with the respective comers of the cold frame located in the opening in each post. The preferred attachment cap will then be provided to abut the cold frame and the post in order to hold the cold frame relative to the raised garden bed.
[0077] The raised garden bed and/or cold frame may be provided in a flat pack and typically will require assembly prior to use.
[0078] Any of the features described herein can be combined in any combination with any one or more of the other features described herein within the scope of the invention.
[0079] The reference to any prior art in this specification is not, and should not be taken as an acknowledgement or any form of suggestion that the prior art forms part of the common general knowledge.
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[0080] Various embodiments of the invention will be described with reference to the following drawings, in which: 11 2013204052 11 Apr 2013 [0081] Figure 1 is an axonometric view of a garden bed with a cold frame according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention with the lid raised [0082] Figure 2 is an alternative axonometric view of the garden bed with cold frame as illustrated in Figure 1 with the lid closed.
[0083] Figure 3 is a detailed axonometric view of the garden bed and cold frame illustrated in Figure 1 with the lid in the open condition showing the spacing member of a preferred embodiment.
[0084] Figure 4 is a detailed view of a post of the garden bed illustrated in Figure 1 showing the position of the cold frame thereon.
[0085] Figure 5 is a detailed view of the configuration illustrated in Figure 4 but with a post cap fitted.
[0086] Figure 6 is a schematic view of a preferred engagement between a preferred wall panel with a preferred 120° post.
[0087] Figure 7 is an end view of a preferred 90° post according to an aspect of the present invention.
[0088] Figure 8 is an isometric view of a first preferred embodiment of a post cap according to the present invention.
[0089] Figure 8 A is a plan view of the post cap illustrated in Figure 8.
[0090] Figure 8B is a side elevation view of the post cap illustrated in Figure 8.
[0091] Figure 9 is an isometric view of a second preferred embodiment of a post cap according to the present invention.
[0092] Figure 9A is a transparent illustration of the post cap illustrated in Figure 9.
[0093] Figure 9B is a plan view of the post cap illustrated in Figure 9.
[0094] Figure 10 is an elevated front view of the post cap illustrated in Figure 8.
[0095] Figure 11 is an axonometric view of the post cap illustrated in Figure 10.
[0096] Figure 12 is an alternative axonometric view of the post cap illustrated in Figure 10. 12 2013204052 11 Apr 2013 [0097] Figure 13 is a detailed view of the post of a preferred embodiment showing the receiving notch for receiving a lower edge portion of the cold frame.
[0098] Figure 14 is a detailed view of the configuration in Figure 13 with a post cap of the second preferred embodiment fitted to the post.
[0099] Figure 15 is a detailed view of a post of the garden bed illustrated in Figure 1 showing the position of the cold frame thereon and with a post cap of the embodiment illustrated in Figure 8 fitted thereto.
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[00100] According to a particularly preferred embodiment of the present invention, a raised garden bed 10 with associated cold frame 11 is provided.
[00101] The garden bed 10 and cold frame 11 illustrated in the accompanying Figures and particularly Figures 1 to 3 is rectangular in shape and includes four wall panel members 12 connected relative to one another via intervening posts 13. In the preferred form illustrated in Figures 6, 7 and 13 in particular, each post 13 has a pair of channels 14 therein for receiving a portion of a wall panel member 12. Each channel 14 has a pair of spaced apart flanges 15 and a linking wall 16. The cold frame has a rectangular body defined by a number of walls 17 with an open top and bottom and an upper lid 18 to selectively close the open top of the cold frame 11. Importantly, cold frame has a lower edge portion at each comer thereof which is adapted to at least abut at least some of the posts 13 of the garden bed 10 in order to position the cold frame 11 relative to the garden bed 10.
[00102] Each of the posts of the garden bed includes a pair of edge channels 14. Each edge channel 14 has a pair of spaced apart, substantially parallel flanges 15 between which the edge of a wall member 13 is received and an abutment cavity 19 with a shoulder 20 is provided on each of the substantially parallel flanges 15 in order to engage projections on the wall member 13 to allow passage thereof in a first direction but prevent passage in a second, opposite direction.
[0100] As best seen in Figures 13, each post 13 has a linking wall 14 extending between the spaced apart, substantially parallel flanges 15 in order to maintain the spacing between the flanges 15.
[0101] The wall member 12 can be inserted into the edge channel 14 of the post 13 in any direction, for example horizontally, vertically or at an angle thereto with one end of the post 13 13 engaging the wall member 12 initially and working towards the other end. 2013204052 11 Apr 2013 [0102] The preferred cold frame 11 is an at least partially transmissive and preferably partially transparent enclosure, normally used to protect plants from adverse weather, primarily excessive cold or wet. The transparent portions admit light and prevents heat escape via convection that may otherwise occur, particularly at night.
[0103] According to the preferred embodiment, the cold frame 11 includes a body defined by four walls 17 with an open top and bottom and an upper lid 18 to selectively close the open top. Normally, the wall members 17 are connected relative to one another by one or more frame members 21.
[0104] The lid 18 of the illustrated cold frame is provided with a surround frame formed from a number of members attached relative to one another in order to protect the edge of the top or roof. The same construction is provided for each wall 17 as well.
[0105] The lid is hinged to the rear walls in order to provide access to the cold frame. The lid 17 is sloped towards the front (normally oriented facing the winter sun) to capture more light and to improve runoff of water. A pair of spacing members 22 is provided in Figures 1 and 2to at least temporarily prop of the top or roof open such that space is provided between the top or roof and the upper edge of any one or more of the wall members 12.
[0106] The respective lower edges of each of the walls are each provided with a lower frame member.
[0107] Preferably, the linking wall 14 of each post 13 is provided with a depression or rebate 23 therein and the lower edge of the cold frame at each comer is received in this depression or rebate 23. In this way, the cold frame 11 is directly supported by the posts 13 of the garden bed 10 for stability.
[0108] Each post member of the illustrated embodiment can provided with an end cap 24. A shaped cap is provided relative to each post in Figure 5 in order to close the open end of the post 13 as well as abut the cold frame 11 when fitted in order to further prevent or limit movement of the cold frame 11 relative to the posts 13.
[0109] According to a first preferred embodiment illustrated in Figures 7 to 7B, an attachment cap is provided relative to each of the posts. In the preferred form, the attachment cap 24 is substantially L-shaped in section with a capping portion 25 to overlie an upper edge of 14 2013204052 11 Apr 2013 a post of the garden bed with a shaped inner edge 26 to abut a corner of the cold frame 11 and an outer depending flange portion 27 to at least abut an outer surface of the post of the garden bed.
[0110] The outer depending flange portion 27 is preferably shaped to correspond with the external shape of the post 13. In the illustrated embodiments, the outer depending flange portion 27 has a shaped portion 28 for receiving the abutment cavity 19 of the post.
[0111] According to a second embodiment of the attachment cap illustrated in Figures 8, 8A, 8B and 10 to 12, attachment lugs 29 are provided on the attachment cap to positively engage the cold frame rather than simply abutting the cold frame 11.
[0112] Each of the attachment lugs 29 illustrated is substantially L-shaped with an upstand portion 30 extending substantially perpendicularly to the capping portion 25 of the attachment cap and an engagement portion 31 extending at an angle to the upstand portion 30. As illustrated in the Figures, an inner surface of the upstand portion 30 is co-planar with the inner edge of the capping portion 25.
[0113] The engagement portion normally has a lower surface that abuts a portion of a lower frame member of the preferred cold frame. According to a particularly preferred embodiment, a portion of the lower surface of the engagement portion will overlie an upper edge of a lower frame member of the cold frame.
[0114] A shaped projection 32 may be provided on the attachment cap of a preferred embodiment which extends coplanar to the capping portion. The shaped projection may be received in a notch or receiving opening in a portion of the cold frame and preferably in a frame member of the cold frame. Preferably, the shaped projection extends from a comer of the attachment cap.
[00103] Figure 15 is a detailed view of a post of the garden bed illustrated in Figure 1 showing the position of the cold frame thereon and with a post cap of the embodiment illustrated in Figure 8 fitted thereto.
[0100] It can be seen from this Figure that according to this embodiment of the invention, the frame members at the lower edge of the cold frame do not meet at the comer of the cold frame and that the upright comer frame member has a particularly preferred shape which allows the engagement of the lugs with the frame members at the lower edge and provides a shaped recess into which the shaped projection 32 is received. This provides stability to the cold frame. 2013204052 11 Apr 2013 15 [0101] In use, the raised garden bed having the particular opening is provided in the linking wall of each post will be assembled as will the cold frame. The cold frame will then normally be placed in position relative to the raised garden bed with the respective corners of the cold frame located in the opening in each post. The preferred attachment cap will then be provided to abut the cold frame and the post in order to hold the cold frame relative to the raised garden bed.
[0102] The raised garden bed and/or cold frame may be provided in a flat pack and typically will require assembly prior to use.
[0103] In the present specification and claims (if any), the word ‘comprising’ and its derivatives including ‘comprises’ and ‘comprise’ include each of the stated integers but does not exclude the inclusion of one or more further integers.
[0104] Reference throughout this specification to ‘one embodiment’ or ‘an embodiment’ means that a particular feature, structure, or characteristic described in connection with the embodiment is included in at least one embodiment of the present invention. Thus, the appearance of the phrases ‘in one embodiment’ or ‘in an embodiment’ in various places throughout this specification are not necessarily all referring to the same embodiment. Furthermore, the particular features, structures, or characteristics may be combined in any suitable manner in one or more combinations.
[0105] In compliance with the statute, the invention has been described in language more or less specific to structural or methodical features. It is to be understood that the invention is not limited to specific features shown or described since the means herein described comprises preferred forms of putting the invention into effect. The invention is, therefore, claimed in any of its forms or modifications within the proper scope of the appended claims (if any) appropriately interpreted by those skilled in the art.

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1. A garden bed with cold frame, the garden bed including a number of wall panel members connected relative to one another via intervening posts, each post having at least a pair of channels therein for receiving a portion of a wall panel member, each channel having a pair of spaced apart flanges and at least one linking wall, the cold frame having a body with an open top and bottom and an upper lid to selectively close the open top of the cold frame, the open bottom having at least one edge portion adapted to at least abut at least some of the posts of the garden bed in order to position the cold frame relative to the garden bed.
2. A garden bed with cold frame as claimed in claim 1 wherein the at least one edge portion abuts at least one linking wall of at least one post of the garden bed.
3. A garden bed with cold frame as claimed in claim 2 wherein the at least one linking wall includes a recess to receive the at least one edge portion.
4. A garden bed with cold frame as claimed in any one of the preceding claims wherein the garden bed is configured for assembly without tools.
5. A garden bed with cold frame as claimed in any one of the preceding claims wherein the cold frame is an at least partially transmissive enclosure, in which at least a portion of any one or more of the walls or top is at least partially transmissive.
6. A garden bed with cold frame as claimed in claim 5 wherein a surface effect is provided on one or more of the walls and/or top wall roof of the enclosure to diffuse light as it passes through.
7. A garden bed with cold frame as claimed in any one of the preceding claims wherein the top wall of the cold frame is hinged to one or more of the walls in order to provide access to the enclosure.
8. A garden bed with cold frame as claimed in any one of the preceding claims wherein the top wall of the cold frame is sloped.
9. A garden bed with cold frame as claimed in any one of the preceding claims further including a shaped cap provided relative to each post in order to close the open end of the post as well as abut the cold frame when fitted.
10. A garden bed with cold frame as claimed in claim 9 wherein the attachment cap to attach a cold frame to a raised garden bed is substantially L-shaped in section with a capping portion to overlie an upper edge of a post of the garden bed with a shaped inner edge to abut a comer of the cold frame and at least one outer depending flange portion to at least partially about an outer surface of the post of the garden bed.
11. A garden bed with cold frame as claimed in claim 10 wherein the attachment cap is substantially L-shaped in section having a capping portion and a depending flange approximately perpendicular to one another.
12. A garden bed with cold frame as claimed in claim 10 or claim 11 wherein the attachment cap is shaped according to the shape of the post which will in turn be shaped according to the shape of the garden bed and/or the cold frame.
13. A garden bed with cold frame as claimed in any one of claims 10 to 12 wherein the at least one outer depending flange portion is shaped to correspond with an external shape of the post of the garden bed.
14. A garden bed with cold frame as claimed in claim 13 wherein one or more secondary flanges are provided on the attachment cap in order to abut an inner surface or portion of the post as well in order to receive a portion of the post between the outer depending flange portion and a secondary flange in order to secure the cap relative to the post.
15. A garden bed with cold frame as claimed in any one of claims 10 to 14 wherein one or more attachment lugs are provided on the attachment cap adjacent an inner edge which abuts the cold frame to hold the cold frame relative to the attachment cap and thereby to the garden bed.
16. A garden bed with cold frame as claimed in claim 15 wherein each of the attachment lugs is substantially L-shaped with an upstand portion extending substantially perpendicularly to the capping portion of the attachment cap and an engagement portion extending at an angle to the upstand portion.
17. A garden bed with cold frame as claimed in claim 16 wherein the engagement portion has a lower surface to engage or at least abut a portion of the cold frame.
18. A garden bed with cold frame as claimed in any one of claims 10 to 17wherein a shaped projection is provided on the attachment cap which extends coplanar to the capping portion to be received in a notch or receiving opening in a portion of the cold frame.
19. A garden bed with cold frame as claimed in any one of the preceding claims wherein the raised garden bed and cold frame are provided in a flat pack and require assembly prior to use.
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