We don’t have to limit our growing and harvesting season just to those few short summer months. Many gardeners are now successfully growing and harvesting almost year round. Here are a few basics and below you’ll find some good links to read more.
- Choose crops for their cold hardiness.
- Add some sort of winter-protection such as a cold frame, a simple greenhouse, the quick-hoop system (or in the fall and spring, just a layer or two of floating row cover). The goal of these options is to capture some of the earth’s natural warmth, especially at night, and block the chilling, drying effect of wind.
- Or extend the underground warmth by protecting root crops for example with bales or heavy layers of straw.
Extending the growing season resources – courtesy of Dr Amy Turnbull