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Extending the Growing Season

Proper plant protection means that gardeners anywhere can harvest during fall and winter

Fine Gardening - Issue 153

If I had a dollar for every time someone has said, “It’s too cold to grow vegetables in winter,” I could buy myself a heated greenhouse. The truth is that even people in northern regions—like Nova Scotia, where I live—can have a fall and winter garden without the added expense of a heated structure. Late-fall and winter gardens are also low maintenance; there is no need to water, weed, or fertilize from December through March. Harvesting is the only “chore,” and with more than 30 types of cold-hardy vegetables and herbs in our winter garden, even the kids get excited about pulling a rainbow of carrots from a cold frame in January. The key to success is simple: Use the right season extenders to protect plants from harsh and inclement weather.

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