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Get a Jump Start on Spring Planting

Start the growing season early with these techniques for protecting tender plants from frost

Frost cloth is one of many techniques for protecting seedlings from cold temperatures in order to start growing them earlier. Photos: Greg Holdsworth

Don’t you just love the spells of warmer days (between storms) that remind us that winter is coming to an end? In the Mountain West, we gardeners know we still have a ways to go before planting our annuals and vegetables, as our frost-free date is mid to late May. But if you have a case of spring fever or you love a good DIY opportunity, now is the time to get handy with a few projects that can jump-start the growing season.

Cold frames

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This cold frame was made from a mix of recycled greenhouse plastic and additional plastic and lumber purchased from a local home improvement center. Inside, frost blankets are providing additional protection to the plants growing underneath. Photos: Michelle Provaznik

Cold frames are one of the best ways to extend the growing season. These multipurpose mini-greenhouses can overwinter perennials and shrubs you didn’t get planted…

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