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The 12-Month Gardener: Simple Strategies for Extending Your Growing Season
     

The 12-Month Gardener: Simple Strategies for Extending Your Growing Season

by Jeff Ashton, Joe Rhatigan (Editor), Olivier Rollin (Illustrator)
 
Just because the frost is setting in doesn't mean you have to abandon your garden for the winter. There's no mystery involved in lengthening the time that your plants grow in spite of the weather. Simply provide protection with the basic constructions you'll learn to put together here. If you had known it was this easy, you would have tried it sooner!

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Just because the frost is setting in doesn't mean you have to abandon your garden for the winter. There's no mystery involved in lengthening the time that your plants grow in spite of the weather. Simply provide protection with the basic constructions you'll learn to put together here. If you had known it was this easy, you would have tried it sooner!

Recently developed gauze-like fabrics -- the simplest, most cost-effective option -- are fabulous for starting seeds. Stretch the fabric, or a sheet of plastic, over a simple framework and you have a tunnel, which will protect full beds of salad greens, as well as tall kale and mustards.

Flexible and inexpensive, stoop houses cover a wider area, and enable you to work and harvest inside them. And you can create one in a day or less! Another choice is homemade cloches. They can be something as simple as a one-gallon plastic juice bottle with the bottom cut out. Easy to move around and store, they're best when you want to protect individual plants.

If you're looking for something more permanent, try cold frames or greenhouses. A cold frame is essentially a bottomless box with a transparent top, and it's your best investment for a long-term structure that will fill all your needs. Greenhouses are big enough to grow a significant amount of food, and they allow for better insulation, as well as rock and heat storage.

Finally, common sense and innovation converge in a chapter that focuses specifically on other useful strategies you can implement in your garden to increase yield, save time, and create a more invigorating gardening experience that doesn't have to end at the first signs of winter.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781579901936
Publisher:
Sterling Publishing
Publication date:
12/31/2001
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
136
Product dimensions:
8.88(w) x 10.48(h) x 0.61(d)

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