Season Extenders

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6 Cheap DIY Greenhouses

Designs Inspired By Traditional Shelters
Monday, April 27, 2015, 12:15 PM

A great selection of inexpensive greenhouse ideas that are inspired by simple housing structures.  Time to swap out the canvas on my tipi for greenhouse plastic.

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How to Make a Hoop House

Setting up a simple season extender
Monday, April 21, 2014, 10:10 AM

Whether you are protecting your spring plants from chaotic temperatures / storms or extending your growing season into fall and winter, learning how to build this simple hoop house over your raised beds can help your plants grow better and improve your overall success.

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Cold Frame and Hotbed Gardening

Extend your growing season and grow through the winter
Monday, September 24, 2012, 12:11 PM

A video explaining how to setup a cold frame and hotbed to help grow year round or extend you overall growing season.

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Cold Frame in the snow - Woodman

Extending the Harvest in Your Home Garden

Grow year-round with these simple methods
Tuesday, January 25, 2011, 7:05 PM

One way to improve resiliency as well as quality of life is to grow your own vegetables locally. However, gardeners in northern climates are especially challenged by limited growing seasons. In this brief article I will show examples of how to easily extend and preserve the harvest and have fun doing it.

Why Extend Your Harvest?

Presently we can drive to the supermarket to get nearly anything we want even in winter. The fresh fruits and vegetables we see have often been grown thousands of miles away in a tropical climate and flown in using a lot of energy may not be so cheap or plentiful in the future. As well as potentially reducing dependence on energy, extending the harvest of your own foods has advantages including:

  • Less work and simpler than preserving by canning or freezing
  • Fresher, higher quality than canned
  • Less expensive than supermarket
  • Increased resiliency with the option to of a local food source
  • Controlling your own food sources is more pleasurable and rewarding