Using the Hotbed Planting-Season Extender in Your Garden

Nothing gives you a head start on spring — not to mention close long-season veggie varieties — like the tried-and-true hotbed. Now MOTHER tells you how to get the most out of this classic planting-season extender.

Garden hotbed season extender
Since I inevitably end up with more garden plantings than I can use, I plant the excess in the empty hotbed. These plants provide us with fresh vegetables well into the fall, weeks after our garden plants have stopped producing.
Seedlings settled in their cozy winter bed.
The author checks his young plants in early spring, after having planted seeds in these wooden crates months before. With the help of horse manure, a little timely watering and plastic or glass sashing, you can create a miniature greenhouse to jump-start a healthy and robust spring garden.
Daughter Lisa helps to transfer young seedlings from wooden crates.

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