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.
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Seedlings settled in their cozy winter bed.
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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.
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Daughter Lisa helps to transfer young seedlings from wooden crates.
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