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.

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.