Grow Vegetables Year-Round with Cold Frames

| 9/15/2020 10:37:00 AM

Melissa K. Norris shares her season-extension expertise as part of the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR Cold Frames for Winter Gardening Course. Register to watch her videos and more from some of leading experts in year-round gardening.

Harvesting fresh vegetables from the garden year-round is something almost every gardener dreams of, but for those who garden in northern or cold climates, it seems impossible without a full heated greenhouse.

While a heated greenhouse does give you great options on vegetable choices, the simple use of cold frames and season extenders can help many a climate to extend their growing season without the expense of heat and a permanent structure.

Cold frames are a simple structure placed over plants with typically four sides and a clear top to allow light in. They especially help protect plants from overnight lows and frosts without an artificial heat source, but can also be used during the day in the fall and winter when day-time temps are beneath 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

If cold frames are left on during the day, especially sunny days, you’ll need a way of propping open the lid or allowing some air flow to avoid overheating the plants.

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