The days are getting shorter, the air colder. What can we do when we want to squeak out a few more weeks of growing?
A simple and fun way to grow vegetables year-round is to use a cold frame. Cold frames are easy to make and handy to use. Many gardeners stretch their growing seasons up to a month before and beyond the usual times, and some even grow throughout the winter. These helpful frames keep frost at bay, and also are useful to help acclimatize seedlings to the outdoors, starting plants early and to grow plants not usually found in your area. By using a cold frame, you can enjoy fresh vegetables such as lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, turnips and carrots all through the year. Cold frames also protect the delicate seedlings and mature plants from animals and do not dry out as quickly as a regular garden.