Season-Extending Garden Techniques...

Thursday, November 1, 2012 by

Article Published by the National Garden Bureau Few gardeners are content with the length of their growing season. In the far North, there’s barely enough time to ripen tomatoes or melons. In the South, drought and intense heat limit gardening activity to the spring and fall months. The good news is that by using a few simple season-extending techniques and plant-protection devices, you can shield your plants from extremes of weather, and stretch your gardening season by two, three or even six months. Wind: If the plants in your garden must battle strong winds, they’ll need to use most of their energy to survive, rather than developing strong root systems and putting on healthy growth. To protect your garden from wind, you can build a wood fence, plant a windbreak of trees and shrubs,...

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