Posts Tagged ‘fall gardening’
The crispness of the air is a signal that gardening season is coming to a close. Some plants thrive in hot weather such as tomatoes and peppers while others falter when hotter weather is present. These cool season plants or cole crops include kale, lettuces, spinach, peas, cauliflower, and broccoli to name a few. Typically the cooler the temperature the better these cole crops like it but…Freezing temperatures can be the down fall for these plants. The solution to this temperature dilemma and the never-ending question of how to extend the growing season is the use of a cold frame greenhouse.
How a cold frame works is very similar to how a greenhouse works. Both utilize solar radiation to create heat in an enclosed space. But unlike a greenhouse a cold frame can utilize soil temperature along with solar radiation to keep things warm. And temperature can be regulated by simply opening up the window during the day and closing at night.
As a dedicated gardener, the last thing you should do is slow down once fall comes into the picture. Of course, Mother Nature doesn’t always cooperate, but in any case, you shouldn’t let the season take the wind out of your sails. Now is a better time than ever to extend your vegetable and flower garden. Some even say that the best crops are grown during the warm days and cold nights. A touch of frost can add sugary sweetness to collards, parsnips, Jerusalem artichokes, carrots, Brussels sprouts and sweet corn.
Fall gardening does require some adjustments on your part, but as long as you have the right equipment and an open frame of mind for learning tips and tricks, it can be a fun and rewarding time of year.