Extending the Season
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There is a time for everything. In life, as in the garden, we understand this perfectly, and yet, how often we try to defy adversity and accelerate the start of the garden season or go beyond what is allowed. Yes, gardeners are one of the most tenacious people I know, and that’s what I love about us!

In addition to a little blind luck, there are a few easy-to-use techniques that increase the chances of success when extending the season. To begin with, these techniques can be applied to annual plants, vegetables, herbs and even shrubs. You just need to adapt these guidelines to the plants you want to protect.

A simple starting point, knowing that you will exceed the limits of the growing season, is to look for varieties considered “cold resistant”. Simply planting annuals or vegetables that tolerate low temperatures better than some of their less winter-hardy counterparts may be enough to save your plants a little more time. This requires a little research before going to a garden center, but most seed companies regularly publish this information in catalogs and online.

Another method that I often use is to apply a thick layer of organic mulch around the base of all my plants. This not only warms the roots, but also helps to keep the soil temperature at a more uniform level and can reduce the chances of freezing or swelling of the soil. In some matters, as in the matter of spinach or strawberries, I cover the entire plant with a layer of mulch to create an additional protective barrier for the roots and foliage.

Plant fences are another effective way to conserve and lock in a few extra degrees of heat while protecting plants from frost at the end of the season. Commonly known as Floating bed liners, this material is usually made from lightweight spinning or nylon. In some matters, the material is so light that it can be laid directly on the plants, so that it seems to hover. In almost all matters, I prefer to maintain the coating of the beds with metal wire or PVC pipes inserted into the beds. The covering material for the beds is placed on the supports of the frame at a height of a few centimeters to a foot above the plants. It is then tightened and fixed on all edges with brick, soil or whatever you have, which is comfortable and strong enough to hold it.

The material of the bed cover is designed for the transmission of light, water and air, while providing a protective barrier against frost and pests. When the sides are completely tied around the bed, you can keep a few more degrees of heat, which can affect the survival of weakly resistant plants.

As for insulation, ceilings, plastic, buckets and the like can provide the necessary protection on frosty nights. The two main points to keep in mind are that the coating protects the foliage by protecting it from frost and that it extends to the ground. This last step is very important because it allows you to capture the heat from the soil – an important element when you are trying to protect your plants by adding a few extra degrees under the shelter.

I have seen a lot of commercial remedies of this problem, as well as countless homemade versions of the same thing. However, with the exception of garden sheds, if a fence is installed on your plant(s) at night, you should remove it the next morning or at least create heat dissipation facilities. Otherwise, efforts to save your plants can backfire as soon as the sun rises. The same insulating barrier that warms and protects your plants at night can be exactly what will make your plants boil the next day, especially when using plastic. Direct sunlight and a closed plant can create a deadly combination if you are not careful. Even in cold weather.

If time and energy allow, potted plants provide maximum mobility, which allows them to repel “Jack Frost” plants. The ability to transfer plants from cold, open soil to a protected shelter and turn them over can prolong their growth for several weeks or more.

Another tip that I often use is to look for the most protected but sunny site for planting annuals, vegetables and shrubs. Called “microclimates” because of their unique small growing environment, in this example they are areas protected from wind, torrential rains, frost or snow. This mini-environment could potentially allow plants to survive outdoors, otherwise they could easily die from deadly frost or other harsh conditions. The microclimate not only offers protection against bad weather, but when planted, such as near a brick or stone wall, the heat absorbed and retained during the day is released at night and the neighboring plants benefit from this exchange.

Cooling frames are another way to provide additional protection in the fall. Imagine a cooling frame like a mini greenhouse. The main requirement is a durable insulating barrier around the plants and a glass or plastic panel that allows sunlight and heat to pass through. However, all cooling frames must provide protection from the heat during the day. Cooling frames can be made of wood, cinder blocks, hay bales, etc.

You can plant plants directly into the ground inside the cooling frame or place seedling spaces or containers there. A sufficiently insulated cooling frame can temporarily extend the growing season and even create an environment that is warm enough to allow tender plants to thrive until spring.

In many regions of the country, it is quite easy to plant plants in soil protected by black plastic to create the necessary growing conditions for plant roots to maintain vitality and productivity when the temperature drops. As a coating, black plastic is the most effective at trapping and retaining heat. It is easy to buy at home improvement centers. It is inexpensive, easy to install and remove at the end of the growing season.

Throughout your season, but that doesn’t mean you should stop gardening just because the temperature drops. Extending the season is a fun and rewarding activity, facilitated by the knowledge of some of the above techniques, easy to apply and giving you even more time to improve your skills next spring.

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