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Garden know-how: Extend your growing season

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • With a little know-how, innovative, do-it-yourself “season stretchers” in your garden can help extend your veggie-growing potential well beyond the norm for your plant hardiness zone and facilitate a much earlier harvest
  • Whether they’re small enough for just one plant or for a whole row, mini greenhouses and cloche ideas can protect young plants while forcing faster growth
  • A cloche, cold frame or garden tunnel can increase productivity by as much as six weeks, both early in the season when a late frost might surprise you and in the fall to give already-producing plants a chance to produce more
  • Other ideas include painting water bottles flat black and placing them next to plants in the garden so they can absorb the warmth of daytime sun, then release their warmth at night

No matter where you live, if you enjoy gardening and grow your own vegetables, herbs and other plants, you probably wish the season were longer. Who doesn't love picking luscious red tomatoes right off the vine, or finding an abundance of crisp, green cucumbers hiding under their fanlike foliage?


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