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Using Cold Frames to Extend the Growing Season

By Sustainability Office on October 16, 2013

In Upstate New York, the gardening season can sometimes feel extremely short.  The average time between the last frost in the Spring and the first frost in the Fall is about 144 days… not even half of a year!

Cold frames are structures designed to extend the growing season in cold climate gardening. They can be used at the start of a season, or at the end of a season. They are smaller than typical greenhouses, easy to move around the garden or even place over existing plants or shrubs.

Visit Organic Gardening’s website for some terrific information about cold frames and how you can extend your own gardening season.

Green Thumbs and the Colgate Community Garden team will also be hosting an event this weekend to learn more about cold frames. There are many different ways to create a cold frame that will suit your gardening needs, and we will be building 2 different ones on Sunday.

The event will take place on Sunday, October 20 at 4:30 pm at the Colgate Community Garden behind the Newell apartments on College Street.  Come on down and see how easy it can be to add an extra 30-60 days to your own growing season!  Hope to see you there!


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