Most of us want to eat food that not only wet our appetite but also deliver to our body the vitamins and minerals it needs.
We also want this to be inexpensive, am I right?
For a lot of us to satisfy our vegetable needs, we have turned to gardening. I myself started this only a few years ago as the next logical step to both living a more frugal life but also a more sustainable one.
The issueSo then you may ask "what's the issue"?
The answer is "Time". Now I am not talking about time as in my hectic work schedule. I find the best way to unwind after a tough day in the rat race is to go out to the garden and play. The time that I am talking about is the length of the growing season.
As you may be aware, I live in Central Ontario. In my area we have a average last frost date around the 15th of May and a an average first frost around the 5th of October. This gives me roughly 143 days or 20 weeks of growing season.
Now yes, some things like root veggies can handle the frost and kale can even take freezing temps but the progress of these types is very slow.
So how do extend my growing season without moving further south?
Season extensionThere are a few different ways to attempt season extension. The first one is something many gardeners do nearly every year. They start some seeds inside. In some cases this is the only way to get a plentiful harvest of tomatoes and peppers. Some people even go as far as to have a grow room complete with lights so they can grow things indoors all year long.
Another way to extend your season is to use low tunnels or cold frames.
|Cold Frame after planting 24 Oct 15|
My frugal greenhouse
After all was said and done this project cost me roughly $302. Not all cost are accurate as I did not use all of the screws or stain that I purchased and I had the vapour barrier left over already. Not bad if I do say so myself.
If you have found this project interesting take a look at some of my other posts like Why Compost or Our Income Property Journey.
Do you have a story you want to tell, leave me a comment, I would love to hear