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Gloria, thanks for the timely article. My husb & I were just discussing over coffee this am about making some sort of protection for a few herbs and veggies to enjoy over the winter in zone 6. We have a small square plot on the south side of our house by a walk out basement. We are going to put something in there or on the deck by the kitchen window. I am thinking the ground would be better for the warmth. What do you guys think?
I could not quite figure out how to use the PVC pipe and the 6 mm double sided plastic, but I will do research to learn more about this.
I would love to grow cilantro, red leaf lettuce, and spinach. There may be other veggies/herbs I could plant, (basil??) but I don't know what they are. I much prefer spinach over swiss chard and don't care for radishes.
Btw, you can take kale leaves, put them on parchment paper, sprinkle with olive oil and salt and roast on 400* oven and they make a real tasty snack.
The toasted kale leaves sound great. I would look for cool season vegetables--Johnny's Select Seeds and The Kitchen Garden have good selections. I don't think basil would do as well as something more hardy--like oregano. Radicchio is a good winter crop. I would search for Eliot Coleman. He is winter gardening in Maine and has lots of great ideas.