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Techniques for Extending the Season

  • Date: Monday, August 11, 2014
  • Time: 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
  • Location: Luther College, Location TBD

Did you know that it’s possible to harvest crops from your garden after the frost? Some things like spinach, cilantro, kale, swiss chard, carrots and rutabaga actually get sweeter after the temperatures drop below freezing. Luther graduate Collin Thompson has been the assistant garden manager at River Root Farm for the past three seasons and in that time has gained significant knowledge on how to grow food in cold weather. He will provide participants with tips for how to properly cover cold-hardy crops so that you can enjoy them well into October or even November. Did you know that all you might need to extend the seasons on your crops are some coat hangers or electrical conduit and fabric crop cover? In some cases, the season can be extended simply by digging up herbs and putting them in pots that can go on a sunny windowsill inside. Collin will be on hand to walk participants through multiple methods for seasonal extension, as well as to provide information on where to purchase the necessary materials.

Instructor: Collin Thompson, River Root Farm


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