Winter Homesteading - Protecting Plants in the Cold


I have to start this post off by saying that I have it easy. I live in Phoenix, Arizona and honestly, winter is really, really mild. In a post I did the other day on finding your first and last frost dates, I pointed out that the Old Farmer's Almanac can't even give dates for first and last freeze for Phoenix because it is so unpredictable and sometimes doesn't even happen! Crazy. I know.
That said, winter (and DEFINITELY fall) are prime growing season for us. We cannot grow much at all during the summer so we rely heavily on fall, winter and spring to bring in our harvest. That is why being prepared to protect our plants from frost and/or freeze is so important.
On our homestead we rely on: hoop houses, row cover and our cold frame.
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