By Bobbie Whitehead
Gardeners wanting to extend their growing season can do so by using row covers, or plant protection blankets, as well as building simple unheated greenhouses called hoop houses.
Row covers enable growers to either plant earlier in the spring or continue to grow into the winter because the lightweight covers hold in more heat, protecting the plants from frost while allowing them to profit from the sun and rain.
Hoop houses, however, can enable growers to plant and harvest certain crops year round, some experts say.
For the small or large garden, growers can find any number of row covers at gardening supply centers.
Among the types of row covers, gardeners can choose from a variety with some that allow for more sunlight than others, greater air circulation to keep plants from overheating as well as protection from pests.