I built some raised beds last fall. Now I’m wondering if it’d be worth adding some type of season extension. Some type of mini low tunnel/greenhouse structure. Ideally tall enough I could use a row cover with in the fall for frost protection of peppers and other sensitive plants plus grow cold tolerant plants later in the fall.
Doing some searching there are tons of different designs. Mostly PVC pipe and some wood structures. My question here - does anyone have any first hand experience with different designs? Pros/cons?
I use agribon on top of some flexible rods (linked below) that I insert into the soil. I add heavy rocks to weigh the agribon down, and overall it seems to work okay for frost protection. A better system would be adding in a hinged mechanism for quick access.
I’m somewhere between 6b/7a. It hit 0F here this winter.
Now that you mention it since your zone is much much colder, a simple fleece might not be that great for most of your winter. You’ll probably need at least a double layer hoop house if you want to be growing something in dead of winter. If you can feed and maintain a large compost pile in the hoop house, you could get some free heat from the composting process.