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6/24/19 9:44 P

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Old windows are easy to find in our area.

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6/14/19 6:59 P

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I'll have to look into cold frames! The planting season feels so short to me. Maybe I just need to move to a state where I could garden year round lol

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6/11/19 6:44 P

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I did this at my old house, but the man that bought our home had built it for me and wanted to keep it.

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6/11/19 3:22 P

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I live in Illinois too. One thing you could try which would extend the growing season, though not make it all year long, is to make a cold frame. They are pretty simple to make, especially if you can get hold of some old windows. I don't have instructions but I'm sure you can find plenty online. You just have to make sure you are able to open it somewhat on warm sunny days. My brother made a simple greenhouse using wood for the frame and thick plastic to cover it all. It wasn't designed to work year round, but did help to be able to move seedlings outside earlier. Some greenhouses also have heaters, which you'd need if you wanted to use them year round, but that would definitely increase the cost.

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I kive my xontainer gaedening

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I think it would have to wait a couple years at least while I get the hang of gardening. I don't want to take on so much that I'm overwhelmed. I live in Illinois and I like the idea of being able to grow through the winter months, but I'll have to know how to grow through the summer months first lol. I might start with a small one and if that works out maybe go bigger later. As of right now I have one raised bed and am already wondering what in the world is going on at every turn lol, but it has been very enjoyable and relaxing so far. The book I read definitely made it all sound much easier than it is, that's for sure!

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My friend has one about 6 foot square. she has had some problems. Last years she put in some veggies that had white flies and it wiped our all her veggies. this year she has had to take out and repalace all soil before planting for this season. I have looked at one much smaller more for moving in plants during colder weather

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Iím a new gardener and Iím working out and planning my landscaping for the back yard. Itís a nice sized yard and although I do have kids, they donít really use it, so it seemed perfect to make a little gardening oasis of my own back there. I was wondering if it would be worth it to put in a greenhouse? I donít want to put one in if itíll be more hassle than itís worth, but I donít know anyone who has one, so I donít know who I can get opinions from about them. Iím really only interested in growing food, not so much flowers. Idk if that makes a difference at all. Does anyone have any experience or advice regarding whether or not it would be a good idea it to have a small greenhouse in the yard?

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