September 2, 2014

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Teaching kids how to extend the summer harvest

It's August and blazing hot, and your kids may be more interested in the local swimming hole than they are in the garden. But in just a few weeks, autumn temperatures will bring relief and, for some folks, an end to the growing season. The cooler weather also means fewer ripe vegetables to pick each day, and you and your child or grandchild may want to protect a few favorite plants to extend your fresh harvests as long as possible. And often there's a tangible bonus to extending the season - nurse your plants through a few chilly nights, and you may be rewarded by a glorious period of Indian summer that keeps the veggie harvest coming in.