Extend the Growing Season

Cold Frame
The view from inside a cold frame in BBG's Herb Garden. Photo by Michael Ratliff.

The first frost is coming soon. But, before you bemoan the end of the growing season, consider building a cold frame so that you can enjoy your own home-grown vegetables throughout the winter months. A cold frame is like a miniature greenhouse. It collects and traps solar energy and converts it to thermal energy (heat), creating an environment that protects tender plants from freezing temperatures.

If history is any indication, Brooklyn can expect its first frost sometime between November 11 and November 20—giving us a little time to get cold frames built and lettuce planted. To learn more about cold frames and how to build one for your yard or garden space, read Extend the Garden with a Cold Frame.

To figure out when frost is coming to your area, websites like Plantmaps.com have handy interactive frost maps that gives street level detail on the average annual first frost dates in New York Sate. If you're curious about frost dates around the country, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has created a frost probability table that provides the probable first dates of frost by state.


Add Your Comment

Please keep your comments relevant to this article. Comments are moderated and will be posted after BBG staff review. Your email address is required; it will not be displayed, but may be needed to confirm your comments.

Name:

Email:


WeddingsGarden News BlogCalendarOnline ShopPress Room

Hours

Tuesday–Friday:
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday:
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Closed Mondays
Closed on Thanksgiving

More Information

Admission

Members Free
Adults $10
Seniors (65 and over) $5
Students with a valid ID $5
Children under 12 Free
Winter Weekdays Free

More Information

Directions

150 Eastern Parkway
990 Washington Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225

subways

Maps, Parking, and Directions

Join BBG

Become a Member

  

BBG Member Benefits
Free Admission, Special Events,
Discounts, and More!