The autumn garden - winding down and planning ahead


Garlic, planted in autumn, is one of the first plants to sprout in early spring.

When frost chills the air and leaves begin to glow, gardeners usually resign themselves to clean-up and harvest preservation. However, autumn is an ideal time to put creativity to work, both to extend this growing season and for a head start on the next.

Cold frames and hoop houses are easy to construct (layers of plastic supported by lightweight frames), and act like mini-greenhouses.