Extended season

Monday, November 15, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 5:12 a.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

As winter approaches, workers at MU’s Bradford Farm prepare for colder weather.

Preparation includes covering plants, which can allow them to live through several frosts, said MU research associate James Quinn.

“Often we’ll get a frost in October, but it’ll warm back up, so you can take advantage of that,” said superintendent Tim Reinhott.

Vegetables grow in high tunnels used to extend the growing season. The temperature in the high tunnels is increased 10-12 degrees, and covering plants with floating row covers increases the temperature another 10 degrees, Reinhott said.

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