Here in zone 6a New England, the growing season is so short. By the end of November, trees have shed their leaves and plants have gone into hibernation mode. When the ground starts to freeze and the days become shorter, us gardeners turn to houseplants and planning next year’s harvest. Although that can be very enjoyable, I really wanted to try something new! I decided to try extending my growing season deep into the chilliest months. I grow vegetables and herbs during the summer months in a raised garden bed. Adding a hoop house to this already built bed is rather inexpensive and relatively easy to maintain. I spent some time doing research online and looking at some helpful books, and then dove right in! Although I am unsure at the moment of the amount of growing success I will have, I’ve decided to enjoy it and just give it a try. This is the year for trial and error with a modest budget. If all I gain from this is knowledge, I will still be satisfied!