This week has been full of reminders of what spring in Montana is like. Snow and more snow. Almost everyday we woke up to snow. We were just above the snow line. Spring will not happen for us until the snow line moves up another 1,000 feet. For us that means sometime in June. Today it feels like an eternity into the future.
As much as I am ready to turn the soil and put seeds in the ground I know that we will have night-time freezes for weeks to come. For some reason this year I am not ready to wait that long. It means that I am going to need to explore season extenders that will work with my low temperatures, occasional snow, regular frosts, howling winds and a small budget. No putting seedlings in the ground and covering them occasionally with sheets. This is going to take a plan and daily effort to get things to go all the way to harvest.
So I hope you will follow along and give me your thoughts and suggestions as I figure out how to extend my growing season on a shoestring.