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Mistakes are instructive. Mistakes are instructive. One lesson I've learned about extending the growing season is to plant seeds that are not dependent on pollinators, and another is to not use tomato cages as props for plastic sheets unless one is prepared to go out after each rainfall and empty the pools of water that form in the top of each cage. Next year we plan to run a line between opposite fence poles and drape the plastic over that so it hangs like a tent. Not only will it not collect rain, if we do it correctly I will be able to lift the flap and walk right in.

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