While at the Mother Earth News Fair this year, I managed to spend some time at the workshops (I couldn't last time we went due to having small children along for the ride.) One that I went to was about intensive gardening practices and how to extend the growing season and volume year round. While many of the practices she espoused were ones I already did, it confirmed my thought that you need hoops in order to really do winter.
I also decided that the amount of manure the chickens produce in a year is too precious for the deep fertilization that is needed for decomposition heat in a hot house/cold frame, I decided against digging a hole and putting in the precious manure. I think my arms and back thank me too.
So here is my new and improved winter growing grounds. I started a fall garden when I pulled the squash and using arugula, lettuce, broccoli, and chard will be added soon. I also decided to use the rest of the squash bed for my garlic, which is that very dark composted area right next to my hoops.