Debi, if removed ALL the rocks from our garden, we'd have no soil.
I started digging out for our basement last fall and hit a rock. A ROCK!! They figure it to be around 100+ tons. It will have to be blasted out. I have a team that does the blasting at our quarry coming out this spring to take care of me. $$$$$$$!!!!!
I used to haul aggregate over the road for a huge asphalt company. They had portable plants all over the country. I swear, besides Weeping Water Nebraska (the biggest solid limestone deposit in the world), these Ozarks have more rock that anywhere I've ever been.
We used planting beds for the last 4 years. I like them. But this year, the misses wants to go back to rows. I don't know why. The garden is hers, so I just takes orders and do what she wants. I just reap the benefits.
Another way to extend your season is to start a little earlier and use row covers, to keep the heat in and the frost out. This particular row cover is white and somewhat like the material you might see under a bed box spring or a recliner. We use it, and then when everything takes off good, we use mosquito netting to keep the bugs off. Everything is watered from soaker hoses.
The garden is 80 X 80, and as soon as we get our new house built and tear this one down, it will grow to about a full acre.
We put up a lot of veggies and meat, because with my job, we never know if I'm going to be off due to weather. And I'm a Teamster, so under the guidelines of our contract, we have to be available for work until 10:00 am. So it's impossible to find alternative day work. And I gave up nights when I came in from driving OTR.
My wife sells plants, honey and eggs for something to do. She's a stay at home Mom and the older and more independent the kids get, the more projects she needs to pass the time. She is a reading machine though. She spends a little time at the library at least every other day. I don't know how she does it. It makes me tired just thinking about it. And the funny thing is; when I met her 14 years ago, she wouldn't even mow her own lawn. She is a country girl though, born and raised on an big Iowa farm, so it doesn't take long to get a farm girl back into the swing of things.
Wow! Talk about getting off the subject....... Your garden/sorta greenhouse sounds nice.