With four or more straw bales and a piece of clear plastic, you can make a cold frame.
Lay your bales around the perimeter of your garden bed. Cover the bales with heavy clear plastic, weighing it down. Once the weather is warm enough, use the straw as mulch. At the end of the season, til the mulch in to loosen the soil.
We have all experienced some appetite fatigue after working through the Thanksgiving leftovers but imagine months of nothing but pinto beans and white rice. The point is VARIETY. You are better off with six months of choices than a year of the same old thing.