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Organic Gardening: DIY row cover

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Shenandoah Valley, VA
(Zone 6b)

March 17, 2006
4:08 PM

Post #2118779

We had leftover concrete reinforcing wire from making tomato cages, and used a length of it to rig this row cover to keep my lettuce seedlings safe from the chicken bandits. It works well in a bed without wood borders too. We covered it with last year's Reemay and clipped it on with clothespins, anchoring the ends of the tunnel with rocks. It held up in some serious March winds, hardly budging at all. To harvest the lettuce inside or weed, spray, whatever, you just unclip a bit of the Reemay: the wire is the kind with 6" spaces between wires so you can reach right in. You could easily up the frost protection with another weight cover, or plastic, or another layer.

Just in case anyone wants a cheapo option...

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San Antonio, TX
(Zone 8b)

March 18, 2006
9:17 PM

Post #2121527

Looks good! Effective, too.
Ijamsville, MD
(Zone 6b)

March 27, 2006
3:02 AM

Post #2141526

very cool - I have some mesh wire and last years Reemay. As long as the wire doesn't want to bend back up we are good for the eggplant flea beetles are evil and must be stopped!

Thanks Zeppy!
Moorhead, MN
(Zone 4a)

April 6, 2006
5:59 PM

Post #2168856

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Claremore, OK
(Zone 6a)

February 27, 2007
2:48 AM

Post #3228781

I've never done row covers before. So I'm not familiar with Reemay. What is it, where do you get it, and how expensive is it ?

I've got some lettuce started under a grow light in the house, but would like to put it out as soon as I can manage to keep it alive in the garden. Row covers might help me get it done a little earlier, especially since I have several raised beds.
Saylorsburg, PA
(Zone 6a)

February 27, 2007
5:12 AM

Post #3229167

Reemay is simply a non spun white garden cloth. I usually get mine at Pinetree Garden Seeds. ( out of Maine. It's called Floating Row covers in their catalogue. I buy it by the foot. If you google "Reemay cloth" you will come up with sites like that sell it. I use it over my lettuce when the weather gets very hot so the sun doesn't wilt it. It is great with squash, cabbage, eggplant or any veggie that is prone to bugs. I don't know what I would do without it!

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