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Floating Row Cover

Floating row cover is a lightweight blanket for your plants.  It’s an easy way to extend your growing season.  It also provides some protection from damaging winds and insects.

With row cover, you can plant earlier in the spring.  Your seeds will germinate faster and the plants will get off to a better start.  Unfortunately, weeds will also grow much faster.  It’s easy to lose track of the progress that the weeds are making with the row cover to hide their dirty work.

That being said, I still love this product.  Besides early spring growth, fall plantings grow better, and your vegetables will last longer in the soil.  In the late fall, you can double, triple, or add even more layers to increase the protection.

The highest quality of row cover I’ve found is called Agribon.  Agribon is made in several different weights.  Agribon 19 offers several degrees of frost protection. I have had 12-15 degrees of protection with this product.  Agribon 19 also allows 85% of light transmission.

Ø      83 inches wide (almost 7 feet) by 25 feet long

Ø      Made of white spun bonded polypropylene

Ø      Lightweight and can be laid directly on plants

Ø      Captures warmth resulting in healthier plant growth and earlier yields

Ø      Lasts at least two seasons, depending on care

Ø      Allows 85% of light to transmit

Ø      Water permeable

Ø       Lay loosely over plants leaving room for plants to grow.  Anchor with rocks and/or dirt.  No hoops or support needed.

Here is Agribon 19 on Amazon.com.