Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


[/td][/tr][/table]
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» New England April 2017
by CAgirlinMA Today at 1:35 pm

» I Killed It!
by newbeone Today at 1:15 pm

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by countrynaturals Today at 12:10 pm

» Amaranth
by trolleydriver Today at 12:04 pm

» California's Drought
by countrynaturals Today at 11:52 am

» Please comment on the plant layout for 2017
by Jaffa55 Today at 11:51 am

» Hullo from SW Ohio
by MBroman Today at 11:32 am

» N & C Midwest: April 2017!
by MBroman Today at 11:22 am

» 2017: First full year of SFGing in ND
by Robbomb116 Today at 10:52 am

» Hello from SE Michigan
by Cindy G Today at 10:31 am

» Geezer's 17
by RC3291 Today at 10:03 am

» Senseless Banter...
by AtlantaMarie Today at 7:41 am

» Ants.
by AtlantaMarie Today at 7:37 am

» to solarize, or not...I'm torn
by AtlantaMarie Today at 7:27 am

» garden ready need better weather
by sanderson Today at 1:26 am

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in April 2017?
by Kelejan Today at 1:12 am

» 2017 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by yolos Yesterday at 11:14 pm

» Old roots
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 9:10 pm

» Sub Irrigation Planter
by CitizenKate Yesterday at 8:24 pm

» Volunteer Lettuce?
by donnainzone5 Yesterday at 5:29 pm

» Carrot Week 2017!
by newbeone Yesterday at 3:34 pm

» Worm Tube?
by sanderson Yesterday at 3:32 pm

» Jaffa's garden - year one
by RC3291 Yesterday at 3:16 pm

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 8:54 am

» Pallet Wacking
by sanderson Yesterday at 3:13 am

» EWWWWW.........bugs and stuff...good or not so good?
by sanderson Yesterday at 2:54 am

» April 2015: What to plant in No. California/Central Valley area
by audrey.jeanne.roberts 4/24/2017, 8:22 pm

» Mel's Mix shows it is worth its weight in gold
by sanderson 4/24/2017, 4:10 pm

» An excellent read for those with Diabetes
by RoOsTeR 4/24/2017, 2:33 pm

» cucumber beetles
by BeetlesPerSqFt 4/23/2017, 7:48 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

When to cover with plastic?

View previous topic View next topic Go down

When to cover with plastic?

Post  Tris on 3/19/2013, 3:36 pm

Sorry, I searched best I could.
I planted a bunch of stuff that is within the planting time given by my location, all except tomato seedlings which can't be out until after the last frost. Everything else was seeds. Do I still need to cover them all the time? The weather ranges from 40-60.

I'm just confused if the planting guide thinks I'm planting outside or if its suggesting to plant in a greenhouse on these times.
avatar
Tris

Posts : 134
Join date : 2013-03-03
Location : North Carolina

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: When to cover with plastic?

Post  CapeCoddess on 3/19/2013, 3:57 pm

Last year, my first SFG year, I covered my beds with anything I could find whenever I hear that the temps were dipping below 40. That may have been a bit overzealous as I believe you don't have to cover until freezing. I think this year I will cover everything but spinach and peas under 36.

Most of mine are covered at the moment as I'm trying to warm up the soil for seedlings.


CC
avatar
CapeCoddess

Posts : 5808
Join date : 2012-05-20
Age : 61
Location : elbow of the Cape, MA, Zone 6b/7a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: When to cover with plastic?

Post  Tris on 3/19/2013, 4:00 pm

Ooops I didn't warm up the soil. Its a lovely 62 out there though...

It dips down at nights, sometimes into the 30's, would I want to cover it during the day to catch the heat for the night, or does just covering at night help?
avatar
Tris

Posts : 134
Join date : 2013-03-03
Location : North Carolina

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: When to cover with plastic?

Post  CapeCoddess on 3/19/2013, 4:12 pm

6o's??? Wow...that's about as nice as it can be for spring crops. No worries with 60's! Be careful if you do cover as it can get pretty hot in there. You may not see it in my photo above but those windows aren't flush to the boxes or each other...there are gaps. You don't want to cook your veggies...until you're ready to eat them. Laughing

CC
avatar
CapeCoddess

Posts : 5808
Join date : 2012-05-20
Age : 61
Location : elbow of the Cape, MA, Zone 6b/7a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: When to cover with plastic?

Post  happycamper on 3/19/2013, 4:29 pm

CapeCoddess is right. With spring crops I would not cover them if your temps are in the 60's. My plastic is rolled down on my beds and waiting for the next night we dip below freezing here (celery survived 28 degrees last week much to my surprise).
For spring crops you are safe and do not to cover as long as you are above freezing. Warm weather crops such as tomatoes and peppers would require covering at night if your temps are getting in the 30's.
avatar
happycamper

Female Posts : 304
Join date : 2010-05-26
Location : East County Portland, OR

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: When to cover with plastic?

Post  Tris on 3/19/2013, 4:32 pm

Thank you!
avatar
Tris

Posts : 134
Join date : 2013-03-03
Location : North Carolina

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: When to cover with plastic?

Post  bnoles on 3/19/2013, 7:34 pm

My rule of thumb has been to cover only at night when frost or light freeze is forecasted. I leave them uncovered otherwise and have all kinds of veggies making their debut from seeds and transplants.

bnoles

Male Posts : 804
Join date : 2012-08-16
Location : North GA Mountains Zone 7A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: When to cover with plastic?

Post  donnainzone5 on 3/19/2013, 8:44 pm

Around here, the forecasters are wrong more often than right. If they predict temps of 40F or below, I cover.

Light rain was predicted for tonight, but it's currently raining moderately. I suspect that snow is on its way.
avatar
donnainzone5

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 2067
Join date : 2010-03-02
Age : 69
Location : Bend, OR (Zone 5-6)

View user profile http://www.amway.com/DonnaKBecker

Back to top Go down

Re: When to cover with plastic?

Post  Tris on 3/19/2013, 9:25 pm

My paper says to start the cucumbers end of april, but do you think I could start them now too and cover when it gets in the 40's/30's?

I ran out to finish covering the other one and opened to the one I had, after about an hour or 2 it was probably about 80 in there! Quite toasty. I let it air out and covered them both at about 4, its in the shade by 5 so that way it'll trap a little heat for tonight and maybe warm the dirt for my seeds Smile I'll open back up in the morning Very Happy
avatar
Tris

Posts : 134
Join date : 2013-03-03
Location : North Carolina

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: When to cover with plastic?

Post  walshevak on 3/20/2013, 12:21 am

Tris, It is too early to plant summer veggies outside in our area right now. Cukes, squash, peppers, tomatos, beans, melons, okra, soybeans, eggplant all need warmer nights than you are getting yet. I just checked and Elizabeth City is supposed to get a frost on Thurs night. Stick to the cool weather things til the first of April. However, you can start all of that summer stuff in the house if you want.

Kay

____________________________

A WEED IS A FLOWER GROWING IN THE WRONG PLACE
Elizabeth City, NC
Find more about Weather in Elizabeth City, NC
Click for weather forecast
avatar
walshevak

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 4339
Join date : 2010-10-17
Age : 74
Location : wilmington, nc zone 8

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: When to cover with plastic?

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum