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
» Hi Everyone
by skidmoca Today at 9:07 pm

» Hello from Northern Ontario Eh!
by skidmoca Today at 9:04 pm

» Eggplant - (Japanese) Millionaire
by Scorpio Rising Today at 8:57 pm

» Floating Away and New Seeds!
by Scorpio Rising Today at 8:55 pm

» Happy Birthday!!
by Scorpio Rising Today at 8:48 pm

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by Scorpio Rising Today at 8:47 pm

» ahoy mateys from Arkansas
by Scorpio Rising Today at 8:45 pm

» N&C Midwest: February 2018 !
by Scorpio Rising Today at 8:37 pm

» N&C Midwest: When are your starting seeds?
by Scorpio Rising Today at 8:31 pm

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by sanderson Today at 4:22 pm

» A new SFG fan from Texas
by Mastogarden Today at 9:32 am

» Sowing Experiment! Anyone Tried This?
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 8:49 pm

» Fourth Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 5:13 pm

» Your favorite blackberries or raspberries?
by AtlantaMarie Yesterday at 7:07 am

» Aerogrow by Miracle Grow
by AtlantaMarie Yesterday at 7:05 am

» Seed Organizing Ideas
by AtlantaMarie Yesterday at 7:04 am

» Areogardening
by BeetlesPerSqFt 2/20/2018, 9:54 pm

» 2018 SFG in Brooks, GA
by Scorpio Rising 2/20/2018, 9:39 pm

» has55's R & D Journey
by sanderson 2/20/2018, 1:55 am

» parsnips in square foot garden?
by sanderson 2/20/2018, 1:43 am

» WANTED: Pictures of Compost Bins
by bigdogrock 2/19/2018, 10:28 pm

» The New Square Foot Gardening Foundation page is now online!
by sanderson 2/19/2018, 6:40 pm

» February: What to plant in Northern California and Central Valley areas
by sanderson 2/19/2018, 6:31 pm

» Invasive Tree Roots - Very important topic for newbies.
by sanderson 2/19/2018, 6:23 pm

» excited to be here!
by Kate888 2/19/2018, 2:57 pm

» Butterfly Junction
by sanderson 2/18/2018, 12:16 am

» New England Feb 2018
by sanderson 2/17/2018, 8:14 pm

» TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer
by has55 2/17/2018, 8:17 am

» SUGA 2018
by SQWIB 2/16/2018, 3:15 pm

» LED grow lights......any advice?
by sanderson 2/15/2018, 12:08 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Row Cover Material - garden blankets

Go down

Row Cover Material - garden blankets

Post  ETNRedClay on 4/21/2014, 1:54 pm

So the idea of white row cover material is to warm up the area underneath and increase humidity higher than the surrounding environment.  You extend the growing seasons a little bit each direction.  I'm using row cover material flat and loosely held to the ground (as recommended on the package) to help seed germination.  It increases temps and moisture and seems to work REALLY well for my leafy salad greens, my beans as they get started anyway, and my various roots and bulbs (beets, carrots, parsnips, turnips, kohlrabi, etc.)

Without thinking it through, I covered my early salad greens bed and my early Chinese cabbage bed (which are both WELL established now) with 2' tall pvc and bird mesh frames.  On top of THAT, I covered the flat top section with garden blanket as shade cloth to help LOWER the temperature a bit.  The sides are wide open.

Is this completely misguided?  The same material increases heat and humidity when flat over the plants.  With the 2-foot tall sides wide open for breezes and heat escape, is this the WRONG material for shading?

Thoughts?
avatar
ETNRedClay

Female Posts : 210
Join date : 2013-04-12
Location : East Tennessee of course

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Row Cover Material - garden blankets

Post  quiltbea on 4/21/2014, 5:20 pm

I wouldn't use heat blankets to cover crops as shade devices.  Too hot.  There is light-weight insect barrier that would work well for shade cloth.  But so will cheesecloth or old lace curtains pinned over the crops.  You want to shade the crops from the sun, not cover them.  Stick some bamboo stakes between the crops you want to shade and pin something to them.  I use spring-type clothes pins and office supply binder clips.
In the south when I lived there (Fla) they often used old window screens for shading.  Works well, too.

Above:  Here are several sheets of insect barrier between the sun and my tomatoes last year in early spring when we had the heatwave in the 90s which is too hot for my Maine area.  It saved my crop.


Here's cheesecloth pinned on wire coat hangers to keep the sun off my lettuces to get a longer harvest. That, too, worked well.

You want air circulation around your plants so don't cover them tightly.
avatar
quiltbea

Female Posts : 4705
Join date : 2010-03-21
Age : 75
Location : Southwestern Maine Zone 5A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Row Cover Material - garden blankets

Post  ETNRedClay on 4/21/2014, 11:11 pm

Thank you!  I knew something felt wrong about the blanket idea.  And turns out I have 2 porches worth of screening because a friend cut it out and replaced with windows.  Now I know what I need to do with it.
avatar
ETNRedClay

Female Posts : 210
Join date : 2013-04-12
Location : East Tennessee of course

View user profile

Back to top Go down

do row covers have to be white?

Post  vinylfloorguy on 5/21/2017, 9:26 am

Found some orange curtain  sheers and wondering if they will work as row covers or if the orange color will mess things up
avatar
vinylfloorguy

Posts : 1
Join date : 2013-01-11
Location : north central nebraska

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Row Cover Material - garden blankets

Post  CapeCoddess on 5/21/2017, 11:23 am

Sheers are great for covering plants! I don't know how color affects plants, probably  darker they are the more heat that would be retained, but I would use orange ones regardless.
CC
avatar
CapeCoddess

Posts : 6540
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: Row Cover Material - garden blankets

Post  sanderson on 5/21/2017, 1:44 pm

They should be okay.  I have some light green ones I use on certain trellises.  I have a 12' and 16' shade cloth set up over many of the table tops.

Edit: 12' x 16'

____________________________

Find more about Weather in Fresno, CA
Click for weather forecast
avatar
sanderson

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 15397
Join date : 2013-04-21
Age : 69
Location : Fresno CA Zone 8-9

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Row Cover Material - garden blankets

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

Back to top


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