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What is a floating row cover or row cover?

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What is a floating row cover or row cover?

Post  Maya Papaya on 5/21/2010, 7:21 pm

I see this term a lot. Are they just talking about a plastic cover like the one I already have constructed? If so, what is meant by the term floating?

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Re: What is a floating row cover or row cover?

Post  Ha-v-v on 5/21/2010, 8:00 pm

Good question Maya !!! I picture floating things like levitation Smile, but figured they were movable like what you have? I love what you have done with your garden !! I love being self sufficient, you are more so !!! Good job and please keep sharing all the pictures, your strawberries looked so good !
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Post  Maya Papaya on 5/21/2010, 8:13 pm

Aww...thanks Hav-v
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Re: What is a floating row cover or row cover?

Post  Ha-v-v on 5/21/2010, 8:17 pm

You are welcome, its encouraging to see others progress. It prods us on Smile
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Re: What is a floating row cover or row cover?

Post  Chopper on 5/21/2010, 8:47 pm

Aha! I always thought floating row covers were those light breathable covers used for insect control. Now I am not sure - unless it is just a generalized term for both.

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Post  timwardell on 5/21/2010, 9:16 pm

I've always known the term to refer to the lightweight fabric that is used to cover crops - not the clear plastic. For example...
http://www.gardeners.com/Row-Covers/5111,default,pg.html
"Garden fabric (also known as row cover or floating row cover) is a good addition to any gardener's tool shed because it can be used in so many ways:
* Protect plants from cold and wind
* Block insects and prevent spread of disease
* Keep soil and plants from overheating
Garden fabric is easy to use: You can drape the cover right over garden plants or use hoops or a wooden frame to support it. Secure the edges of the fabric with soil or use Earth Staples."
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Post  Maya Papaya on 5/21/2010, 9:56 pm

Tim, you're the man for coming through with that info - that is it. Thank you

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Re: What is a floating row cover or row cover?

Post  Ha-v-v on 5/22/2010, 9:28 am

Thank you Maya for asking this question for one and Tim thank you for the info !! I thought.. I will have a trellis system that will work with the floating row cover for bugs !!!! Then it hit me I can do the same for my lettuces with a shade cloth ! I love this forum.
More ideas added to the SFG what more could I ask for ? lolol

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Re: What is a floating row cover or row cover?

Post  1chichi on 5/22/2010, 10:28 am

I used row cover for my lettuce and mustard greens and I love it!
It kept most of the pests out.
It helps keep the wind off of the fragile greens.
Seedlings grow rapidly under it.
I got the idea from The White House Garden.
In winter, they combine the row cover w/ the plastic on top to grow vegetables
(I can't wait to try this!).
Fun videos=
The set up.
http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/features/gardening/2009/12/white_house_vegetable_garden_12.html

The results.
http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/features/gardening/2010/04/white_house_vegetable_garden_u.html


Since, I was ordering seeds from Pinetree (Superseeds), I just ordered 18 ft. of row cover from them at 33 cents/ft
It's fairly thin, kinda tears easily, but still works well. Next time, I will order from somewhere else and get the thicker grade.

Few Links for row cover. If anyone has better choices/prices please post them.

http://www.dripworksusa.com/store/agribon.php?left


https://www.superseeds.com/products.php?search=row cover
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Re: What is a floating row cover or row cover?

Post  Chopper on 5/22/2010, 5:10 pm

Very cool links. I was actually quite excited to see the covers come off and see the results. Too bad they are not intensive gardening like us, but hey it's better than nothing.

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Post  Icemaiden on 5/22/2010, 5:52 pm

@1chichi wrote:It's fairly thin, kinda tears easily, but still works well. Next time, I will order from somewhere else and get the thicker grade.


I've always used the thin sort and but this year bought some of the thicker one. I'm not sure I like it so much. It needs supporting I think as otherwise when it rains it lays flat on the plants, and the rain and can water doesn't seem to go through properly so I have to lift the cover to water. I'm going back to the other sort I think.

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Re: What is a floating row cover or row cover?

Post  Maya Papaya on 5/22/2010, 6:10 pm

SFGing in Iceland! Very cool. Thanks for that info Icemaiden.

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Post  Maya Papaya on 5/22/2010, 6:27 pm

ChiChi, thanks for the resource.

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Re: What is a floating row cover or row cover?

Post  quiltbea on 5/22/2010, 9:37 pm

I think they call it floating row cover because it 'floats' atop the plants without hurting them. It doesn't need staking. It also keeps off the bugs. It also heats up under there a couple of degrees, so when its really hot out, you need to remove them if the crops can't take excessive heat or they're cool-weather like lettuce, spinach and the like that can bolt when it gets too warm.


The heavy row cover is used on cold nites and protects down to 28F degrees, thereby preventing frost damage. I have that as well and it works wonders at the earliest part of the season when cold nites pop up now and again. Come September I'll be using it again to extend my harvests.
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Post  Maya Papaya on 5/22/2010, 10:06 pm

Thanks quiltbea.

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