[Market-farming] Row Cover ??

beverly beverly at bidumup.com
Sun Jan 19 17:43:01 EST 2003

Here in Texas also, the rabbits are really enjoying my greens and lettuce.
Was curious where you got your row cover and about cost. I was thinking
something like cheesecloth might keep those critters away. I intend to use
it without hoops. Thanks for any info.
----- Original Message -----
From: "van weldon" <woodduckfarm at ev1.net>
To: <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Sunday, January 19, 2003 6:00 AM
Subject: [Market-farming] Row Cover ??

> For my first attempt at growing mesclun greens, outside I created 15
> beds 40" wide x 140' long. Each bed has two T tapes laid below 1" of top
> dressed mushroom compost from which I direct seeded 6 rows/bed with an
> Earthway seeder. Every three beds, separated by a large tractor path, was
> successively planted and basically represents one week of proposed
> production and. FYI one bed is lettuce with the other two being greens. I
> purchased 1000' of  22' wide row cover, ¾ ounce, with the intention of
> able to cover each section at a time. My intention was to provide hoops
> about every 12' from each to drape the RC over. Having spoken with growers
> via telephone, I have learned that some growers just lay the RC directly
> upon the beds, no hoops, after sowing the beds and rarely remove it prior
> harvest. The intent of this practice prevents birds from eating seeds,
> buffers compost from eroding during rain storms, reduces soil splash,
> creates a slightly warmer top soil temp. and provides some insect
> protection.
> With my first cuttings beginning last week, I ask is there a consensus
> draping RC directly onto freshly sown beds rather than laying RC over
> I realize that the latter requires more work and is prone to wind.
> Thanks,
> Van
> Texas 8b
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