[Market-farming] Row Cover ??
goodows at infinet.com
Mon Jan 20 07:10:03 EST 2003
I will caution all of you to invest in #9 gauge fence wire and make you
own row cover hoops. I have been messing with row covers on our farm for
about 10 years and have found plants do MUCH better with hoops than
I have also found row covers will not keep bunnies out. Get a couple of
barn cats and a dog for critter control. For the past 3 years we have
had the bunnies get under the row covers and eat the entire early crop
Check out my rowcover page at
http://www.angelfire.com/oh2/boulderbeltcsa/rowcover.html for quite a
bit of info on how to use them and where to get them.
> 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, * 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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