[Market-farming] Row Cover ??

beverly beverly at bidumup.com
Mon Jan 20 17:27:58 EST 2003


Thanks
Beverly
----- Original Message -----
From: "van weldon" <woodduckfarm at ev1.net>
To: <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Monday, January 20, 2003 6:23 AM
Subject: RE: [Market-farming] Row Cover ??


> Beverly
>
> I purchased the 3/4 ounce RC from American Agrifabrics, Alpharetta, GA,
for
> $.16/sq. yd. The roll came in a 11' width so freight was shipped via a
> trucking company, about $80. They will not accept credit cards and rarely
> have  precut supplies so you might have to wait on what you wish. Sorry I
> don't have their # handy.
>
> Van
>
> -----Original Message-----
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> [mailto:market-farming-admin at lists.ibiblio.org]On Behalf Of beverly
> Sent: Sunday, January 19, 2003 4:43 PM
> To: market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org
> Subject: Re: [Market-farming] Row Cover ??
>
>
> Hi,
> 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.
> Beverly
> ----- 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
> raised
> > 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
> being
> > 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
> to
> > 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
> about
> > draping RC directly onto freshly sown beds rather than laying RC over
> hoops?
> > I realize that the latter requires more work and is prone to wind.
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > Van
> > Texas 8b
> >
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