[Market-farming] Holding Down Row Cover

Road's End Farm organic87 at frontiernet.net
Sat May 5 09:23:09 EDT 2012

I use repins, two on each side of each hoop, and find that this works  
in most wind. Occasionally a really strong wind will pull up covers  
and it's necessary to run out and replace pins and/or add rocks or  
other weight. The advantages of the repins are multiple: they allow  
for easy removal and replacement of the row cover; and I can carry  
enough for several hundred feet of row cover easily, in one hand, in a  
five gallon bucket, which means I don't have large quantities of heavy  
bulky stuff to haul into and around the field when placing the row  
cover, or to haul back out of the field when I'm done with it and need  
to mow or disc.

Part of the trick is to make sure the soil is firm (step on loose soil  
to tamp it down before setting pins) and put the two pins at each  
point in at different angles. -- It occurs to me that they may not  
work as well in sandy soil as they do in mine, which has a fair amount  
of clay.

If you have a lot of really strong wind, there are actually heavy  
plastic bags sold for the purpose; they're UV treated and last for  
years. You fill each one with as much soil as you think necessary (or  
as much as you want to pick up over and over). I suppose you could  
empty them when removing from field and refill each time but filling  
them is a nuisance so we don't. They won't tear the plastic and make  
it relatively easy to remove and replace; but it takes a significant  
bulk of them (once full) to weight down a few rows of row cover and  
they're a lot harder to schlep around than the repins. I think that  
would also apply to rebar and bricks, though; and the smooth plastic  
doesn't rip the covers.

-- Rivka; Finger Lakes NY, Zone 6A now I think
Fresh-market organic produce, small scale

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