The Q&A Archives: Row Cover

Question: I would like to no where a person can get the material used for floating row covers and is it very expensive? For about how long do you use it and when should you take it off the plants?

Answer: Floating row cover material is a spun-bound polyester fabric that's available in several lengths and sizes. It's a good investment because, if you're careful, you can use it up to four years. To keep insects from feeding on your veggie plants, place the row cover over the bed immediately after seeding or transplanting. You can leave it on all season for plants that don't flower (radishes, carrots, broccoli, etc.) and don't need pollination. If you're growing plants that blossom and set fruit, you need to remove the row cover as soon as the plants begin to flower (to allow insects to transfer the pollen from flower to flower). Floating row cover material is available from: Gardener's Supply, 128 Intervale Rd., Burlington, VT 05401-2804, phone (800) 863-1700, or Gardens Alive, 5100 Schenley Pl., Lawrenceburg, IN 47025. Phone (812) 537-8650.

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