Flower Field with Row Covers

February 12, 2015

Farmers are always talking about the weather and this February is no exception. What started out as a mild but cloudy winter has turned into a bitterly cold winter in February.  Since we don’t have a high tunnel or a greenhouse for growing winter crops, we use low tunnels or hoops covered with row covers to protect the plants. February night temperatures have been dropping into the single digits.  What most folks don’t realize however is that the extra cold nights are often accompanied by high wind gusts of over 30 mph and the challenge is to keep the row covers from blowing off.  If the plants are at a vulnerable stage and the row covers are lifted by the wind, the plants can sustain heavy damage.   We've used sandbags, bricks, cement blocks, metal stakes, clips, rocks, soil....whatever to anchor the row covers.

Field with Row Covers

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