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Row cover, using it to extend the growing season.
Row covers, Using them to extend the growing season.
Row Covers, Using it to extend the growing season. I find so many gardeners that assume that vegetable gardening is mostly for the summer. About 30 years ago, I discovered row covers. Am I really that old?
In the Pacific Northwest Coastal region I first used them to help my hot weather plants get a jump on the growing season. I planted tomatoes and peppers under row covers and it protected them from the cool nights. A good row covering will protect usually at least three degrees. If you double the thickness then it will often protect at least seven or eight degrees.
Experience has taught me that doubling the row cover actually more than doubles the protection.
Since moving to Lexington Kentucky I have used row cover to mostly extend the growing season on my lettuce. I find that the very best lettuce flavor is in the early spring or the fall here in the Southeast. Fall lettuce here in Lexington is sweeter and crisper than even the spring lettuce.
Growing lettuce in the fall is also easier because after a few cooler nights most of the bugs and many of ... more

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