Row Covers - keep the frost away as long as possible
Row covers are great for growing mustard greens and other veggies that get chowed by bugs. Now that you've eaten all those greens, pull the row covers over the tomatoes or basil to get a few more days or weeks (you never know around here) out of the summer garden. We will be covering our basil, carrots, beets and tomatoes until we get enough sauce and pesto made or until we are so sick of it that we just let the plants perish in the cold.
These row covers are available from Johnny's Seeds for as little as $16.00 for 83' x 50'. Make sure you buy the heavy grade for maximum warming.
The beets will be pulled up before they get mushy and the carrots will be covered with 2' of hay and left in the ground all winter. We hope to shovel back the snow, roll away the hay and dig carrots all winter. The farmer from whom we bought Spicy, one of the pigs, does this every year and says it works much better than pulling them and storing them in sawdust. We'll see about that and we will of course be documenting it over the winter. But for now we will steal a few more days from summer.
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Posted by Mary Ellen at September 20, 2008 6:54 PM