Show Us Your 'Prettified' Row Covers, Hoops, Rain Blankets

blameitontherain(8 PNW wetandwetta)September 11, 2009

Hi.

I posted this on another forum and someone guided me to this one as more appropriate. Wow! The potagers you all have created are brilliant! I am so glad to find you!

Are you the opposite of Gunilla Knutson? Instead of embracing the zen of "take it off, take it aaaaall off", do you cover up your tomatoes and other heat-loving, rain- hating plants? In this part of the world, it really helps to cover up in early Spring and to provide shelter from the fall rains prior to our first frost, but I don't want to destroy the aesthetics of my potager* with anything too unsightly. If any of you use protective devices in creative or attractive ways**, I would love to see your photos!

With great excitement and anticipation,

Rain

*you'd think it would have occurred to me to search out a forum with the name of "Potager Gardens", non?

*c'mon, get your mind out of the gutter!

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donnabaskets(Zone 8a, Central MS)

Other than neat, I wouldn't call my row covers pretty. I use tomato cages as the hoop part and lay the white row covers over them.

    Bookmark   September 21, 2009 at 12:57PM
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blameitontherain(8 PNW wetandwetta)

Thanks for the response, donnabaskets.

There must be a more aesthetically pleasing way to way to protect tender plants. I thought of using rows of glass cloches but they're expensive (like $75.00 each for the larger sizes). The plastic ones don't appeal to me and I'm not keen on plastic in our organic garden.

Hmm, any other ideas?

Rain

    Bookmark   September 21, 2009 at 6:43PM
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girlgroupgirl(8 ATL)

My protective devices would probably not suit your athetic needs. I have PVC hoops covered with all manner of psychedelic thrift store sheets and a layer of plastic over top of that. I don't much care at that point for pretty, I just want to eat!

GGG

    Bookmark   September 25, 2009 at 12:02AM
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lavender_lass(4b)

You might try looking at Jennifer Bartley's book on potagers. As I recall, she covered almost every topic and had lots of pictures.

Pretty is nice, but functional is also important. I always have to balance these out with cost, so aesthetic isn't always the first consideration, but good luck on your row covers!

    Bookmark   September 25, 2009 at 2:25PM
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blameitontherain(8 PNW wetandwetta)

Thanks for the tip, lavender lass. I'll check it out of the library and give it a look-sie over the weekend.

Rain

    Bookmark   September 26, 2009 at 4:05PM
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