Protecting seedlings from wind.

Christy BellFebruary 26, 2011

Last year I had struggles protecting my little seedlings from the massive wind out here in the plains. Any suggestions for protection this year? I'm on my second year of gardening and do not have raised beds - only rows.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Dan Staley

Hoops and fabric. I was just outside struggling with the wind and plastic over the cabbage.

Dan

    Bookmark   February 26, 2011 at 10:18AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
treebarb Z5 Denver

I've used garden benches laid with the backs on the ground and put bricks and blocks on for weight. I have some big heavy crocks and flower pots that I've turned over and lined up in a row to build temporary wind walls with. I have stacked landscape timbers and retaining wall block protecting some of my favorite roses now. The trick is to make sure your wind break doesn't blow over and squash your plants.
You do get creative when it comes to protecting favorite plants from the wind.
Barb

    Bookmark   February 26, 2011 at 8:59PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
colokid(5)

I use 5 gal buckets with the bottom cut out. Some times it is necessary to weight them with something like a 2 by 4 or better yet, a steel fence post or steel pipe. Cut two little notches to keep the pipe from rolling off.
In cold weather, place an old hub cap on top.
My standard saying is "put a bucket over them and a rock on the bucket".
KennyP in NE Colorado.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2011 at 9:39PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
gjcore(zone 5 Aurora Co)

Maybe a natural windbreak? A few rows of rye if planted in September would be tall enough to deflect some of the wind along the ground in the spring.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2011 at 9:48PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
dsieber(z5 (Lakewood CO))

I have had good luck with straw bails.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2011 at 10:37AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Christy Bell

I think I'm going to go with fabric and hoops (will help with frost as well). Do you think that this type of fabric would work? It says it's good for temps down to 28 degrees and helps with wind/heat.

Here is a link that might be useful: Fabric

    Bookmark   February 27, 2011 at 10:45AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Dan Staley

The weight is fine, with a 6' width you can cover a row only about 3' wide, as you have height and extra at the ends (to secure) to consider. Better is the 7' widths, altho Nick's in Aurora sells it in a 10x10 bolt (no shipping and local business, too).

Dan

    Bookmark   February 27, 2011 at 1:06PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
RMG - How do I do it -- Where do I find it thread!
Hi all, I just thought I'd start a thread here for...
Skybird - z5, Denver, Colorado
Adding zone to your user name
First make sure you are logged into Houzz. Click on...
gjcore
Roses for the Front Range- Highly recommended type
Everyone, I'd highly recommend that you check out Buck...
richsd
How much light for seedlings...
I've started plants indoors as always. I have my seedlings...
bob_in_colorado
Hope you all found it alright!!
I think we need to do a roll call. Is anyone else reeling...
ZachS. z5 Littleton, CO
Sponsored Products
Stainless Steel Bathroom Retractable Clothes Line
TheBathOutlet
Scavo Green Tech Lighting MonoRail Pendant
Euro Style Lighting
DENY Designs Clara Nilles Candy Stripe Zebras Outdoor Throw Pillow Multicolor -
$49.00 | Hayneedle
DreamLine Enigma-Z 56 to 59-inch Frameless Sliding Tub Door
Overstock.com
Keops Ceiling/Wall Combo by Carpyen
$396.00 | Lumens
Home Decorators Indoor/Outdoor Home Decorators Collection Rugs Adirondack
$69.00 | Home Depot
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™