My goal this gardening season is to get some small hoops up over at least one of my garden beds. I’ve been reading about how to grow greens through the winter and it’s really about two warm and comfy layers – a warm row cover and a greenhouse. It’s simple enough to create a small hoop house covered in greenhouse plastic. Even I should be able to construct that!
And it’s equally easy to use row covers. You can see a couple of my garden sections covered with a light row cover in this picture. These row covers add some protection against the cold. It’s not a lot of protection (these are very light row covers) but it’s enough to protect against the cold nights for my lettuce and broccoli.
Using these light row covers at this time of year is a good idea – mostly because they keep out pests and blowing weed seeds. If you’re not using row covers, give it a shot. There’s nothing to it. They allow in water and sunlight and keep out the bad stuff!
We’ll see how it goes this winter when I build the layer system. But for now, the light row covers are helping my plants get a jump start.