How to Use Garden Fabric in spring
For those who do not know how to make use of row cover in spring period, this is your one-stop guide to help you out. The process is a very easy one that does not require much explanation. The first point of call is to prepare the seed and soil area where the transplant will take place. You can place an all-purpose or GardenQuilt fabric by draping it over the hoops or directly on the ground. Nevertheless, we recommend the use of supporting hoops for transplants that are larger such as tomatoes and pepper. The material should not be stretch tightly especially if the row cover is laid directly on the soil. Ensure you give room in the center for expansion as the development of the plants occurs. Once the plants begin to grow it, it will push the cover up. At the edges of the fabric, you can mound soil to keep the cover in their right place. After this, fold the edges and balance it with the earth staples. If you are making use of hoops as a support, ensure to pull the cover taut against the hoops. The fabric can be a clip to the hoops by using clothespins in the eventuality of wind become a threat. You should monitor the seedling for fertilizer and moisture needs. Pull back the cover of the floating blanket for weeding or thinning.
Once the weather begins to warm up, confirm that the plants are not overheated. This is very important as it comes to cool weather plants like broccoli and lettuce. Take off the row cover if you observe signs of overheating such as leaf damage, wilting, or blossom drop. The moment the seedlings have adjusted to the outside and the frost threat has been scaled through; you can take off the GardenQuilt or all-purpose garden fabric from the beds. To protect it against insect throughout the growing season, you can use the Summerweight Fabric. This can be left until the period of harvesting.
Do not forget about Pollination!
Crops such as squash, pumpkins, beans, strawberries, and peas need pollination for them to produce a harvest. When the row cover is used in covering these crops, the moment flower begins to sprout; you should lift the fabric temporarily from the beds in the day to allow the bee to do their work. Plants that carry out a self-pollination such as tomatoes can be kept cover. Nevertheless, be conscious of the temperature under the floating blankets. Tomato pollen has the tendency to become sterile when the temperatures are about 85°F. During the day, there is need to lift the cover to allow excess heat going out.
Protection against Insect
Floating blanket has the capacity of keeping insect pests off from crops as long as the plants are covered completely and with edges pinned securely to the ground. This will block potato beetles, root maggots, grasshoppers, cabbage worms, Japanese beetles, leafminers, and some vine borers. If insect eggs are laid before the cover is applied, then you can still experience pest problems. Ensure you remove the infected plants or spray with an organic pesticide. Garden fabrics aid in breaking the life cycle of most insects and prevent the re-infestation in the coming planting season.