Wrap Your Garden In Winter: A Fabric Row Cover Giveaway!

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I’m so glad I didn’t plant a summer garden this year.

Don’t worry… someone hasn’t hijacked my blog. I really said it, and I mean it. The crazy hustle-and-bustle of this move has left very little time for all of the work that a summer garden entails. Plus, with all of the ridiculous rain that we’ve received this summer (our wettest on record!), there would be no way I would have been able to keep up with the weeds. And considering that many of our local farms have suffered terrible water and wind damage from all the storms, any corn, tomatoes, or pole beans that I may have planted could have been all for nought, anyway. Instead, I’ve got great new neighbors who are gifting us with heirloom beans, tomatoes and squash, and I’m supporting my local farmers by buying what’s available at our Farmers’ Market.

Besides, I haven’t missed my window for providing homegrown vegetables for my family this year. That’s because there is no “window” for gleaming harvests from our gardens. There is no “garden season” around here, because there is ALWAYS something in season, even though our winters dip below 0 F (-18 C). I’m about to plant the fall and winter gardens, an endeavor which starts for me in late July, and doesn’t end until Halloween (only because I succession crop since I also grow for market… you don’t have to be that busy).

So when I say there’s nothing planted in the garden right now, it’s a half-truth. There are blocks and blocks of cowpeas and buckwheat cover crops that are growing, to be worked into the soil in a few weeks to add fertility and organic matter that will support the growth of fall and winter crops. I’ve started flats upon flats of brassicas, alliums, and herbs, all for transplanting in the coming months for winter harvests. There are sweet potatoes galore, which will be harvested in October for feasts all through the following year. And squash… I’ve got to grow squash, of course, so seeds went in the ground just last week when there was a rare break from the rain (sadly, no Hubbards, however, as their 100-days-to-maturity would be cutting it too close to guarantee a harvest).

You could say that fall and winter have become the “garden season” for me; all of my garden planning revolves around it, and it’s the topic I’m most often asked to speak about at conferences or for gardening organizations. Since I work full-time away from home, winter growing certainly is the easiest… no weeds, diseases, or bugs to contend with, as in summer. And since I’ve switched completely from clear plastic to fabric row covers, there’s very little management to the winter garden anymore.

And I want to share that experience with you in more ways than just this blog… I’m offering one lucky reader the chance to win a 10 ft wide by 50 ft long roll of Gro-Guard 34 row cover from the fantastic folks at Atmore Industries.

For the uninitiated, fabric row covers (aka, frost blankets) are made of polypropylene or polyester fibers bonded loosely together in a thin sheet, allowing the passage of air, water, and light. The amount of fibers bonded together influences the weight of the row cover, and thus covers with higher weights are thicker and provide more frost protection and greater durability. But thicker fabrics come at a price… they allow less light penetration, which is the most limiting factor (other than cold temperatures) to winter vegetable growth. Gro-Guard 34 (slightly heavier than Agribon 30, for those more familiar with that brand) hits the sweet spot that allows effective light transmission (about 70%) with improved frost protection (down to 24 F, though cold-tolerant plants will easily survive temps near 0 F).

A January harvest of salad greens, kale, kohlrabi, and root crops.

A January harvest of salad greens, kale, kohlrabi, and root crops.

A typical February salad, all fresh from the garden.

A typical February salad, all fresh from the garden.

 

I made the switch to Gro-Guard 34 last year, after performing trials of several brands of row cover the previous winter– I simply found Atmore’s product to be the most durable during the winter growing season under my conditions. And when conditions got really tough, like during our deep freeze in February when we hit -14 F, I simply added one more layer of Gro-Guard as extra protection for the plants. No heat, no glass, no clear plastic… it’s amazing what giving your garden a blanket can do!

Even after dips to -14 F, these cabbage, kohlrabi, and mache marched into March unfazed.

Even after dips to -14 F, these cabbage, kohlrabi, and mache marched into March unfazed.

To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment below either explaining your previous experience growing in winter, or why you would like to try this year. Want another entry? Share any of my Facebook photos promoting the giveaway. Contest ends at midnight on July 27th… good luck!

 

More on Using Row Covers

6 Ways Row Cover in a Garden Will Help You Grow More Food, from Montana Homesteader

How to Extend Your Growing Season in the Spring, from Little Mountain Haven

10 Reasons Why Low Tunnels Beat Cold Frames for Winter Gardening

Is Clear Plastic Necessary? Success with Fabric Row Covers

Fabric or Plastic? Choosing Row Cover

How to Build a Low Tunnel

 

More on Winter Gardening from Mother of a Hubbard

Winter Vegetable Planting Dates

Cheating Winter: The Little Known Truth about Frost and Freeze Tables

10 Vegetables More Cold Hardy than Kale

Calculating Your Garden’s Persephone Days

Candy Carrots and Turnip Treats: Why Some Veggies Are Sweeter in Winter

My Favorite Winter Gardening Resources

Clicking on the following links costs nothing extra to you, but provides affiliate advertisement income that helps me pay for this blog to operate.

 

90 Comments

  1. Susanne Behm (@sunflower2014sb)

    July 18, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    Wow that’s amazing. The only crop I have had over-winter are turnips. I keep looking at your January and February pics., just incredible. I would like to try this also. Thanks for hosting a giveaway.

  2. Vicki Kler

    July 18, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    Thanks for the tip on gro-guard. I would love to try it. I’ve used agribon but it just doesnt hold up enough when the temps drop below zero here in southeast wyoming. Fall& winter gardens are my favorite way to grow. Some years I’m more successful than others. Thanks again for all your blog content and a great give away.

  3. Stacey

    July 18, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    My husband and I read your post about using it last winter and decided we would try it this winter. We are fighting disease and grass overtaking our garden, but still learning and harvesting a lot. Thanks for sharing so much info!

  4. Kimberly Edwards

    July 18, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    This will be our first winter garden.

  5. Dani

    July 18, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    I don’t have any experience growing in the winter, but I will love to try this time. No beetles, no weeds, no heat, I just see advantages. Furthermore, I love brassicas and I am sure they will do well with a help of a cover :). P.S. I love your insights and gardening tips!

  6. Susan Kanarick

    July 18, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    Previous experience has been no winter garden, because we didn’t know what to use for frost protection. We start our seeds early in the greenhouse, some make it some do not 🙂 I would love to try your row cover fabric to see how it works in our area – PNW. Sometimes a mild winter, sometimes not. Thanks for the great posts you share with your readers. Such good information.

  7. Peggy

    July 18, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    Have tried greens but not covered and the last until January here in zone 7 so would like to cover to see if can eat year round

  8. Holly Minardo

    July 18, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    I live near Sandpoint Idaho…..and have never tried covering my raised beds in the winter. I would love to try fabric covers!

  9. Kirstie

    July 18, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    I have had kale and brussel sprouts in the early winter and then some carrots that were heavily mulched but I would love to have a February salad! Our winters also get quite nasty in the NE!

  10. Marcia Stott Ballard

    July 18, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    It’s very important to me to have local, nutritious greens during winter time. Nothing, even canning, beats fresh from the vine nutrients. I have a very sunny place for a winter garden. It would really bless our family to win this.

  11. Carolyn garrison

    July 18, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    We attempted low tunnels for the first time this past winter. My husband, the gardener, already had three long raised beds in our garden so he narrowed them and then covered them with plastic. We were amazed to have fresh greens throughout this very harsh winter and would like to see how the gro guard would impact yield.

  12. Ashley

    July 18, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    I left NYC for KY in part so I could grow my own food. Having grown up in the Deep South I’d never considered fall and winter gardening until I saw your blog (down home I think folks are just give out from the heat by the time September rolls around). Now that I have a sizable permanent garden and a basement ready to become part root cellar in Louisville, I’m looking forward to fall/winter salad greens, cooking greens, and root vegetables especially. Thanks for the inspiration!

  13. Suzanne

    July 18, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    So many things are nearly impossible to grow in the spring garden here. Summer temps flare and early season crops fail. Row covers have expanded the spectrum of the garden for me! There is nothing better for your body and soul than time spent in the garden!

  14. SusieQusie

    July 18, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    I have agribon19 but does seem not sturdy feeling to me. I live farther north and may not be able to grow all winter (unless u have a high tunnel setup, and i do not) but i certainly can extend the season or get a head start. I already have the hoops installed on several garden beds and hope to grow more late carrots, a few cabbages and leafy veggies of all colors. I also want to extend growing on a bed that is growing paprika peppers so i can make more of my own paprkia powder.

    • Nancy Dusko

      July 19, 2015 at 7:41 am

      I want to start a winter garden to have greens for the family over the winter.

  15. Jen W

    July 18, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    Tried a fall/winter garden with some cold tolerant plants under plastic last year but had no luck here in MN. Anxious to try again with a better solution.

  16. Teresa Stewart

    July 18, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    I want to give a winter garden a try this year. I still have so much to learn. Seems everything from the winter garden is so much sweeter and no bugs to fight.

  17. Jeffrey

    July 18, 2015 at 11:42 pm

    I have the lofty goal of growing all of the vegetables my family of five will eat in a year. I have followed your Facebook page and am ready to try a winter garden this year. I was doing an Internet search for grow guard, because I remembered it from on of your Facebook posts, and this contest came up. I was looking for the product on Amazon with no luck. If you don’t pick me as the winner please share where you buy the Grow Guard.

  18. Rachael Herman

    July 18, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    This year will be my first fall and winter garden. Carrots and potatoes are what I am most looking forward to. In case I dont win, what weight of fabric would you suggest for Nebraska winters? Thanks!

    • Cathy

      July 19, 2015 at 11:38 am

      What’s your zone and typical low temperatures?

  19. Debby

    July 18, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    This is an exciting idea. I am in western NY, and have always wanted to try some winter gardening, but thought I would have to grow in the house some how. How cool!

  20. Laura

    July 18, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    Can you tell us where to buy the cover in case we’re not a winner? This will be my first winter trying to grow under cover. I’ve become pretty good at conventional gardening, and now I want to increase my skills. I’ve been reading you for years now. It’s time to take the leap of faith.

    • Cathy

      July 19, 2015 at 11:37 am

      I purchase mine from a Kentucky distributor, Deerfield Supplies. I’ve noticed that Territorial Seed Company now carries it, but you can also call Atmore Industries (251-368-2194) to find a distributor near you.

  21. Joy

    July 19, 2015 at 12:09 am

    I have a coldframe but it isnt big enough to grow much, just high-end items like parsley and green onions for year-round garnish.

  22. Debbie Curtis

    July 19, 2015 at 12:40 am

    I would like to try a row cover in my back yard garden—a postage stamp of soil. I have the fantasy of growing the food I need, but it has been too rainy for that this summer.

  23. Jen Spruce

    July 19, 2015 at 12:42 am

    We started our first garden this summer and would love the opportunity to extend our growing season! It would be another one of our homeschool-homestead adventures!

  24. Cindy H.

    July 19, 2015 at 1:09 am

    I have never grown veggies in the winter before, but I had thought about trying one this year. It would be nice to be able to have fresh veggies then, and knowing where they came from and that they are non-gmo and insecticide free.

  25. Jennifer

    July 19, 2015 at 1:53 am

    I will be trying out my first row covers this year in my cold North Idaho garden …. I often visit /www.motherofahubbard.com for inspiration!!!

  26. Nina

    July 19, 2015 at 7:30 am

    This will be my first year using low tunnels. I hope to have a great winter harvest.

  27. Heidi

    July 19, 2015 at 7:38 am

    I’m in WV in the same zone as you and you give me so much hope for my own winter garden =) Greens are slim pickings around here in the winter and it is becoming more and more important for me to provide as much fresh food as I can for my family. What a lovely giveaway!

  28. Marie

    July 19, 2015 at 7:58 am

    I tried using an homemade cold frame, but since that was my first garden ever, the soil was too poor to grow anything! I’m ready to give it another shot this time.

  29. Regina Flynn

    July 19, 2015 at 8:52 am

    I have a small hoop garden and I’ve grown a bit into winter using greenhouse plastic. This winter I want to try the Gro-Guard and get better results.

  30. Misty Smith

    July 19, 2015 at 9:15 am

    I’m hoping to try to have a winter garden this season. I’ve never tried it before. We actually made a small raised bed this year so I would have better weed control. That has worked out really well. I’m hoping to make another raised bed this fall to plant next year. It would be nice to have a fall/winter garden in the bed we made this year after most of the crops are finished. But I left a few small empty spaces in between just in case those plants are not done by the time I need to plant for fall/winter.

  31. Michelle Andreasen

    July 19, 2015 at 11:11 am

    For the last 2 winters we’ve had temps down to 0 F. I was successful at overwintering broccoli, kale, boc choi, cilantro and spinach, by only using 2 layers of large, flat, white bed sheets. Knowing that they’d be heavy when wet, they were held over the plants by plastic milk crates and welded wire panels. I’d open it all up during the days to get better sun. Sometimes it stayed closed for a week due to snow cover. I’ve stocked up on more inexpensive thrift store sheets for the coming winter to expand my (happy) experiment. I’d be interested in using some of the “real” row cover material along side my make shift bed sheets. Thanks for the giveaway.
    Me in Idaho

  32. keeperofourhome

    July 19, 2015 at 11:24 am

    This is my first year planting a winter garden. I have been gardening for years but never knew you could grow food through the winter. And I have lived in the south all my gardening days! I read Elliot Coleman’s book this last January and am excited to have fresh veggies all winter. If all goes well I would like to sell winter crops one day.

  33. Janine

    July 19, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    I have a large garden in the spring/summer, and attempted low tunnel last winter. I was able to harvest greens, but would like to try better material as some of my plants didn’t get enough light.

  34. Juls Owings

    July 19, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    I attempted to grow during the winter 5 yrs ago…plastic got ripped to pieces with the 10-15 mph “breeze” we commonly have after becoming brittle with the cold. I would like to try this fabric and see if it hold up. After seeing your gardens last winter…I think it would give Old Man Winter a run for his money.

  35. ChrisW

    July 19, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    I have never attempted a winter garden but am willing to try!

  36. Nicole

    July 19, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    This is my first year trying to start a fall garden, and there will supposedly be some broccoli, carrots and beet overwintering. I would love to be able to do a full winter garden. Usually my spring plantings are destroyed by slugs, and the heat and dryness of this pacific northwest summer has caught me and a lot of my plants off-guard. I’d love to be able to avoid that by growing in the winter!

  37. Elyse Bradley

    July 19, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    I live in a large trailer park where we are encouraged to beautify our property. I have found a loophole during spring, summer, and fall. However, our park management discourages my idea of low tunnels during our Northern Virginia winters. They say the look would detract from the look of our property.
    I am willing to try just about anything to continue growing through winter.

  38. Heather S

    July 19, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    This winter will be my first attempt! I’ve been reading books, blog, really anything I can get my hands on regarding growing a winter garden. This would be an amazing thing to win to help out! Thanks for the chance to!

  39. Carole

    July 19, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    I would love to win the give a way….regardless I am going to use low tunnels this year or bust! I am not a good fall gardener, but I keep trying. Its always too hot and dry, too wet, etc…..when it comes time to plant the fall garden (NC-zone 7B). Summer gardening comes easy to me. In fact if you are looking for a blog post topic I would love to see more about how you seed your fall crops. EX: What type seeder you use, Spacing, thinning, keeping the weeds at bay until the crop gets established, working with hot dry conditions, and other tips of the trade….etc. I feel like I could keep the garden going if I could ever get it started.

    Every years my seeded stuff has more weeds than plants. My carrots and beets have terrible germination. My growth on my fall plants is poorer too than the spring and summer planted stuff.

    My cole crop seedlings are not as nice in the fall as they are in the spring either….although they germinate faster. So hints on how you get your transplants going would also be helpful.

  40. newbiegardengirl

    July 19, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    I already have the agribon insect barrier for my spring/summer brassicas. i was planning on ordering some ag-30 next month in preparation for the winter garden. if you think this is better than agribon, i definitely trust your judgement!

  41. Lisa from Sustainable Possibilities

    July 19, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    I’ve been intrigued by the idea of winter gardening ever since I read your blog posts about it. I garden in zone 6, and have never tried winter gardening. Last year, I had beets, rainbow chard, lettuce and parsley into the fall. I’d love to try and extend the harvest into the winter.

  42. Rebecca Cash

    July 20, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    I have never grown anything in the winter but would love to have fresh greens, onion, cabbage…just to name a few

  43. Kim

    July 20, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    My first foray into fall/winter gardening was last year and consisted of greens alone. I was so pleasantly surprised at how well they did without any cover at all. This year I am planting more and including some root vegetables as well. Looking for that carrot sweetness after the first frost that everyone talks about. I am planting some cabbages in hopes that I avoid the cabbage moth scourge that plagued my kale this year. Something row covers would help avoid.

  44. Shelley

    July 20, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    Winter temperatures here in Oklahoma can fluctuate wildly. I want to try row cover this year instead of plastic so I can leave it in place and not have to worry about my vegetables cooking during the day (before they are harvested that is! 🙂

  45. Miranda Hileman Combs

    July 20, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    Just moved home to my family fruit and vegetable farm in southwestern PA and can’t wait to extend the winter season this year through our current high tunnel and many new low tunnels! I have a tiny bit of fabric row cover to start with, but winning this giveaway would really help to excel the process and get me growing and selling fresh veggies all year long! Thank you for this opportunity @Motherofahubbard!

  46. Pat M

    July 20, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    I’ve only used plastic in the past before but want to use the fabric covers and expand my winter growing this year,

  47. Heather

    July 21, 2015 at 12:51 am

    My only experience with winter “gardening” would be herbs and houseplants on the windowsill. This would be great to try out in a Utah winter!

    • Bruce

      September 3, 2015 at 5:22 pm

      Heather, where do you live, I know a gardener that does classes here in Utah, Draper area about winter gardening. Are you interested? I have put his site on my information below his name is Jim.

  48. Christina Rodriguez

    July 21, 2015 at 7:15 am

    My only experience winter gardening is some kale and spinach I left, the kale didn’t make it but I had an early harvest of spinach. I would love to try row covers this year!

  49. Celeste Queen

    July 21, 2015 at 7:37 am

    Looking forward to my first winter garden this year. Putting pvc hoops over one of our raised beds. Thanks for the Gro Guard recommendation, plus the chance to win exactly what I need!

  50. Jessica

    July 21, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    I am planting our first winter garden in a new house. In my family’s old house, we planted some broccoli, turnips, and beets. But this year I’m looking to plant a ton more. I have a 4yr old and a 3yr old who love veggies and an almost 6mo old who will be ready to have some pureed garden veggies by winter. This row cover would help a ton!

  51. Janet

    July 21, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    Hi Cathy
    I too have moved this summer.. The folks who bought my house were willing to go halves with me but they haven’t had time to care for the garden so I have lost it to the deer and bugs. I hope to build my first raised beds with pvc hoops in the next couple of weeks and will plant some cool weather veggies. Gro Guard will help me salvage this year so it won’t be a total loss.

  52. NDPetitt

    July 22, 2015 at 9:11 am

    Just found your site! Kale, chard and spinach have been my favorites for winter harvest … planning to add turnips and carrots to the list this year. Thanks for the Gro Guard review & recommendation.

  53. April Harshbarger

    July 22, 2015 at 9:22 am

    With the help of your blog, I gardened during winter for the first time last year. Everything did amazingly well! But I was excited to hear that you found the plastic wasn’t necessary, because water would pool in the plastic & freeze, making it difficult to lift. Thanks for the giveaway!

  54. Tisa Wenger

    July 22, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    Last year was our first winter garden, and it was a huge success until the polar vortex in January killed most everything, and then snow upon snow that made it hard to access the little that was left. But we learned from the experience and this year will be even better. We used clear plastic, and I’m very much interested in experimenting with the row covers.

  55. Elizabeth

    July 22, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    I am in Chicago and have only ever winter gardened with plastic covers, and then old blankets for the -F nights we seem to be getting a lot of lately, and this only with limited success. Now that I’ve mostly figured out how to keep rabbits out of my yard, I need to reconfigure my garden in such a way that I can access the wintergrown stuff easily enough to make it worth attemtping, and move my permanent beds that don’t need protection so they are in one row, and the rotating plantings in another row. For now, I’m stuck with covering individual 4×4 beds, which is very inefficient. BAH.

  56. Kathy

    July 22, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    I’ve done a fair amount of winter gardening (mainly brassicas), but thus far without row covers because we’re in a pretty mild climate (zone 8). I’d love to explore using covers, though, and see what else might work.

  57. Karen @ On the Banks of Salt Creek

    July 22, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    We have never had a winter garden before. We bought a home with 14 acres and now we have a huge garden. REALLY want a winter garden this year. I love growing my own produce, it is less expensive and I don’t have to deal with the half hour drive if I need veggies from the store.

  58. Jackie (@Jackylantrn)

    July 23, 2015 at 6:37 am

    We are moving to a new house, so I am starting my garden over from scratch! I have been itching to garden all summer, but couldnt because we are staying in a rental for six weeks! I will get in my new home in August, just in time to hurry up and get a few things planted for fall… Will need row covers if I want to have any sort of garden this year. Can’t wait to get started.

  59. denise vick

    July 23, 2015 at 9:48 am

    Would love to try this. I usually stop gardening in November but would love to keep going through the winter!

  60. Nicole Xu

    July 23, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    Looking to try winter gardening for the first time this year with my newly set up garden. Exciting to see what I can grow, going to sample with kale, collards, brussel sprouts, asian veggies and various roots. Love your blog and all the tips and pointers.

  61. Allison CB

    July 24, 2015 at 4:50 am

    Have not tried a winter garden yet but this idea makes it look possible!

  62. Kathy mantle

    July 24, 2015 at 8:46 am

    Recently made metal hoops for our low tunnel. Have tried several different covers &structures. Looking forward to these stable hoops & fabric cover. Our goal is to produce food year round. Thanks,

  63. bunkie

    July 24, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Last year I tried grwoing carrots and mangels under cloth covers. Was able to harvest a few, but the moles and voles found the covered area a good spot to stay the winter, and destroyed much. I’m not giving up….going to try again this year!

  64. Kim

    July 27, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    I am interested in growing a winter garden this year for the health benefits of the fresh food, lower grocery costs, and more self-sufficiency. If I am successful, I would like to teach others in the area how to do it; especially a local school that teaches “farm to plate”. They already have a community garden and greenhouse (hydroponics) and laying chickens, and use the produce and eggs in their commercial kitchen and restaurant.

  65. Cathy E

    July 27, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    We grew some greens a couple of winters ago simply using old bedskirts held down by pavers to cover on frosty nights. Worked okay but not perfectly as we had to be sure to remove them to keep things from getting too hot.

  66. Earl E.

    July 27, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    We tried to make hoop houses using plastic, but they were blown away during the Oklahoma winds!!!

  67. Cathy E

    July 27, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    Oh, and I also shared your picture post about this on fb.

  68. Samantha Sheppard

    July 27, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    I started my seeds a little too late for my low tunnels last year…so I am hoping that we dry up enough for me to get them in by Mid-August this time!

  69. Loretta

    July 27, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    Last year my garden didn’t grow at all- the compost I used was too ‘hot’. This year things are going better and my plan is for a winter garden. I’m so excited, this blog inspires me so much.

  70. Heather

    July 27, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    This is my first year with a real garden, I would love to be able to plant some fall/winter crops to keep us going. We had our first 100% home grown meal last week after a year on the farm… winter gardening would make our salads that way all year round too!

  71. Connie Stephens

    July 28, 2015 at 12:47 am

    I have used plastic in the past and I do have to keep an eye on it during the day. I’m looking for to using the cloth.

  72. Cindy H.

    July 29, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    I Have Never Had A Winter Garden, But Would Like To Try.

  73. bill

    July 30, 2015 at 8:27 am

    You have me very motivated to go full swing in to fall/winter with low tunnels.
    Thanks

  74. Debbie

    July 31, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    I have never gardened in the winter before, so being a Newbie I am hoping to star off right. Have most of the garden planted as I live in Zone 5 and will succession plant as necessary. I do so hope to win this cloth to improve my chances of a good winter produce. Thanks

  75. Rosanne

    August 3, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    I would love to try growing a winter crop.

  76. Jennifer Prince

    August 4, 2015 at 10:31 am

    Hi Cathy, I have planted for winter here in Vermont in my hoop house (under a second plastic tunnel) for the past 5 years. Admittedly, I’ve lost my greens to frigid temps (-30!) 4 out of those 5 years and have just considered it part of the gamble. I’m definitely planning to give row cover a try this year!

  77. Susan P

    August 5, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    Wow love your site! Too late for the contest but great writing and wonderful pictures.
    My own winter gardening story, I planted carrots mid summer and they were not coming up due to I don’t know, too hot. Anyway I wanted to try and keep the carrots alive longer, (not knowing that carrots did well in the winter), so I put hay around them and covered them with a frost guard cover. I’m happy to say we enjoyed carrots for Thanksgiving that year. I’ve been experimenting with winter gardening ever since.

    Unfortunately, the critters found my plastic tunnel last winter and eat all my veggies!

  78. newbiegardengirl

    September 2, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    I am ordering my gro-guard cover right now and I wanted to ask you a question. When it gets down to -14 for you, you throw another 34 on top. one 34 protects down to 24 degrees. what do you think two protect to? I ask because I am in a warmer zone than you and I was thinking abt getting 20 instead. it gets down to the teens and occasionally the single digits here.so if i doubled up 2 20s, do you think that would cover our single digits? (1 20 protects down to 27 degrees). thx.

    • Cathy

      October 29, 2015 at 9:14 am

      The numbers that you hear (protects down to 27 degrees) refer to if you’re growing frost-sensitive plants. Cold-tolerant plants can survive much lower temperatures, so it’s more their insulation from the cold that matters. I have doubled up on row cover equivalent to two GG20, even in the very cold sub-zero temperatures and found that most things are fine (baby kale, baby Asian greens, etc). I’m not sure how much warmer of a zone you are in, and what you plan on growing, but that would likely be fine.

  79. Jayne on Weed Street

    September 20, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    I think I need to consider these row covers. I am new to ZOne9 and this year round gardening thing is great!

  80. Mitzi

    November 5, 2015 at 12:53 am

    I need to buy some row cover , a small amount. Do you know it you can buy it locally in November? Or where do you get your gro-guard? I’m attempting to grow kale this winter and this will be my first year to really start growing food so this is an important experiment for me. I also am finding that fall and winter gardening are actually easier and I’m trying to extend my growing season from April through December or as long as I can stretch it out. Zone 7a, Texas Panhandle.

    Mitzi

    • Cathy

      December 3, 2015 at 10:20 am

      I order mine from Deerfield Supplies in Elkton, Kentucky, as they are my closest distributor. You could always call Atmore Industries (the manufacturer of Gro-Guard in Alabama), and find a distributor near you. Atmore’s # is (251) 368-2194. Good luck!

  81. kate C.

    November 17, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    I was wondering if you have any posts on how to deal with the fall season with low tunnels when the temp is fluctuating… what temps do you start covering at? Do you then have to take it off during the day for a while? I think it’s awesome that there will likely be protection down to very cold temps, but right now I’m unsure of what I should be doing when it’s cold for a bit, then warmer, then cold, etc! Also, I was very unsuccessful at finding GG34 or Agribon 30 in reasonable size rolls that wasn’t going to cost $100 in shipping! If you ever find a good online source for either of those, please share! I went with Agribon 19 and am planning to try the double layers of that and I bought clear plastic, too, for when the temps are really supposed to drop and stay extra cold for a long time. (zone 5a/4b here)

    • Cathy

      December 3, 2015 at 10:01 am

      Thanks, Kate. I don’t start covering the garden until temps are forecast for the low 20s F and lower (~25 F). I’ll keep my eyes open for some inexpensive row cover options for you. 🙂

  82. Grace Goodwin

    November 30, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Gardening is my savior. I love spending time in my garden! I help some neighbors , too. Love your blog. You know that people most of the times don`t know how to order their garden. It is a big issue. Best regards! Keep posting!

  83. Peter Dreyer

    December 1, 2015 at 5:56 am

    I’m new to this, having inherited some raised beds from my former wife after our divorce (alas!), but I now have fine beds of lettuce, chard, kale and other greens. What to do with freezing weather coming on here in Virginia. I’d love to explore the row cover solution!