Using Row Covers in the Vegetable Garden

Seedlings under cover in the spring

More and more I see gardeners using row covers on their raised beds, and the number of uses for those covers are just as varied as the folks using them. Veggie Gardening Tips has a great overview of both ways to use row covers as well as methods and fabrics for the type of covers to build.

The plants just seem to enjoy the cozy environment that row covers provide. Whether it’s the result of additional warmth, taking an edge off the intensity of sunlight, adding a little boost in humidity levels, or just reducing the amount of wind that buffets the plants; row covers are definitely good for more than just frost protection or keeping insects at bay.