Protecting Seedlings in the Garden
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A protection from strong sunlight, cold temperatures, high winds, or heavy rain is necessary for young plants. If the weather is hot or dry after transplanting, consider placing a shade cloth over the transplants to protect them from the sun. The Easy Tunnel Shade Cloth is easily erected in your garden to protect seedlings, young plants and vegetable crops. If the weather is cold, wind, or rain, lay a floating row cover over them, or grow them in a plastic row cover tunnel. The RowHouse is a good one to protect young plants from cold, wind, or rain.

Rowhouse and Shade Cloth

 

Rowhouse or Flowerhouse use for protecting all vegetable in row, simply place and stake your RowHouse™ over prepared soil and plant your seeds/seedlings. During the day, your RowHouse will help provide the optimum conditions for seed germination, growth and development. At night, simply close the windows. Heat absorbed by the soil during the day will be maintained, and you can rest assured your plants are protected from frosts.

 

Compact and lightweight, the 12ft long RowHouse requires no assembly tools. Set up, take down and store in seconds! 3 large zippered windows provide easy access. Three screened vents allow optimum ventilation and pest protection. All FlowerHouse™ greenhouses are constructed with the incredibly durable Gro-Tec™ material. Gro-Tec is UV resistant, waterproof and features rip stop protection.

 

The Gro-Tec material is more beneficial for plant growth than clear glass or plastic because it diffuses or scatters light. Diffused light can benefit plants, both by reducing excess light on upper leaves and by increasing the amount of light reflected onto lower leaves. Too much direct sunlight on the upper leaves can overheat the plant and thus reduce photosynthesis.

 

Easy Shade Cloth Tunnel makes easy to protect your plants. The Easy Tunnel Shade Cloth 10Ft L X 18In W X 12In H is easily erected in any part of the garden to protect seedlings, young plants and vegetable crops from strong sunlight, birds and pests. You can find it in an online store such as Garden.com, or just click on the photo to read more detail about it. When the day over 50°F, take the shade cloth tunnel off the plant to keep excess heat from building up inside, but put it back in the evening if you expect cold temperatures. During sunny spring weather you may need to cover and uncover plants under shade cloth several times each day.

 

Cold Frames

 

A cold frame is simply a walled bottomless box with a plastic or glass top. You can buy a commercial product or construct your own from straw bales, scrap wood, window sashes, and clear plastic. Make your cold frame no larger than 3 feet wide and 6 feet long so it's easy to work with. The back should be at least 4 to 6 inches higher than the front to take advantage of the sun's natural angle once the frame is placed in a protected, south-facing location. Loosen the existing soil and add compost and topsoil to the box. As with cloches and floating row covers, vent the top on sunny days so the plants don't overheat. Some commercially available cold frames have automatic venting lids that open when temperatures reach a certain level.

 

You'll find that a cold frame is very handy. Use it to protect young seedlings or to grow warm-season crops that need a jump on the season. You can temporarily place seedlings in the cold frame to help harden them, or plant an early crop of cold-tolerant greens such as mache or spinach in early spring, or plant a late crop in fall to extend the seasoh by several weeks. In some climates you can grow salad greens through the winter in a cold frame.

 

In northern areas warm season crops such as melons and cucumbers can be started earlier than usual in a cold frame and grown to maturity with vines extending beyond the frame in summer. The cold frame will give your plants a head start on the season and allow you to harvest more fruits sooner than if those plants were grown directly in a garden.

 

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