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Nearly Free Row Covers

Row cover fabric on a lettuce bed.I swear by row covers.  I use heavy ones on my cold frames instead of glass, which means I don't have to water or worry about overheating.  I use light ones on the deer's favorite foods to protect them from nibbling.  In fact, I could use about forty times as many row covers as I now have.

I used to be able to get row cover fabric really cheaply since folks around here used it to start their tobacco beds in the spring.  But after the tobacco market stopped being subsidized and most folks stopped growing tobacco, row cover fabric became hard to find.  I hate to buy it from online magazines because it's really pricey, and my current stash has been slowly decaying.

But Gardens Alive! just made my day.  They sent me a catalog with a coupon for $25 off your order of any size.  I can get 55 feet of row cover fabric for $1.90 after I add on the shipping and subtract off of the coupon savings.  If you've bought things from Gardens Alive! in the past, you'll probably get a similar catalog --- keep your eyes peeled.  If not, you might be able to order the catalog with coupon online here.  Unfortunately, I can't seem to get the online order form to accept my coupon, but it's worth the cost of a stamp to get so much row cover so cheap!

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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