Weight and longevity of row-cover fabric
"what weight row cover are you guys using out there? we don't have near the harsh winters you've got but i do have several beds under low tunnels with agribon-19 on them just to keep things a bit warmer. i'm into my second season with this batch of fabric but it does tend to tear pretty easily---nothing a little duct tape won't take care of though. haven't figured out if it's less expensive to use the ag-19 or go with something heavier that might last longer."
--- melina w staal
I haven't done as much experimentation as Coleman has, but I did originally begin with thicker fabric, which I used on cold frames
instead of quick hoops. I've since retired that cloth, though, because
even though it doesn't tear as easily, it blocks way too much light to
leave on plants 24-7. If you feel you need an extra layer of protection
(which Melina shouldn't, but which northerners might), then a layer of
greenhouse plastic on top of the quick hoops during the coldest part of
winter will help. But you'll have to remove plastic during hot days
since, unlike row-cover fabric, plastic won't breathe!
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