Floating row covers

Asked March 31, 2018, 11:19 AM EDT

A friend gave me two rolls of black landscape fabric - the kind to put on the ground and covered with mulch to keep out weeds. Could I use it to make floating row covers, either for protecting seedlings in raised beds or for overwintering vegetables?

Multnomah County Oregon vegetables landscape fabric floating row cover

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Thank you for your inquiry. Unfortunately, your free landscape fabric won’t substitute for floating row cover. But you could use it in your garden paths to suppress weedy growth.

Row cover is a thin, white, non-woven fabric which allows water, air, and sunlight to pass through. Thus, plants benefit from several degrees of elevated temperature as well as protection from numerous insect pests. “How to Install a Floating Row Cover” explains the process - http://cru.cahe.wsu.edu/CEPublications/FS089E/FS089E.pdf.

You might also like to review “Growing Your Own” which is an overview of vegetable gardening. The chart on page 7 is of particular interest because it’s a list of appropriate planting dates, by seed or by transplant. (You are in Region 2.) It’s at https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/sites/catalog/files/project/pdf/em9027.pdf