The floating row cover hoop is made from sturdy plastic or metal. It can be attached to any type of wooden fence post.
You may use it with any kind of raised bed plantings such as: tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, lettuce, cucumbers, carrots and other vegetables. The hoop can be used for all kinds of garden plants.
How To Make Floating Row Cover Hoops?
There are many types of floating row cover hoppers available. They come in different sizes, colors and designs. Some of them have handles so they can be easily moved around the garden area. Others do not have handles at all but just hang down from the top of the raised bed plantings. There are even some that float up into the air and attach to trees or poles for hanging on a wall.
When making your own floating row cover hopper, you will need to choose one that is strong enough to support the weight of the basket. Also, you will want to select one that can be easily removed when not in use.
If you cannot remove it right away, then it is too heavy and will cause damage if dropped onto the ground.
You can also choose to purchase one that is already made. There are hundreds of different kinds and colors available on the market.
The one you choose will depend on your personal preference. If you want to save money, it can be made at home as well.
Floating Row Covers
Before you can start using your row cover, you’ll need to make sure it fits properly onto the top of your raised bed garden planters. They are usually square or rectangular shaped so this will make it easy for you to fit it on the top of them.
The edges can be pinned down or tied to the wooden stakes found inside the planters.
When it comes to pinning down the floating row cover over your raised bed garden, you will need some long and sturdy twine or string. You can also use some rope if you want.
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