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DIY Garden Row Covers For Raised Beds

I have tried growing brassicas (cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and brussel sprouts) over the past two years and have been pleased with the results... except for when I find worms crawling in my cabbage. EWWW! I do find these wormy cabbages make wonderful chicken treats though! I have also found my tiny, spring pac choi and late season kale covered in flea beetles. So disappointing!



This year my husband built a row cover to help prevent these pests from attacking my plants. He also placed hoops over two other beds, in which I plan to plant beans. My beans especially were wiped out when it hailed last spring, not only because of being covered in icy hail but also because, when I covered them, the heavy covers filled up with hail crushing the tender bean plants. Now I can place a hail cover over my row cover hoops to protect the tender plants. A third use for row covers is that they can be used as cold frames in cooler weather by placing clear poly over row cover hoops. I am so excited to have these row covers in place! If you want to build your own row covers, I will share with you the directions for how we built ours.


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Supply List for Building Garden Row Covers


Ipex 3/4 inch pipe, or other 3/4 inch flexible pipe. (This is the one we used. We may end up replacing it with something sturdier as it seems to be bending in the 50 kph wind.)

Floating row cover cloth.

Screws and washers or metal hose clamps to attach the pipe to the wooden bed frame.


Find out how to build a DIY row cover for your raised bed zone 3 backyard vegetable garden out of PVC pipe and row cover cloth.
Flexible pipe used for row cover frame.


Find out how to build a DIY row cover for your raised bed zone 3 backyard vegetable garden out of PVC pipe attached with a washer and screw.