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  • Extending Our Harvest Season

    Frost is imminent but you do not have to yield your still producing or ripening vegetables to it.   We LOVE our 1.5 oz. Frost Protection Fabric, a medium weight, breathable, permeable, UV treated spunbonded polyester fabric designed to protect crop plants from freezing, drying and extreme temperatures. Usually referred to as Floating Row Cover, it creates a warmer microclimate by capturing heat of the the day - and then slowing the loss of stored heat at night so it raises minimum temperatures, without suffocating, crushing or burning plants the way plastic could.  If days are warm, it is better to remove the fabric during the day and to cover well before nightfall.  Its light density and permeability allow air, water and sunlight through so plants can flourish beneath it even if left on for weeks.  Remember: there is no such thing as cold, just less heat.  The trick is to collect the day's heat and trap it for the night. 

     Protect tender flowers from the frequent the late frosts of spring. Even use it over apple trees and lilacs to save the buds (more). Use it in summer to protect plants from hail storms (leave it on for days).  Use it for flower boxes, vegetable gardens, row crops, fruit trees and flowering and fruiting shrubs (in a pinch, it can be used as filter fabric or a liner for moss baskets).

    In the past few years MANY gardeners, with full-sun gardens have been using the row-cover all summer (like a greenhouse cover) with excellent (actually far superior) results. The fact that the 1.5oz fabric cuts ~50% of the sunlight is more a benefit than a disadvantage in our high elevation gardens.

    In Autumn, your vegetable harvest time and blooming plant season can be extended by a month or more.  When it gets really cold, double up the layers and leave a string of C7 or C9 Christmas lights on around your plants at night.  We tested dozens of brands and weights and have been delighted with the durability and effectiveness of the one we now use.  Our bulk rolls are 12' wide by 300' long but we sell any length.  Our pre-cut packages are 12' x 10'.

    1.) Drape over the plants to be protected.  Support with stakes over (not touching) the plants if hard frost is expected.

    2.) Remove when weather improves. In early spring and late fall, garden plants thrive under the row cover for weeks on end.  After use, store out of direct sunlight (we use clean / new garbage cans to store ours... keeps out sun, rain and rodents).

    BTW, there is evidence to show that fertilizing your plants with seaweed gives them an extra measure of frost resistance (as well as providing micronutrients, improving flavors, strengthening stems and cell walls, and helping plants fight insects and diseases).  Kelp Meal, Maxicrop, etc... can be used ANY time of year. It is usually my first feeding of the year and often my last as well... (besides the BIOSOL on the lawn in November).

  • Hardening-Off / Frost Protection / Floating Row-Cover

    Floating Row Cover is graded by "basis weight": measured in ounces of material per square yard (osy) or grams per square meter (gsm).  After MANY years of experimentation we have found the n-sulate, 1.5oz. spun-bonded poly row cover to be far more durable and versatile than any others. The n-sulate gives us 6-8°F of protection and allows 50% light.  We double the layers for extreme cold.

    I have used it over my garden for weeks at a time with water, light and air going through all day yet warmth staying in at night.

    Row cover is essential for cold-climate and mountain gardening. We offer it in 10x12' packages or by the yard (10'wide) from the Villager's bulk rolls. Always have a supply of frost protection fabric (1.5oz. N-sulate floating row-cover) on hand.

    Remember, "there is no such thing as cold", there is only heat and we are trying to preserve it.  There is also NO "average last date of frost"

  • Endless Winter Wanes

    I'm told the Sierra Sun is doing an article on the coldest spring in Truckee's recorded history... this one.  I was amazed, as I often am, with the resilience of plants that I was sure were toasted by the 14°F May 22 am, 16°F May 23 am, etc...  I was agape with wonder also at the plants that froze.  After the Voles, the Rabbits, the Raccoons and the Porcupines this winter, this cold has felt a little like"insult to injury".

    We had a truck running around Oregon and Washington, picking up our new material last Friday and with the forecast, we asked to park it in Reno until Tuesday morning.  We unloaded in beautiful weather Tuesday morning and covered the plants with N-sulate in the grey, drizzly, blustery afternoon.  

    We cover our new material for a few days before offering it to our clients because the tissues need to harden to our climate.  Covering gives us several degrees of protection so that the plants are near freezing without being damaged.  We've used the N-sulate, floating row cover, for many years and other brands for 20 years before that.  Everyone who loves their garden, should have some of this spun-bound polyester fabric on hand.  We keep 2-3, 300ft rolls in stock at all times and we sell it packaged in 10x12' sheets or by the foot @ 10' wide.  I covered an espaliered apple and the buds appear to be fine.  The bleeding hearts and ferns that I covered also appear unfazed by the cold nights while the uncovered plants 6 feet away are torched.  Plastic has exactly zero insulating value and if the sun comes out for just a few minutes, you'll cook your plants.  

    Here's a shot of my row-cover curtain protecting tomatoes in September:And the nursery in June:

Contact Villager

Villager Nursery, Inc
10678 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA 96161-4834
Central Truckee, exit 186 off I-80
(530) 587-0771

Founded 1975, Incorporated 1990

California Nursery License 1975
No. C 3976.001, Co.29CA
Contractors License 1977
No. 413907-C27 LS
ISA Certified Arborist: Eric Larusson
No. WE-7983A

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