Row Covers: The No-Spray Way to Protect Plants

Lightweight fabric row covers are an easy way to protect your crops from insects and critters, and extend the season.

Woman Installing Row Covers
The best edge-anchoring plan involves attaching the row cover’s long edges to bamboo poles, straight saplings or pieces of 2-by-2 lumber. Use a stapler to make the hems and then slide in the poles. This makes it easy to lift the covers off for weeding and to allow pollination.  
Illustration by Elayne Sears