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If you protect your veggies properly from insect damage and the damaging effects of cold and wind, you can really increase your harvest. Protection in the winter is obvious but in the summer? Yes: heat those peppers, blight-proof those tomatoes, save your carrots from the evil carrot rust fly, and grow melons where no melons have grown before!
Floating Row Covers and Cloches: Which One to Use?
Crop protection can take the form of floating row covers and a cloche. Which option you choose depends on what your garden needs. Floating row covers are large pieces of lightweight, typically synthetic fabric that are draped over your rows of vegetables and secured from floating away with metal staples or plastic pegs that push into the soil.
These standard garden cloche clips are designed for 3/4" (interior) pipe (ZRC451). These simple gadgets make garden protection easy. Clip your floating row cover or plastic greenhouse film to cloche pipe hoops to form a simple tunnel. Garden Clips provide safe anchorage in wind, snow, hail, and heavy rain. You need approximately 1 clip for every 2' of pipe length. Complete instructions come with every package.
ZRC416 A (1 clip)
ZRC416 B (bag of 20 clips)
ZRC416 C (bag of 100 clips)
ZRC416 D (bag of 500 clips)
These larger 1¼" clips are constructed from the same materials as our standard clip, but they're a bit bigger. They will work with 1¼" plastic tubing or one and five sixteenths steel tubing. Please note: They will not work with our standard cloche pipe.
ZRC417 A (1 clip)
ZRC417 B (bag of 20 clips)
ZRC417 C (bag of 100 clips)
ZRC417 D (bag of 500 clips)
This tough, UV-treated greenhouse film shrugs off snow, wind, sun hail, and rough handling. It will last at least 4 years. The transparent material transmits 93% of received light and is ideal for winter cloche use. Use in the summer for a cover cloche above your tomatoes and potatoes to protect them from late blight. Strong and pliable, use with Garden Clips (ZRC416) to cover any shape of garden bed. The Greenhouse Film pieces are 1' shorter than pipes to allow a gap for summer ventillatioin and burying the pipe. Thickness = 6 mils (6/1000 of an inch).
ZRC441A Greenhouse Film is 6' long and 16' wide
ZRC441B Greenhouse Film is 10' long and 16' wide
ZRC441C Greenhouse Film is 50' long and 16' wide
ZRC441D Greenhouse Film is 100' long and 16' wide. *Pick up only or call for shipping rates.
Boxed and ready to ship, each complete kit comes with 5 lengths of cloche pipe (ZRC451), a 16' wide sheet of greenhouse film (ZRC 441), 20 garden clips (ZRC416), and complete instructions on how to erect your garden cloche. Choose from 2 sizes. 7' pipe lengths for a low cloche or 11ft pipe lengths for a taller tunnel. Contact us for shipping estimates, as this kit goes out in a larger size box. Shipping is not too expensive - we have shipped these to Nanaimo for as little as $10.95.
ZRC400A 7'ft Cloche Kit includes 5, 7ft pipes, one 6ft by 16ft greenhouse film and 20 clips.
ZRC400B11ft Cloche Kit includes 5, 11ft pipes, one 10ft by 16ft greenhouse film and 20 clips.
Our garden cloche 100PSI pipe is rigid and thick-walled and supports itself. Exterior diameter:1 inch, interior diameter: 3/4". Thick-walled for more rigidity. Cloche pipe comes in lengths of 7" or 11". The height of the cloche will vary with the width of the bed you are covering. Still flexible enough so you can make it wide and low or narrow and tall. The diagram shows possibilities for an eleven-foot pipe and will give you an idea of how width and height are related. You'll need one hoop every 2' or 2.5' of cloche length.Choose from our precut units, or for large projects full rolls are available.
ZRC451A 5 pipes 7' long
ZRC451B 5 pipes 11' long
ZRC451C Cloche Pipe full roll of 400'. *Pick up only or call for shipping rates.
Here is another versatile greenhouse solution! The Culti Cave is 2m (6') tall, 1.67m (66") wide, and 0.8m (31") deep, with zipper doors on both sides, and a sewn-in groundsheet to stop slugs and other pests from getting in. The zippered walls can be opened partially or fully for ventilation, but they can also be zipped together so you can have two or more Culti Caves in a row for an instant polytunnel. The plastic is tough, UV stabilized PVC.
The tough, UV-stabilized, 150-micron polyethylene sheet forms a complete barrier, retaining heat and humidity, while protecting against frost, harsh weather, and pests. Easy Poly Tunnels can be used over heat loving crops like melons, peppers, and bush tomatoes, or you can set them out early to warm the soil before transplanting. Hoops are made from durable galvanized steel. Tunnel is 45cm x 30cm x 300cm (18" x 12" x 9'10").
AGRYL P30 A heavier fabric, this offers frost protection down to -5 Celsius. It can be used over lettuce, spinach, strawberries, and winter squash in the fall. Placed over heat-loving vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, squash and melons, it can make a 2-3 month difference in cool summer areas. When using over tall seedlings, support the fabric on hoops so the plants do not bear weight. Heavyweight row cover makes a warm environment for the first flowers on tomatoes, giving an earlier fruit set, but will not protect them from blight. It can also be used over potatoes and corn for the first 2-3 weeks after planting to speed sprouting. Doubling the fabric gives more frost protection but it transmits less light. We recommended for wrapping it around shrubs and trees to protect them from winter winds.
ZRC504D=10'6" x 200'
ZRC504E = whole roll - 1000 feet. Call for shipping quote. This item must travel by special courier or can be ready for pick up.
|ZRC504A||3.3 x 6.1m||10'6" x 20'|
|ZRC504B||3.3 x 15.2m||10'6" x 50'|
|3.3 x 61.1m||10'6" x 100'|
AGRYL P17 This 1/2oz per square yard fabric is designed for insect exclusion and seedling protection. It is good for situations where you want protection without heat build-up. Flea beetles, aphids, thrips, cabbageworm butterflies, carrot rust flies, cabbage root maggot flies, and leaf miner flies will be excluded if the cover is carefully applied. It can also be applied over newly seeded beds to aid germination and decrease water evaporation from the surface of the soil. Applied over new transplants, it offers some sun and wind protection and moisture retection. 5 degrees Celsius.
|ZRC401A||2.2 x 6.1m||7.2 x 20'|
|ZRC401B||2.2 x 15.2m||7.2 x 50'|
|ZRC401C||2.2 x 30.48m||7.2 x 100'|
|ZRC401D||2.2 x 61m||7.2 x 200'|
ZRC401E = whole roll - 820 feet - call for shipping quote. This item will have to travel by special courier or can be ready for pick up.
Great for patios! The lightweight skeleton of this four tier shelving system is made from coated aluminum tubing. Four laminated wire shelves fit in place, and a transparent plastic greenhouse cover fits over the whole unit. The front of the plastic has two zippers to roll the door up and tie to an open position to ventilate the greenhouse. Assembled size: H: 157cm (62") W: 68cm (27") D: 48cm (19"). Collapses down for easy shipping and storage.
This all natural, biodegradable mulch garden fleece sheet allows the ground to breathe and water to seep into the soil, but prevents most weeds from emerging. Simply rake the area, removing any sharp rocks, and then lay the fleece in place beneath a 5cm layer of soil, bark mulch, or pea gravel. Even persistent weeds like morning glory and blackberries can be thwarted if a double layer of fleece is used with a slightly deeper top mulch. Great for perennial beds, paths, and around raised beds. Covers 15 square meters (160 sq ft).
Constructed from biodegradable materials, these garden peges will hold down tarps, mulch, or row cover and can then be tilled into the ground. 10 per bag.
This tunnel has fine mesh over galvanized steel hoops, and will keep cabbage moths, carrot rust flies, and other insect pests off your crops. The ends seal shut witha drawstring. Just be sure to remove the tunnel if pollination is needed.
ZRC303 10' long x 24" wide x 18" tall
From the Austrian company Juwel comes this dynamic, easy-to-assemble cold frame that snaps together in minutes. Perfect for large and small space gardening. In early spring and in autumn, when temperatures are too cold for planting out, the double-skin 4mm polycarbonate lid folds down to keep plants warm and heat the soil beneath them. It can be propped open on sunny days for ventilation. As the weather warms up, the polycarbonate slides out, revealing a screen that will protect your crops from insects and small animals. This can also be raised up, out of the way, or you can water straight through the mesh. The footprint of the Year Round Cold Frame is 127 x 60cm (50 x 23"). The front panel is 30cm (12") tall and the back panel is 40cm (16") tall.
Galvanized wire staples push 10cm (4") into the soil at 30cm (12") spacing to hold the floating row cover in place. Push them in on an angle like tent pegs. These staples offer firm attachment for covering that will not be lifted very often. Staples are 1 inch wide at the top.
Galvanized wire staples push 15cm (6") into the soil at 30cm (12") spacing to hold the floating row cover in place. Push them in on an angle like tent pegs. These staples offer firm attachment for covering that will not be lifted very often. Staples are 6 inches long and 1 inch wide at the top.
This biodegradable paper garden mulch controls weeds for a whole season. Simply laying down this biodegradable paper over your planting rows. Cut a hole every time you want to insert a transplant. Made from 100% post-consumer materials. The package itself is 33cm tall x 30cm wide. Effective and easy to use.
ZHG512 Paper Mulch is 2ft wide by 25ft long
For warmth! Fleece is essentially the same product as the lightweight row cover. This garden plant tunnel creates warmth and insulates plants in the row, while allowing sunlight and water to filter through to the vegetables or herbs. The sturdy support hoops are made from galvanized steel. Ends close with a drawstring to keep insect pests out.
ZRC301 Easy Fleece Grow Tunnel is 45cm x 30cm x 300cm (18" x 12" x 9'10").
For shade and Insects! This "Easy Net Tunnel" provides both shading from strong sunlight and protection from insects, birds, and other pests. A drawstring allows you to control ventilation in the tunnel by closing or opening the ends. Support hoops are made from galvanized steel.
ZRC302 Easy Net Growing Tunnel is 50cm x 40cm x 310cm (20" x 15" x 10'2").
Use this premium quality landscape fabric around trees and landscape beds, under patios, decks, and garden paths, and anywhere you want permanent protection from annoying weeds. Used in areas that don't have high foot traffic, Weed Shield will provide effective protection for 20 years. One 3 x 50' roll. When its packaged it is 92cm tall x 7cm wide
This red plastic tray is split down the middle so you can install it around the base of an established tomato plant. The red reflects light back up to the plant, increasing productivity. Four funnel-shaped holes allow water to be poured directly to the roots, and the stem of each plant is hugged snugly in the centre, so no weeds can emerge, but keeping daytime warmth in the soil for longer into the evening. Sold in packs of 3 trays each. The tray measures 30cm long x 30cm wide.
These large plastic nails can be pushed through the fabric and without tearing, for covers that get opened frequently. The package comes with 10 pegs and measures 12cm tall x 10cm wide.
This is a wall of water. One pack contains three reusable plant protectors. Extend your growing season and plant tomatoes up to six weeks earlier, harvest fruit weeks earlier, and protect plants when overnight temperatures drop below freezing. This item measures 25cm tall x 25cm wide.
Made from sturdy acacia wood harvested from sustainable forests, with double wall polycarbonate glazing. This plant house is ideal for patios and smaller gardens. The top is hinged and can be locked in place for ventilation, and the two front doors swing open. This unit also includes two slatted wooden shelves. Easy to assemble and light enough low for easy drainage. Unit measures 76cm x 56cm x 109cm.
Get the most from your tomato plants with these mini greenhouses made from red, perforated plastic film. They allow air circulation, but retain heat for faster growing plants, and they protect plants from rain and pests. Designed to fit over tomato cages, with UV stabilizers added for longer life. This product comes as one sheet that is 28" tall by 20' wide. It is intended to be cut and wrapped around tomato cages and then tied at the top with twist ties (included). It is enough material to cover 6 to 7 cages.
This "Better Reds" plastic mulch reflects the red up to the fruit that are setting above it - strawberries, melons, peppers and of course, tomatoes! It has the added benefits of maintaining higher moisture in the soil below, and keeping the soil a few degrees warmer.
HG511 B Package contains one roll 3' wide 24' long