For years now we have been excited to integrate season-extension concepts such as row covers into our gardening. That time has finally come!
We are going to call the below a low tunnel (rather than a row cover) because it's quite sturdy and more versatile than a row cover.
Here's what we did:
Made a frame to match the dimensions of the raised bed using 2x2s fastened together with long deck screws and strengthened with...
...corner gussets made of 1/2 inch thick plywood:
For the tunnel frame we used some salvaged fencing:
We attached the fencing with u-shaped fence staples and a lot of strategic wire bending and twisting:
Ends were cut from scrap fencing to fit, secured to the frame with fence staples and secured to the top by twisting loose wire ends:
Here's the frame atop one or our raised beds. This bed is chock-full of kale, cabbage and early purple sprouting broccoli:
Here you can see Jennifer fastening the low tunnel frame to the raised bed with a hinge so that we can access the green "goods":
Here we attach the fabric covering and then...
The end-game: easily-accessed bountiful greens well into the cold season and, we anticipate, year round!
We love our greens!