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Recycle Old Curtains as Row Cover

Many gardeners have discovered the advantages of floating row cover for protecting gardens from light frosts and insects. I once called it “The Perfect Insect Barrier”. And you can find it in just about any garden center as well as on line. 

But maybe you don’t have to buy it! You see, you can recuperate old light-weight sheer curtains (net curtains) as row cover for that purpose. It works just as well and lasts longer too! Or maybe you can find used curtains in a thrift shop. 

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

2 comments on “Recycle Old Curtains as Row Cover

  1. As much as I dislike those in the home, I would not feel right about using them in the garden after keeping them clean inside for so long. Fortunately, we do not need much protection from frost.

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