Blankets for vegetables: Using frost cloth to protect plants from weather

Cold winter temperatures are a problem for many vegetable growers. At the least, they reduce growth and yield and extend the time to harvest. However, if temperatures fall below zero the consequences can be devastating. While some crops can recover, for others even a brief period at -1°C or lower can result in total crop loss.

This fact sheet explains how floating row covers can be used to protect crops from frost and other weather extremes, while at the same time protecting crops from insect pests.