Planted my Cabbage, Cauliflower and Broccoli today under the Grow it Now! Plant Protectors. I planted on March 10, 2012 last year. We experienced a much colder and longer winter this year, I checked every day to see when my ground would be dry enough to plant. I was finally able to get in the garden with the tiller this evening. You will see a couple of the pictures have a Large Protector over the top of a smaller protector. Based on my testing last year, I was able to stimulate plant growth by putting the two sizes of protectors over one plant. The extra protector provided added heat and increased protection against the low night time temperatures. I especially saw this enhanced growth on my tomatoes and peppers.
I am continuing to reap the harvest from my Cabbage, Cauliflower, Broccoli and lettuce. I am just starting to harvest my radishes and onions. As you can see from the pictures my Tomatoes and Peppers are doing very well. 5 of my pepper plants have good sized peppers and my tomatoes are just starting to bear fruit. We had temperatures up to 91 degrees yesterday and I decided to leave the tops closed to see what would happen. My plants showed significant growth inside the Grow it Now! Plant Protectors and the temperature inside was well over 110 degrees. My plants did not show any signs of being too hot. I just made sure they had plenty of water.
I continue to harvest Cabbage, Cauliflower and Broccoli. My Brussels Sprouts are coming along very nicely it will be a little while until I am harvesting them.
My tomatoes and peppers are definitely the highlight for this post. They were planted between April 20 and April 28, 2012. On the Morning of May 6, 2012 the temperature dropped down to 26 degrees. We observed a temperature high of 55 degrees the day before and 59 degrees on that day. My plants showed no sign of damage and have thrived under the Grow it Now! Plant Protectors. We had three days where the wind gusts reached a high of 50 MPH. I didn’t lose 1 plant protector and none of my plants were harmed with wind whip.