What is a Grow it Now! Plant Protector?
Why do I want these plant protectors?
- They function like a greenhouse minus the greenhouse price. And the greenhouse fan. And unlike a greenhouse they lay flat for easy storage.
- Easy to assemble (minutes), easy to place in your garden.
- There's two cut-outs allowing my drip irrigation line to run through the dome.
- Plant protectors are useful in the beginning and the end of the season, first to jumpstart your seeds and seedlings + plants and finally to help extend your growing season in the fall when that first frost comes.
- Plant protectors should allow you to plant between 2-3 weeks before your last frost date giving you a huge advantage when it comes to germination and growth.
- There's no doubt Miracle-Gro works. It's more of an issue of...."hmmm...do I want these chemicals in my soil forever?" Nope. Plant protectors help you grow more organically because you don't need a chemical boost. Instead, you're relying on increased temps to ignite your plants.
- How do you even store a greenhouse or a cold frame? We just don't have the space right now. These mini greenhouses fold up flat and tight so that they can be stored easily.
- Their tops have an interlocking snap top to open and close. I open to check plant progress and to see if they need water. The top can be left open all the time if you want the plants to grow up and through.
- If you are worried about it getting too warm inside the dome and scorching your plants, you can always leave the top open for continuous ventilation.
- Most surprising of all...they stay in place. Tom mounded up dirt on the sides of ours. It gets a little windier in raised beds but they have stayed put. Good job Tom!
- They have holes to stake them in the ground. Tom just mounded up the dirt and that worked for us. I guess we were too lazy and too cheap to buy stakes.
- Treat them right and they will last you many years. They have a UV coating but extreme cold and extreme heat always does bad things to plastic.
A few last tips....
1.) How many to buy and 2.) What size will you need?
1.) I would recommended one plant protector for each plant. You could place multiple plants under each plant protector, but I don't want to disturb established plants. So thinning out seedlings and transplanting could work if you're up for it.
2.) Size is tricky! For taller and fuller plants such as tomatoes, I think you'll want the 18" plant protectors. But as for plants like peppers, lettuce, onions, eggplant and broccoli, the smaller 11" sized ones are ideal and will allow you to fit more plant protectors in the garden. I'm on the fence with cucumbers and squash, we tried some in each and will let you know what worked best for us!
The future of plant protectors
But...if you're anything like me, a product that is reasonably-priced and solves a problem is a done deal. I'm through with the blankets with the holes in them! Too messy.
24 mini greenhouses!
1.) 12 large 18 inch plant protectors
2.) 12 smaller 11 inch plant protectors
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