Row covers: 9 gauge vs 14 gauge – lesson learned!

Update: See the row covers here!

Today dried out enough to do some work on the garden. I transplanted the onions and lettuce and planted the peas. Started the pea trellis. Decided to do row covers over the lettuce and onions. We ran to Lowes to get the twine for the trellis and wire and plastic for the covers. Found 16, 14 and 9 gauge wires. I remembered seeing Territorial Seed selling 46″ lengths of 9 gauge wire but in the interest of saving money, got 14 gauge.

Did I say saving money? Phht, just wasted $8 :irked: No way will 14 gauge work, it’s too flimsy. So back to Lowes we go tomorrow to do it right. We set up the covers using this wire for the night because, being Oregon, it started POURING just as we got home and I wanted to protect the plants from too much abuse. I came in and did proper research and found everyone says 9 gauge. Duh.

Once I get it done *properly*, I’ll post pictures. Hopefully this will be tomorrow between expecting rain showers. Ah, spring in the Willamette Valley!

There’s definitely an abundance of clay in the garden, while working in the garden between downpours, my shoes ended up being platform shoes with 2 inches of mud coating the bottom and sides :rofl

2 replies
  1. Tessa at Blunders with shoots, blossoms 'n roots
    Tessa at Blunders with shoots, blossoms 'n roots says:

    Yep! 9 gauge is the one to get- I made the same mistake a few years ago! In fall I may even add some pvc tubing to go oven the wire that will sit right where I have the loop in my wire so I can turn the tunnels into chenilles- much easier to move the plastic up and down than having to take it on and off 🙂

    Happy Spring to you my fellow NWer!

    • Amy
      Amy says:

      Happy Spring! Lets hope we get more sun now!

      It was a silly mistake but I knew so little about wire, I’m glad I’m not the only one to make it. I hope to move up to PVC, maybe for fall row covers!


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