The gardening season is off to a slower-than-usual start here in Denver. The weather is unseasonably cold and windy so it’s unpleasant to be outside digging in the soil. For gardeners itching to start planting, 28-degree night-time temperatures make for a very long spring.
“I told my husband, Jon, that I had an idea and we brainstormed it,” she says. “We brainstormed something that closed at the top to keep the plant protector upright.”
Since January she’s been experimenting with the plant protectors in her unheated greenhouse by planting lettuce, bok choi varieties, and peas. Now’s she’s experimenting with growing corn.
Over the last several years I’ve learned to wait until the last weekend in May to plant warm-season crops, like tomatoes and peppers, but that doesn’t mean I wait patiently.
Her husband’s engineering degree and background in plastics and automated process design came in handy to refine the EZ-wall design and get it into production. “We use UV-rated plastic and the closure is marine-grade UV rope, which adds to longevity,” she says.
Debbie tested the plant protectors over the winter and says they withstood temperature fluctuations from below zero at night to 50 degrees during the day and there were no issues with freezing or thawing.
“The EZ-walls act like an insulating blanket,” she says. All the plants are doing well and the corn is almost a foot high.”
After moving to Arizona last summer and experiencing the same problem in winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour, she says she had enough.
Debbie Schauer, the Jane-of-all-trades who dreamed up the design for the EZ-walls Plant Protectors, sent me a free sample to try in my garden. I have to say it had me at how easy it was to fill with water.
Gardeners who want to extend their growing season in cool climates can benefit from an effective new plant protector design.