The frost cloth was working, but rain made it sag and I was afraid the weight of the wet cloth would rip itself. I added support lines between stakes to support the cloth in more places. It worked well after a moderate rain and a light snowstorm.
|Support lines shown in yellow|
It's easier to put on and off, and the cloth doesn't snag around the support posts.
The lines use clove hitches around the base of the mushroom cap on each support - it's an easy knot to make and unmake, easy to adjust in the middle of the line, and one of the few that can be made in the middle of a line without untying one end.
|Supports with the added guy lines (orange garden twine)|
Possible Variations and ImprovementsI don't have time to try these, but they would work.
- Alternate supports ... use PVC pipe with end caps. PVC pipe can be cut at home, is not as rough and is less likely to snag the frost cloth than rebar.
- For a removable but convenient support system, pound in pipe big enough to hold the supports so you can drop them in quickly. Plug the pipe holes with something between uses to keep dirt, dead leaves, and critters out.