(Bahiagrass) (Chickweed) (Coffeeweed) is easy to identify from pictures. WALTER REEVES

Weed-identification book is a handy tool

Go to a hardware store and buy some three-quarter-inch diameter black flexible plastic plumbing pipe. Cut the pipe to lengths that will go over two opposing rebar pieces so each piece curves over the top of your bed. This makes the “ribs” of the hoop house. Put chicken wire over the ribs and use plastic zip ties to attach it to the plastic pipe.

Over this you can put sheet plastic or polyester floating row cover, depending on how cold you predict it will be. Leave the ends of your hoop house open or closed, again depending on your weather forecast. This should protect the small cuttings easily during winter. If you cover with plastic, you’ll need to water them occasionally. Next spring, you can remove the covering system and store it to put in place next fall.

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