The above picture of a baby zephyr summer squash was taken in my home garden. Notice how beautifully healthy the plant is. There is virtually no insect damage. This is the case even though I use absolutely no insecticides. Gardening is very satisfying when you can grow plants like that.
Here is another telling picture from my garden...
Those squash blossoms are glowing in the morning sun—they are radiantly healthy. Yes indeed, it is so satisfying to place a seed in the soil and have it grow into such a lovely plant. This is the way gardening should be. This is the way that I imagine summer squash grew in the Garden of Eden.
Now, look at this cabbage from my garden....
Again, no insecticide of any kind was used in the growing of that cabbage, yet it is unharmed by insects. The same applies to my cucumbers, zucchini, winter squash, and pumpkins.
This doesn’t happen because I live in some magical place where cabbage worms, cucumber beetles, and squash bugs do not exist. On the contrary, such enemies (and many more) are in my garden, and they would devastate my plantings.... if I let them. But I don’t let them.
I keep bugs away from my young and vulnerable garden plants with a barrier of row cover fabric. But the fabric by itself is only part of the equation. And that brings me to the point of this little web site.
I am going to reveal to you here a “system” I have developed for using row cover fabric in my garden. Here is a picture of what I’m going to teach you how to make....
That picture shows a row of hoops covered with row cover fabric. The hoops are made of inexpensive, long lasting 1/2” pvc plastic water pipe. What is not clearly visible in the picture is that the hoops are precisely spaced, in a straight row, and solidly anchored. furthermore, the row cover fabric is firmly secured to the hoops and will not blow off. Best of all, I constructed this row cover tunnel very quickly and very easily using my Whizbang Row Cover Hoop System. When you are done reading through this web site, you will understand my Whizbang system and you will be able to make it work for you like it works for me.
UPDATE: 9 June 2013
After three years and 81,000 views, the how-to information on this web site has been incorporated into The Planet Whizbang Idea Book For Gardeners. Also, when you purchase a copy of the book, you get instructions about how to find the book's hidden online Resources web site. There you will be able to see the entire photo-tutorial that was once posted here.