Last year, I bought a grass seed cover to put over my early lettuce, greens, and radishes, which were up an inch or so, to protect them from below freezing temps. It had a picture on the pack showing people using it over a vegetable garden, with the caption, "Increased Crop Yields". I also used it to protect my peas from being eaten by the rabbits. I liked it because it let rain come through.
Today, I decided to see what would happen if I put the fabric over my recently planted seeds that weren't up yet to see if they would come up sooner and start growing. I noticed something through a tear in the fabric after I put it down. I turned it up to see there were some radishes coming up!
I went ahead and put the cover down. I was planning on trying to make a hoop house or cold frame, but I'm going to see how quickly the rest of the plants come up and grow.
When I first planted, I only had one package of radish seeds, I think, cherry belle. Yesterday I purchased these. I've grown Crimson Giant before. This will be my first time to plant the French Blush.
Since some of the other radishes are up, I decided to plant some more, diagonally as the area was too much of a rectangle to try a circle, and I left room between the rows to plant lettuce in a couple weeks.
I found lots of perennials greening up today. There is a new spring in my step!