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Raised bed Covers

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Raised Bed Covers

Raised bed covers are essential for your raised vegetable garden if you want to grow later in the year and overwinter, or get an early start in the spring. They also offer the perfect insect & pest protection and keep strong winds and rain at bay.

Raised beds are better for growing vegetables because they raise them off the ground level, protecting them from foot traffic and creating a more comfortable working height. Raised bed protection covers increase the uses of your planter and ensure greater growing success rates. There are four main types of cover you can add; Plastic, mesh netting, bird & butterfly netting and garden fleece, all held securely in place by a support frame.

Our Raised Bed Covers Are Available Here

A raised bed cover is a domed structure resembling a mini polytunnel consisting of a wooden frame and plastic tubing to make the crop cover support hoops. Quickcrop provide simple kits to build raised bed covers which can be either ordered as a full kit or ordered as individual components.

mini polytunnle with polythene coverPoly Cover (Plastic)

Plastic covers are generally made from high quality clear polythene, the same kind used in larger polytunnels. This provides a complete barrier between your plants and pests, harsh weather or animals, while still retaining heat and humidity. Perfect for protection against the elements. Using a clear plastic cover on your raised bed will increase the soil’s temperature and create a humid atmosphere. This enables you to start growing earlier in the year and extend the growing season later on too. To create a mini polytunnel just attach the poly cover to a mini tunnel frame or cloche hoops and attach to a raised bed.

mini polytunnle garden clocheMicro Mesh (Insect Netting)

Micromesh is an ultra fine garden mesh netting that offers the best insect protection for plants. It effectively keeps garden pests like carrot flies, flea beetles, and aphids out while allowing air and water in. A micromesh cover doesn’t have to be removed for watering or applying a liquid plant feed. When the weather heats up a plastic cover may no longer be required, replace with a good micro mesh cover to keep pests away and prevent scorching if the weather really takes off.

fleece crop protection coverGarden Fleece

Fleece covers for raised beds protect plants from pests, animals and the elements. Most importantly fleece insulates them from frost and colder conditions down to -5 degrees while still allowing light, air and moisture in to circulate. It is especially good for getting an early start for vegetable plants or for overwintering and it can also be used year round to protect against heavy rain, biting winds and strong sunlight, insects, animals and pests. Garden fleece is very popular among UK vegetable gardeners as it is reusable and can be set up in a matter of minutes to keep you ahead of our changeable climate. Fleece can be placed over seed beds without damaging tender young seedlings. The lightweight mesh is easily pushed up by emerging plants.

vegetable growers tunnle cloche kitRaised Bed Hoops

A good raised vegetable bed cover should be dome shaped to resemble a mini polytunnel. This shape allows extra headroom for plants as they grow. Large cloche hoops or our mini polytunnel frame are perfect for achieving this shape.

Cloche hoops can be pushed into the soil of the raised bed or fastened to the sides. Our Quickcrop mini polytunnel kits come with a frame made from curved tubing, these tubes fix into the base which can then be attached to a raised bed via a hinge for easy opening. Any cover can be used with either method, use plastic for a mini greenhouse effect, netting for a pest protected vegetable bed, and fleece for the ultimate season extender.

    1. admin

      Hi Bobby. We make standard size timber frames of 6×4 and 6×3 but you can make the mini tunnels to any size you like. The plastic brackets to hold the tubes are available separately so you can make a frame longer than 6ft by sourcing timber locally (we are restricted by our couriers to lengths of 1.8m). The same applies to the tubing, we supply in lengths of 1.2m which gives a finished mini tunnel height of approx 75mm (2ft) but you can use longer if you wish. I hope that all makes sense, I include a link to component part page for your convenience: https://www.quickcrop.co.uk/product/mini-polytunnel-builder
      Let me know if I can be of any more help. Andrew

  1. Robert Hindle

    Hello, I’m interested in this for a raised bed garden we’re planning. You mention “that a good raised vegetable bed cover should be dome shaped … to allow extra headroom for plants as they grow.” So too would a box shaped bed cover. I would genuinely like to know the benefits of a dome shaped over box shape and would be grateful if you could share that…?

    1. Andrew

      Hi Robert. A square shape cover will be just as effective as a round one, the domed structures just tend to be stronger and easier to put up but have no other specific benefit.

  2. Richard King

    I really like idea of building my own polytunnel, using your components, to cover our raised bed. I see that, using 1.2m lengths of pipe, gives approx 75cm of height on the cover. However we only really need a low cover, say 45cm. Is the pipe flexible enough to achieve this by cutting each length down ?

  3. Pamela Rose

    Hi, I’ve just found flies in the plastic cover of the of my raised bed. They were having a bit of a party. I’ve taken it off the raised garden and hosed it down. Just wondering what to do to keep them away. The raised garden has a good deal of compost in it which may have attracted the flies.

    Should the cover come off during the day? I’ve been leaving it on the whole time – it’s been up for 2 weeks.

    Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated.

    All the best, Pamela

    1. Andrew

      Hi Pamela
      Yes, it is likely that the compost may have attracted flies or that their larvae were in the compost in the first place. Depending on what you are growing in the bed, I would remove on sunny days as it can get hot very quickly due to small size.
      I hope this helps

  4. Kenn Mallett


    I bought two set of fitting from you at the beginning of 2019 for some beds I had at the mother-in-laws, but gave these up…., don’t ask!
    Now I am nearer home and have an allotment.
    Recently I erected one of my mini poly tunnels with some debris netting. I’m amazed, (but also pleased) how much interest it has attracted. I need some new clips before I can erect the second one which I will be using to protect seedlings and lettuce.
    Could you offer any discount to our allotment association for purchases?
    I have had a very difficult time locating you again. It seems a general search for waterpipe or polypipe cloches doesn’t do it.
    Oh, Just to say, I am sooo pleased with my tunnels/cloches and as you’ve said, ideal to get things started at the beginning of the season if you use polythene.

    Keep up the good work.


    1. Andrew

      Hi Kenn,
      Congratulations on the allotment! They are in such demand these days. It’s great to have so much space available to you.
      We’re delighted you are getting so much use out of the mini polytunnel – they are so versatile. If you want to ask anybody who is interested to send an email to Niall at quickcrop@gmail.com and mention your name he will organise a discount for them!
      Happy Growing!

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