PRO­TECT EV­ERY­THING

NZ Gardener - Garden Diary 2018 - - Plant More -

Spring is a tem­pes­tu­ous sea­son, mean­ing ev­ery­thing is un­der threat of sud­den de­struc­tion: blus­tery winds can re­duce a thriving gar­den to a mess of potage, and hail can turn what’s left to con­fetti. Keep­ing those el­e­ments off young seedlings is chal­leng­ing un­less you are grow­ing un­der­cover in a tun­nel­house, but there are ways to re­duce the chances of shred­dingby-weather. Cloches, glass or plas­tic, pro­tect against ev­ery­thing bar in­sects and mol­luscs. Rough weather is coun­tered by a well-an­chored cloche and even cold air is kept at bay, as un­der the clear skin of a cloche the air can be sev­eral de­grees warmer. At this time of year, let­tuces ben­e­fit greatly from pro­tec­tion from un­ex­pected cold, and cloches suit them per­fectly, but be aware they don’t de­ter slugs and snails. The most ef­fec­tive way to keep their num­bers down is to go into your gar­den at night with a head torch, and pick them off by hand.

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