Good enough to eat

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

Pro­tect­ing salad crops: If you want to stop your prize let­tuces be­ing dec­i­mated by green­fly and black­fly, in­vest in some in­sect-proof mesh, avail­able from spe­cial­ist or­ganic gar­den­ing sup­ply firms.

The mesh, which needs to cover your low-grow­ing crops and be weighted down with bricks, not only screens out preda­tory in­sects but also keeps birds and cats at bay, but al­lows rain to pass straight through it and re­duces evap­o­ra­tion by shel­ter­ing crops from wind, so the soil doesn’t dry out so fast. It can also be used in sum­mer as, un­like hor­ti­cul­tural fleece which traps heat un­der­neath, it won’t cook your crops.

Make sure you put it on as soon as you start sow­ing or you may just trap in­sects un­der­neath it.

Also, be aware it won’t de­ter slugs and snails, which may creep in un­der­neath, so you’ll need to be vig­i­lant. And if you are grow­ing beans, peas and cour­gettes, which need pol­li­na­tion, you’ll need to un­cover them once they start flow­er­ing or the bees won’t be able to ac­cess them.

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