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PostPosted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 11:47 am    Post subject: Horticultural fleece for protecting seeds Reply with quote

I sowed some seeds directly yesterday and was concerned about frost last night so I covered the raised beds with individual pieces of fleece held in place with pegs.

Can the fleece be left on during the day (to save laboriously removing it each morning) as light does seem to penetrate it. Also, can it be watered over?
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It can be left on, depending on it's grade and thickness. Watch out for hot days though! The fleece will reflect a lot of the heat, but maybe not enough. If left on, watering shouldn't be a problem as it won't evaporate from the soil as quickly. Watering over the fleece won't allow enough through so would be a wast of time. The light frosts we would get at the moment shouldn't damage the majority of the seeds, the danger is the seedlings that have germinated. Being sown in the ground, most seedlings will deal with very light frost as they germinate, although things like Beetroot might run to seed, so you need a variety like 'Boltardy'. You might, depending on the type of seeds you've sown, be in danger of molly-coddling them with the fleece.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks. The fleece is 20gsm which I've been told is the optimum. Perhaps I'll just remove it after reading this post!
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 8:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

leave the fleece on day and night until first week of may, enough water and light can get through it encourages more weed seedlings.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 11:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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encourages more weed seedlings.


I don't understand this - is that desirable?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 12:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yorky wrote:
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encourages more weed seedlings.


I don't understand this - is that desirable?


Not in your case.

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