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PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 4:07 pm    Post subject: Using green plastic netting in my veggie garden Reply with quote

I have a roll of green netting in my shed and I was thinking it of using it over my young veggie plants as a sort of wind and insect barrier.

Currently I use fleece to do that but in recent wind and rain the fleece has been torn to pieces. Would the green plastic work or would it block too much sun. I've also heard it being called 'shade netting'.

Thanks a mill..
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We are using netting to protect against pigeons. The sun seems to be getting through ok as the plants are definitely growing. But maybe ours has wider holes. It is just garden netting.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shade netting tends to come in grades- you need a higher grade if you live close the equator and your plants are likely to get scorched in the middle of the day. It depends on what you're growing, and how much light the plot gets for how much of the day- but a very dense shade cloth (look up grades on the internet- i don't have any experience with them) would probably block out too much light for light hungry crops, tomatoes for example. A crop that overwinters well in Ireland- like cabbages- would probably be okay in summer with shade cloth, but you might want to re-think when the days get shorter.

PS- I'm not an expert!!

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2010 8:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks a mill. I didn't realize there was different grades, that will make my decision easier.
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