Tulle in the Garden: mosquito protection

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Tulle in the Garden

By chelle
August 24, 2012

Tulle is a useful asset in the garden. It easily outperforms expensive and short-lived row cover material by allowing more essential elements to reach your plants.

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hazelnut
Aug 24, 2012 7:43 AM CST
wedding tulle makes a great cage cover for rabbits who are bothered by mosquitos, too. So sad to see a helpless baby rabbit with 2 or 3 mosquitos under its nose and the rabbit has not way to swat away the mosquito. A double layer of tulle draped over their cages can get baby rabbits through a bad mosquito infestation.
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chelle
Aug 24, 2012 8:15 AM CST
Great idea! Thumbs up

During really bad mosquito and gnat years we've also used it as a head drape under a hat while gardening and mowing....keeps the little monsters off the face, and out of the eyes!

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hazelnut
Aug 24, 2012 5:13 PM CST
The skeets seem to be attracted to the CO2 coming out of the rabbits noses. Sometimes they look like little "Hitler's" (not a good image for pacifistic rabbits) with their mosquito mustaches.
Yeah me too, a drape of tulle over my head and sometimes I stick a red rose over my ear just for effect. After-all, I do not intend ever to be a bride again!

I bought blue and aqua for the rab cages.

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chelle
Aug 24, 2012 5:42 PM CST
Hilarious! Too funny! I bet I have some of the same...is it patterned, or solids?

I bought some on sale that had abstract flowers and curlicues...thought it would blend in nicely in the garden. Whistling It did.
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hazelnut
Aug 25, 2012 7:24 AM CST
Ive never seen printed tulle.
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chelle
Aug 25, 2012 11:42 AM CST
That material might go by a different name. *Blush*

I'm don't know much about fabric except that if it has holes of the right size and the weight is minimal, it works great in the garden. Big Grin
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hazelnut
Aug 26, 2012 7:28 AM CST
I did find some printed tulle at Fabric.com. This is a blue florial. There also was one with stars.


http://www.fabric.com/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=e57d9f37-...

They don't even mention 'mosquito netting' as one of the uses!


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chelle
Aug 26, 2012 7:52 AM CST
Imagine that. Blinking

I'd much rather cover up with this stuff than bug spray.
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hazelnut
Aug 26, 2012 10:09 AM CST
Im reading Thomas Hardy Far From the Madding Crowd (orig. pub. 1874). Bathsheba Everdene is going to work with the bees so she appears with netting tucked under her bonnet. Military guy insists on helping her---so she puts the bonnet with netting on him.

I think netting was here before pesticides--a much more rational way to go about it.
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Sharon
Aug 26, 2012 4:56 PM CST
Gloria, I love the way your mind makes those kinds of connections. Reading Thomas Hardy again! Sometimes I do that too and I get lots of ideas, especially from Mark Twain Smiling Recently I was trying to find what 'recipe' he'd used for the white wash for the fence. He wouldn't have ordered the ingredients online, that's for sure.

This is a great article/idea, Chelle. I'll bet yards and yards of tulle will be sold this year just because of your article. Thanks for sharing such a clever idea.
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chelle
Aug 26, 2012 5:42 PM CST
I tip my hat to you.


Did you find his recipe? I, too, always wondered what he used.

Buttermilk, lime and a splash of linseed oil, maybe?

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Sharon
Aug 26, 2012 6:06 PM CST
I couldn't find it, but buttermilk and something, that's all I know.

But in the middle of the mid west, and that many years ago, it would be hard to say
And I'm not sure of the oil either, but I'm still looking. Something makes me think he used ash and possibly animal fat, but that's just my own thinking, nothing for sure.
Like I said, I'm still looking.
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Sharon
Aug 26, 2012 6:11 PM CST
Eggwhite, maybe.
I'm not chemically minded enough to know what combos will create the carbonate that makes it permanent and sort of antiseptic.

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chelle
Aug 26, 2012 6:53 PM CST
That was my biggest question, too, the permanence; what made it stay on the fence long enough to make it worthwhile. I'm thinking that the oil might have drawn it into the wood. Shrug!

Egg whites is an interesting idea. Do I recall correctly that there was a certain odor involved in his painting project? It seems that there would have been with either buttermilk or eggs involved.
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Sharon
Aug 26, 2012 6:57 PM CST
It's some chemical reaction that makes it permanent. Some combination of things that create a chemical reaction that provides stability. I'll see what I can find.

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Sharon
Aug 26, 2012 7:02 PM CST
Carbonatation. That's the word I couldn't remember.

Anyway, here's a pretty good history of whitewash: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whitewash

But here is an excellent article, and it says to start with lime:

http://newlifeonahomestead.com/2012/08/homemade-diy-paint-wh...

It even includes a photo of Tom Sawyer. My hero!!
And now we know.
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chelle
Aug 26, 2012 7:32 PM CST
That has several interesting recipes. Thumbs up

Thanks, Sharon.

I got caught up in one of those chemical reactions pages... Hilarious! ...still interesting, but not nearly as easy to read.
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Sharon
Aug 26, 2012 7:33 PM CST
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hazelnut
Aug 27, 2012 8:04 AM CST
I once researched historic whitewash because it was used routinely on outbuildings on the plantations and historic town houses here in Alabama. (I was curator of a historic property here). traditionally even the White House in Washington was whitewashed every few years. The recipe I found was essentially the limewash as given in your homestead link. Another finish for old wooden buildings was copper sulfate mixed with motor oil or sometimes linseed oil. This creates a dark greenish stain--preserves wood, but used motor oil is a pretty serious carcinogen.
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chelle
Aug 27, 2012 9:54 AM CST
We're very fond of the dark green here, although ours is just regular paint.

All of these vintage recipes and ideas are so interesting to me. I'm jotting them down in my favorite homesteading book, just in case my son ever wants to look 'em up and ponder over them. Big Grin
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