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Name: Jim
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MoonShadows
May 18, 2020 5:25 PM CST
Stop paying outlandish prices for row covers for brassicas (cabbages, broccoli and cauliflower) to keep bugs away. Use tulle, that thin, lightweight, extremely fine, soft flowy machine-made netting fabric often used for wedding veils, gowns, etc. Works even better than traditional row covers. Let's more sun in, and easily allows water to penetrate. Only a fraction of the cost compared to traditional row covers for the same purpose..

54" x 120' at Amazon (or other sites) for just $12.35 vs. 2, 3 or 4 times that much for traditional brassica row covers!

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joannakat
May 19, 2020 9:02 AM CST
Love this idea! How does the fabric hold up from season to season?
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Name: Jim
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MoonShadows
May 19, 2020 3:21 PM CST
joannakat said:Love this idea! How does the fabric hold up from season to season?


This is the first season I am using it, but even if it only lasts one season, I only used about 20 yards. That will give me 6 year's worth at $2.06 a year. Can't beat that for a protective row cover.

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joannakat
May 19, 2020 5:49 PM CST
Well, please update us! You certainly can't beat the price... Thumbs up
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Name: Thomas Mitchell
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thommesM
Jun 11, 2020 12:28 PM CST
@MoonShadows perfect timing. I'm looking to get insect netting for row covers. Need something wider than 5' so will have to see it comes in wider size. Would you say this material could hold up to a chipmunk if properly secured to the wood bed?
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joannakat
Jun 11, 2020 1:21 PM CST
Grumbling Grumbling Grumbling , chipmunks... Grumbling
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Name: Jim
Northeast Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
My garden feeds my body and soul
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MoonShadows
Jun 11, 2020 1:33 PM CST
thommesM said:@MoonShadows perfect timing. I'm looking to get insect netting for row covers. Need something wider than 5' so will have to see it comes in wider size. Would you say this material could hold up to a chipmunk if properly secured to the wood bed?


A chipmunk would be able to chew through this material. I am using this for cabbage pests. On my strawberries, that get eaten by chipmunks, I am using a metal covering...hardware cloth. Might be overkill, but chipmunks can and will chew through anything that is material or plastic.

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Ganoob
Sep 20, 2020 1:26 PM CST
I used tulle for the first time this year and will definitely use it again. It kept chipmunks and birds from eating the veg and flowers in my container garden, and it protected my tomato plants from the rabbits and the woodchuck. Not that these creatures couldn't chew through the tulle if they tried, but it seems to discourage them on contact. A bolt of green was about $14 on EBay.
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joannakat
Sep 20, 2020 2:15 PM CST
Wow! The chipmunks got to all my sunflower seeds and seedlings and the zinnias as well. I will definitely use tulle this coming spring!
AKA Joey.
Name: Jim
Northeast Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
My garden feeds my body and soul
Greenhouse Vegetable Grower Seed Starter Container Gardener Peppers Hydroponics
Canning and food preservation Growing under artificial light Region: Pennsylvania
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MoonShadows
Sep 20, 2020 2:41 PM CST
Just a follow up from me. The tulle protected my cabbages at a fraction of the cost of a row cover. We made plenty of cole slaw and sauerkraut this year from our cabbages. I will definitely use it again next season.
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joannakat
Sep 26, 2020 6:08 PM CST
Ganoob said:I used tulle for the first time this year and will definitely use it again. It kept chipmunks and birds from eating the veg and flowers in my container garden, and it protected my tomato plants from the rabbits and the woodchuck. Not that these creatures couldn't chew through the tulle if they tried, but it seems to discourage them on contact. A bolt of green was about $14 on EBay.


@Ganoob, can you please provide a link? I'm a bit cautious about buying from anyone who isn't recommended as reliable.

AKA Joey.
Name: Jim
Northeast Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
My garden feeds my body and soul
Greenhouse Vegetable Grower Seed Starter Container Gardener Peppers Hydroponics
Canning and food preservation Growing under artificial light Region: Pennsylvania
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MoonShadows
Sep 27, 2020 12:51 PM CST
joannakat said:

@Ganoob, can you please provide a link? I'm a bit cautious about buying from anyone who isn't recommended as reliable.



This is where I bought mine.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/prod...

MoonShadows Farm: Good Eats & Treats from the Pocono Mountains
Our PA Food Forest: An edible forest garden in our backyard
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joannakat
Sep 27, 2020 12:57 PM CST
MoonShadows said:

This is where I bought mine.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/prod...



Thanks!

AKA Joey.

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