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Eastern Tennessee (Zone 7a)
Jun 20, 2017 8:23 PM CST
Im looking to plant a bunch of eggplant next year and have been planning my beds out. I am putting in a low tunnel so I can get the eggplants in a bit early but I was also looking at insect netting. The stuff I was looking at was Protek 25 gram designed to keep out flea beetles which are a serious issue around here, but it still allows 92% of the light in as well as 65% iirc water through. itll have drip so im not really worried about watering but it is extremely pricey 620.00 per roll and I dont need the 348 feet that are on the smallest row of it.

Does anyone have any recommendations for insect netting? There will be 4 50' beds. The low tunnel will cover 2 beds at a time. Im using pvc (as recommended ) to keep from damaging the netting and Ill at least need it a bit wider than 10 ft.
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Name: Elaine
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Jun 21, 2017 8:56 AM CST
Bridal veil netting from the fabric store will serve your purpose just as well, I would think. It doesn't last in the sun as well as the fancy Protek netting, but if you just deploy it for the summers, and wash and store it carefully it will last you several years.

It's inexpensive, you can buy it by the yard so just get exactly the amount you need, and if you buy a color like maybe green it will also be very inconspicuous.

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Name: Sue
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Jun 21, 2017 9:07 AM CST
I don't know how the cost compares with bridal veil netting but there are other row covers for gardens such as Reemay. Amazon carries that, also search on "floating row cover". Lee Valley carries one that is 7' x 50' which is narrower than you want but just as an example, for $19.95. My only concern would be to make sure that a pest is not already present in the soil before installing the row cover.
Eastern Tennessee (Zone 7a)
Jun 23, 2017 6:39 PM CST

I looked at the veil netting but the weave is too big to prevent flea beetles it is however quite nice for cabbage moths and other bigger insects. So I may use it a bit.

As far as pests allready being in the soil -unfortunately this is where the flea beetles overwinter - in the soil. My strategy will be to shape and form the bed in the coldest part of the winter hopefully exposing them to cold enough temperatures to knock them back a bit. Once the bed is shaped Ill lay down the compost and then fert then a heavy top dressing of diatomaceous earth - after which the ground cover goes on. Since the DE is protected by the ground cover it shouldnt wash away and should add an extra layer of protection, then the low tunnel will go on as soon as I plant (which will be when they are still dormant). So all I need now is a good insect netting to keep them from jumping in from other areas.

Ill definitely check Lee Valley Thanks to both of you, much appreciated.

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