Row covers-how to use & when to remove (help)
I just posted about vine borers and cuke beetles and now know my question shouldn't have been whether they're a problem in our area but how to prevent them.
SOOO, oh wonderful forum participants..
I'm trying to be proactive and keep cucumber beetles and vine borers away this year. I just planted squash (zucchini) seeds yesterday and cucumbers (seeds and seedlings 2 inches tall).
I read that Sevin works but is toxic to honeybees so it won't work b/c we have a bee farm 3 miles down the road. Monteray Garden Spray doesn't work against these pests.
So row covers-and I'm thinking tulle (small holes, cheap, reusable, no heat buildup).
-When do you put them on?
-Should they go on now before seedlings emerge?
-How long do they stay on? (Is there a time when it'll be safe to remove them?)
-Does using them cause ANOTHER problem? (Pollination, slugs etc.)
THANKS A BUNCH for all the advice!