Protecting your garden

twolips(z6AZ)January 6, 2014

I have a question to ask of you gardeners, especially those of you that have problems with critters getting into your garden. I attached a photo of some type of garden tent from the UK. I would like to try and make one myself, but looking for some opinions. The picture I attached looks more like it�s plastic. I want mine to be a mesh, so air and rain can get in. And maybe a little taller.

My concerns would be:
1. Would I want the top, solid or mesh?
2. Square or rectangle? Would one have an advantage, one over the other? Say 4 x 6� rectangle, or a 6� x 6� square?
3. I like the idea of having a zippered opening at each end, so I can put them end to end in longer areas and walk right through.
4. Make the bottom of the screen, from the ground up, say about 12-18 inches solid, to deter some of the smaller critters.
5. At the bottom of the tent, have material to come out across the ground, to be buried. That way when critters try to dig at the bottom of the tent, they hit this piece, plus added stability. I know, it will have to be quite durable!
Those are my thoughts, I would appreciate your input�..TIA!

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twolips(z6AZ)

Sorry, pic didn't post.

    Bookmark   January 6, 2014 at 5:23PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

make your own with some shade fabric..

if you have the ability;. i bet it would be cheaper

ken

Here is a link that might be useful: 2nd pic???? .. but scaled down

    Bookmark   January 6, 2014 at 7:34PM
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Kimmsr(4a/5b-MI)

What you are may be looking for is something like Floating Row Covers, a spun fabric.

Here is a link that might be useful: garden covers

    Bookmark   January 7, 2014 at 8:24AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

who knew.. there is a greenhouse forum ... [i looked for you]

you might get more ideas over there ...

ken

    Bookmark   January 7, 2014 at 9:21AM
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twolips(z6AZ)

LOL Ken, did you see me? Do you think the shade fabric would let enough light in?
I like the garden covers Kim, thanks.
Thanks everyone for your suggestions.

    Bookmark   January 7, 2014 at 10:45AM
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amunk01

Has anyone looked into Proteknet insect netting? Its supposedly pretty durable, no-one on the Oklahoma forum has used it (or at least responded to my post about it lol) Johnny's is carrying it. Supposedly its sewable with good light transmission and porosity?
Twolips, maybe this would work. There are other websites that you can order custom sizes from as well although this stuff is pricey! I've been considering the investment for a few tunnels of winter squash that will never survive the borers in my area without something! Just a thought.. ;)

Here is a link that might be useful: proteknet netting

    Bookmark   January 7, 2014 at 6:44PM
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twolips(z6AZ)

Thanks Munk, I'll check it out.

    Bookmark   January 8, 2014 at 9:58AM
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Kimmsr(4a/5b-MI)

Munk, that looks a lot like all the other Floating Row Covers I have seen.

    Bookmark   January 9, 2014 at 6:38AM
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