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Vegetable protective netting

Cheshire, United Kingdom Gb

Hi, for the first time, this year I have started to grow a small range of vegetables (kale, broccoli, chard, chives, salad leaves) in a couple of newly built raised beds. I have covered both beds with netting/tunnels to keep away the birds etc. So here's the question: is there a point in the growing season where it becomes safe to take off the netting/tunnels or should they stay on, in full, until the veg is harvested?



If you have regular visits from wood pigeons to your garden then kale, broccoli and salad leaves would be at risk. I would keep them netted until semi-mature.

26 Jun, 2017


I think chives are the only things in that list that something won't enjoy eating, between pigeons, slugs and caterpillars.
Though I haven't had anything eating chard come to think of it. Depends how high your tunnel is really - as you have it I would leave it on until the plants get too tall.

26 Jun, 2017


Try burying used tea bags around your veggies. They seem to repel a lot of critters. Coffee grounds work too at least for squirrels, possums & raccoon which is what I get.

27 Jun, 2017

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