First time poster here. I've started some pumpkins and winter squash for a fall harvest in zone 8a. I'm ready to fight the good fight against squash vine borer because I lost my half dozen yellow squash to them earlier this year. I want to use floating row covers as part of my pest management strategy, but the "summer" row covers I'm finding for sale online won't get here for over a month.
So here's the question: are there home made options for floating row covers?
The material has to be very breathable and light because our temps are in the low 100s F right now. I'm considering using old cotton bed sheets, but wanted to see if someone else had used them or had another suggestion.
Last season I really wanted my eggplant to live through bug attacks but had a hard time finding something to use for the "rings" in floating row covers. I took some plastic fabric screening type stuff I had and made a lean-to type frame out of some scrap wood and stapled it on. It worked well but required constant "tucking in" on the bottom. Next summer I'm hoping to use tunnel type things, so I'm eager to hear what ideas people have.
I used them on my walking onions last year, so far I have not needed them there this year.
The deer started eating my potato plants so I covered them with sheets. I use old vinegar bottles filled with water to help hold the sheets off the plants though they seem to have grown taller now. The plants seem ok with the sheets and are flowering.
Invasive plants are Earth's way of insisting we notice her medicines.
Everyone learns what works by learning what doesn't work.
What about tulle? My great grandma used it to cover her blueberry bushes to keep the birds out. Not sure if the holes would be small enough to keep out insects though. You could find it at a fabric store or order it online.
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