Protective insect netting for the garden

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Protective insect netting for the garden
Squash plants do well under protective insect netting. (Squash image by nix pics from

It's discouraging when insects enjoy the fruits of your labour before you can. But you can protect fruit trees and rows of vegetables with insect netting designed to let sunlight and water in and keep insect pests out.

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Floating Row Cover

A thin white fabric called "floating row cover" is easy to use and effective in keeping insects out of your garden. You can use it over entire rows of vegetable plants or tie individual fruits or veggies in bags made of this material.

Benefits of Using Floating Row Cover

In addition to keeping insects out, floating row cover keeps plants warmer than their uncovered neighbour plants. This helps to prolong the growing season in chilly areas. When you trade your insecticide for floating row cover, you will be helping your fruits and vegetables to be organic, which many people prefer.

Types of Plants That Do Well Under Floating Row Cover

The following vegetables perform well under floating row cover, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture: carrots, Swiss chard, cucumbers, green beans, lettuce, pumpkins, zucchini and acorn squash. After fruits such as apples and peaches are pollinated and begin to form, you can cover the entire tree to keep out insects.

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