Way back in May I blogged about the screened frames we were building in an effort to keep those little white cabbage moths from depositing their eggs (that turn into worms -- eeeuuww) on our Brussels sprout, cabbage and broccoli plants.
Last year we used Sue's method for keeping out those dratted insects. (That would be Sue, vegetable and flower gardener extraordinaire of Sue's Garden Journal.) She puts plastic hoops covered with Agribon over her raised beds. I stole her idea (she was so generous in sharing how to do it with me) and, by Jupiter, it worked extremely well to keep the cabbage moths out of our brassicas.
The one catch was that Sue's raised beds are in sand which enables her to hold the Agribon cloth securely down on both sides and each end by covering the ends of the cloth with sand. We have grass between our raised beds and after much trial and error (mostly error), found the only way we could secure the ends was by screwing a lath of wood through the Agribon to the side and ends of each raised bed. But this was too much of a hassle to take off and then put back on again each time I wanted to get into the bed to pull weeds or check maturity of the crop.
This week we finally got the screening stapled onto the frames (BFORE the moths have appeared on the scene, thankfully) and they are now installed on the beds.
Here's a picture of three of the screened frames on the raised beds. The taller ones are three feet high. We made two of them for beds of Brussels sprouts, and one for a bed of broccoli. The smaller one (in the middle above) is only two feet high and covers a bed of cabbage.
This is a closer look at one of the beds of Brussels sprouts. The cages have screening over the top and all four sides.
Will they work as well as the Agribon did to keep our veggies worm-free? I sure hope so. Time will tell. Stay tuned.
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