Brassica / Carrot netting...

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Brassica / Carrot netting...

Post: # 198286Post citizentwiglet
Tue Jun 01, 2010 11:51 pm

Very aware of the 'birds can get trapped and die' message, and the 'small things get through the netting'....I've sorted out my raised bed at the community garden (we only have the one raised bed, 24 ft by 4 ft) so all the crops that need protecting are together (considering beneficial/companion planting) - need net to cover carrots (though are high up in a bed which is 2ft high, BUT the site is windy so they might carry over, I understand), kale, calabrese and swede from cabbage root fly, butterflies and birds; but as safe for the birds as possible. Am not allowed 'scarers'.

Am I best off with fleece?

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Re: Brassica / Carrot netting...

Post: # 198482Post vicki
Thu Jun 03, 2010 12:40 pm

newbie here who was going to use netting as stuff being eaten already... what should I use instead if net is bad for wildlife?

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Post: # 198485Post grahamhobbs
Thu Jun 03, 2010 12:56 pm

Fleece doesn't have a great life and can make things like carrots too hot in summer. Don't see a problem with nets, so long as reasonably secure at bottom so birds don't get inside and get trapped, small mesh against butterflies will also help. Against carrot fly need to use the micromesh.

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Post: # 198504Post MKG
Thu Jun 03, 2010 4:04 pm

Have to disagree here. Netting of any kind is a complete no-no for me, no matter what the mesh size is. I once got very sick of releasing birds who not only get trapped beneath wide-mesh nets, but also get their claws caught in finer-mesh nets (that one goes for the net wrapped around fat balls too). As far as I'm concerned, the stuff should be banned.

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Post: # 198505Post Merry
Thu Jun 03, 2010 4:07 pm

Crikey!
In half a century of gardening I`ve never had a bird trapped inside netting or with feet caught in it.
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Post: # 198506Post grahamhobbs
Thu Jun 03, 2010 4:25 pm

I'm the same, well 40 years, except I once saw a pidgeon that had been killed by a fox when it had got under a net. Does it make a difference whether it's a town or rural location, perhaps?

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Post: # 198518Post MKG
Thu Jun 03, 2010 6:37 pm

Well, this is a pretty rural area. Maybe we just get the dumb birds :lol:

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Post: # 198543Post citizentwiglet
Thu Jun 03, 2010 10:24 pm

Thanks all....Mike, it was the birds getting trapped above the nets that I was most worried about; although I must say I have used those fat-balls and we've never had any problems despite having a wide range of birds using them.

OK...so if I get netting, I want it as fine as possible, yes? But that I can still water through, to save taking it off to water? With regards to the birds keeping away - I'm wondering whether a highly visible, bird feeder of far more interesting food might act as a deterrent to keep them off the net in the first place?
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Post: # 198550Post Annpan
Thu Jun 03, 2010 11:44 pm

I have never heard of nets being bad for wildlife :shock: I use them everywhere I don't get birds going near the stuff that is netted but they will peck on the ground a few feet away... We get quite a lot of birds here but I don't feed them and certainly not near the veg patch (won't that just make them come back expecting food and attack your veg instead?) hmm...

This year I am experimenting with green netting held a fair distance above my brassicas hoping to confuse the butterflies... previously the cabbages got eaten when I just laid some net on top.
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Post: # 198555Post MKG
Fri Jun 04, 2010 2:17 am

Well, I was beginning to get paranoid. However, here's the advice from the RSPB ...

"Bird cake and food bars

Fat balls and other fat-based food bars are excellent winter food. If they are sold in nylon mesh bags, always remove the bag before putting the fat ball out – the soft mesh can trap and injure birds. You can make your own bird cake by pouring melted fat (suet or lard) onto a mixture of ingredients such as seeds, nuts, dried fruit, oatmeal, cheese and cake. Use about one-third fat to two-thirds mixture. Stir well in a bowl and allow it to set in a container of your choice. An empty coconut shell, plastic cup or tit bell makes an ideal bird cake ‘feeder’. Alternatively, you can turn it out onto your birdtable when solid."

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Post: # 198584Post Millymollymandy
Fri Jun 04, 2010 6:00 am

I have had a bird trapped once who got into my strawbs but the choice is either one bird trapped in 5 years or me having no strawberries so sorry birds, I win! There are plenty of squidgy ones or half munched by slug ones that I throw out for you to eat!!!
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Post: # 198604Post Fast-Frog
Fri Jun 04, 2010 11:44 am

I've heard good things about Envionmesh, but it's really expensive. Stops carrot fly and you can water through it.

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