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Post  HOLBROOK VEG on 5/21/2012, 4:50 pm

I grow in the high desert around Holbrook, Arizona. I have a combination of container and SF gardening. Any recommendations on how to protect plants from the incessant winds in April and May. The best thing I have found for individual plants is a 2 liter bottle with the bottom cut out placed over the plant, and contained within a tomato cage to keep the bottle from blowing away. Any other suggestions?

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Post  walshevak on 5/21/2012, 9:10 pm

I find this interesting as my backyard is often a wind tunnel. I'm between 2 rivers and open fields on a point that sticks out into the Albemarle Sound.



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Post  llama momma on 5/21/2012, 9:26 pm

In the book there is a section on making critter cages out of chicken wire and 1 by 2's. I use them all season long to keep out critters and can easily drape lightweight plastic drop cloths for windy days, or if there is going to be several days of rain. Or else, like today I draped lightweight burlap to control the burning sun on new transplants. Cheap dollar store clothespins keeps it in place. The only time a cage blew off was on a tabletop bed and the wind was relentless about 25 mph. I guess the bed was high enough where the wind could get under the cage and cause lift off. That never happened with the ground level boxes. Fixed it by hanging a weight off the side with baling wire. No problem after that.
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Post  Turan on 5/22/2012, 12:53 am

How about fencing with wind break around the garden?

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