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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on 4/25/2016, 11:34 pm

I sowed my pre-germinated peas and then read scary stories online about pigeons eating freshly planted peas and young seedlings. affraid I got worried that while I was away for a few days my peas would get devoured and decided they needed a little row cover until they were big enough.  I haven’t seen pigeons in my yard, but they hang out on the property to the north of mine. I remembered a suggestion from somewhere online about using wire clothes hangers has row cover hoops. So I grabbed a few that looked coated and are thus least likely to rust.
Clothes hangers, clothes hangers turned into row cover hoops:


Then I went to grab what I thought was a roll of stained tulle from the basement. Nope. Wishful thinking, wedding fabric, yes, but some sort of sateen fabric, not wedding tulle.  Ugh. I didn’t want to buy some… the travel time, the gas, the money.  I looked to my left… nothing helpful there. I looked to the right, and saw… a bag of MESH ONION BAGS. (I know, most people don’t keep such things, at least not in quantity. I have some hoarderly tendencies. Embarassed ) I snipped off both metal rings, to get a tube. Then I cut from top to bottom to turn the tube of mesh into a sheet. I stretched out the sheet and aligned it long side with another and sewed them together, though roughly every hole. Skipping a hole here and there didn’t affect the final. Sewing with one overlapping the other by about two row of holes worked. Sewing ‘wrong’ sides together, sewing two holes down from the edge worked. (In this case there is no right or wrong side – it’s a sewing phrase.) 


I made a strip of ten sew together, then another strip of ten. Then sewed those together to get a wider piece.  That was more difficult, but I was getting a bit tired of the tedium. I had to go back and add additional stitching where I’d skipped too many holes in a row. I put the "hoops" in the bed:


And I secured the cover using clothes pins and some medium-small rocks.  Voilà! A mini 4ft long row cover out of things I already owned:





And now with peas peeking through!


I expect that this would also stop cabbage butterflies (if placed with sufficient distance between the mesh and the leaves), but not aphids, flea beetles, leafhoppers, or flies. 
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Post  sanderson on 4/26/2016, 12:12 am

Wow, nice job!

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Post  landarch on 4/26/2016, 10:15 am

cool idea
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Post  CapeCoddess on 4/26/2016, 3:02 pm

Oh that is so great, Beetles! I'll bet they would make great trellis netting for the peas to climb up on, too.  I just threw out my mesh bags the other day.  I thought I might use them in place of panty hose when covering veggies & fruits from nibblers but then thought that the holes were just too large. 

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