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Can't find insect netting for 4' x 4' raised bed.

Post  dwsmith43 on 5/23/2011, 9:57 pm

I want to be proactive about flying insects invading my 4' x 4' raised bed gardens and laying eggs. But I can't find a source for insect netting large enough--except on UK websites. The netting needs to be tall enough to cover a trellis for my tomatoes. Does anyone have a lead for me?

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Post  ModernDayBetty on 5/23/2011, 10:05 pm

I think if you do a search you'll find most people used tool (I don't know if that's the correct spelling for that, it's a fabric like material found at a fabric store used to make little girls too too's, prom dresses, and the fluff under 80's style wedding dresses). They had to be sown together to make it large enough. At least's thats what I've seen from other peoples posts.
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Post  jazzymaddy on 5/23/2011, 10:22 pm

It's actually "tulle", and it has been working great for me! I happened upon a $.50/yd sale the other day and bought 20 yards. I know it'll rip or get holes, or just yucky from living outside, and I didn't want to count on lucking into such a deal twice. I use binder clips to fasten it to my PVC hoops and the sides of the bed. I'm very pleased with the setup.

I did have some bugs already in my MM, so since I was essentially trapping them in there, I hung some sticky fly traps from each side of the hoops, and they're now absolutely covered. A little gross, but it beats the heck out of letting them eat MY food.

Oh, and if you look around a bit, you can find 108" wide (sorry - don't know what that would be in cm.), which was plenty of width to cover my hoops and box.
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Post  Furbalsmom on 5/23/2011, 10:29 pm

Tulle is also known as bridal veil or Illusion netting.

Do look for the 108 inch wide, it makes covering your bed much easier.
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Post  debo on 5/23/2011, 10:43 pm

I'm just curious if most people covered their SFG to protect against insects. I was hoping to not worry about it, but I also don't want insects to eat my vegetables.

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Post  Furbalsmom on 5/23/2011, 10:53 pm

This area is horrible with cabbage worm problems, so I use tulle to cover all of my brassicas and keep out the cabbage butterfly. Last year I lost almost all of my broccoli and cauliflower, spring and fall.

I am sure certain insects are regional problems.
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Post  walshevak on 5/24/2011, 4:27 am

JoAnn Fabric has tulle in 108" wide available online, but go here first for discount coupons. http://www.ncnatural.com/Resources/Coupons/Joann-Fabric.html

Currently they only have the fifty yd bolt available at $109.99 but the 50% off coupon make this affordable and you will use 5 or more yds per bed depending on the height of your hoops. I bought 15 to 20 yds at a time anyway. This stuff will tear easily on nails and hardward cloth edges and I've been know to stand by my gardens with a needle and thread making repairs in holes. Nothing fancy, just big stitches to close up the rips. And I don't know if it will last an entire season in the sun yet. Overall, I've been extreme happy with having the tulle on my gardens. Before SFG beds and hoops with tulle, Ihave had to dust my brassicas heavily in order to get a crop, but this year not a bit of dust or spray has had to be used YET.

If you are willing to hand pollinate, you can even cover your squash against the SVB moth.

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Post  acara on 5/24/2011, 5:02 am

The actual "insect screen" is 18 x 14 mesh, 18 x 16 mesh or 20 mesh (for tiny little insects) & comes up to 84" wide and in 25, 50, 100 ft roll lengths. The fiberglass version is all you need (vs. the stainless, aluminum or epoxy coated steel versions that are on the market). The fiberglass screen also comes in colors (black, grey, tan, aqua).

The most cost effective roll sizes are 72" though & you can get a 72" x 50 ft roll for around $50.00, if you shop around. It also comes standard in 24, 36, 48 and 60" widths and is a little cheaper that way.


The manufacturers in the US are New York Wire, Phifer and Southern Wire ... and it's distributed by most of the box stores like HD or Lowe's. You may also see it listed as "Solar Screen".

The material is made for outdoor pool enclosures, so you can count on it being reuseable for multiple seasons/years.
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Re: Can't find insect netting for 4' x 4' raised bed.

Post  quiltbea on 5/24/2011, 11:35 am

I will be using the lightweight insect barrier row cover I got from johnnyseeds.com last year. It saved my brassicas. I'll have to cover mine when June arrives or the flea beetles will eat them alive.

You can see it here (white) covering my cabbages and my strawbery bed.
It comes in 50' lengths so you can certainly drape it over tall plants.
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Post  camprn on 5/24/2011, 5:34 pm

@Furbalsmom wrote:Tulle is also known as bridal veil or Illusion netting.

Do look for the 108 inch wide, it makes covering your bed much easier.
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