Friday, April 16, 2010

Broccoli Prom Dress

Today we planted out the broccoli and brussels sprouts.

Last year we used row covers to keep moths out,thereby keeping out their larva. It worked brilliantly, but I wasn't too impressed with the strength of the floating row cover that I ordered. I ripped a couple holes in it during its first year. Not the durability that I was hoping for. Over the winter I had an idea. I thought I had read an article about people using tulle as row covers. This sounded like a good idea to me, but would it be cost effective. My Mom is a crafter, so I asked her what the cost would be. I did some figuring and it would cost me more than the row covers, however my Mom also informed me that she gets frequent coupons from one of our local fabric stores. I waited until she got a 50% off coupon and I bought enough tulle to cover half of one of our garden beds. It wasn't wide enough so I had to have my Mom cut it in half and then sow the two halves together. When it was done, she called me to inform me that my broccoli prom dress was ready. Time will tell if it will be a more durable solution.


  1. FYI, tulle is not adequate frost protection. Live and learn. I still think I'm going to like it better for bug protection.

  2. Bug protection without the need to remove for rain water. I like it.

    I was brought here googling for real world experience with the hybrid poplar firewood program. Any tips / suggestions besides those you've already shared? I'm will be interested to know how things work out this year.

  3. I can give you a preview of what I will be doing this year.

    From what I have read Hybrid Poplars are easy. But I also learned that Mother Nature can be cruel. So, this year I will be planting my HPs in 1/8 gallon grow bags in a protected area to be able to keep animals away and to be able to cover them in case of a freak snowstorm (we had one in June last year). Once they get going and the weather stabilizes, I will move them to their permanent home. My HPs are due to ship May 4th so I should have an update shortly their after.

    Any specific questions?