Monday, October 26

We have an Opera House in our garden!

Well, it's been busy times in the vegetable garden, many transplants from the baby garden for a start.
(more) tomatoes, (more)  lettuce, celery, (more) rhubarb, climbing beans...  we've also been planting more marigolds but we are finding the white moths are loving the lettuces and we're not wanting to use too much pesticide, decided we'd try something else.

I got this idea from Gardening Australia, looked easy so we thought we'd give it a try...

Attach poly pipe to star pickets on each side of the garden, with cable ties
(we got the poly pipe - 19mm - from our local recycling yard for $10 for the lot!)

We then bought bird mesh from Bunnings - 4x4m - we needed 4 to cover the area, and we tied them together with nylon string. (I tried to sew together with a cotton channel but my sewing machine was a little unco-operative) Hubby and I did this on Saturday night whilst watching movies..

This morning we putted it over and secured it around the chicken wire border.

Looks good right!? (Well it does now it's secure!)

The netting cost us $5.99 each so all up our agri-tunnel cost us $33.96!  (We already had the rest!)  If we were to add the star pickets, cable ties and maybe some tent pegs to secure net to the ground, I think you'd be adding about another $40.  It's still cheap!

I'm nick-naming it the Opera House - what do you think?

The lady who did it on Gardening Australia was in Darwin, and covered hers with shadecloth, so if you were in a hotter area, you might prefer to do that? 

I'll update you in the week with our crops, they are going so well!
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2 lovely comments:

Nicky on October 27, 2009 at 11:06 AM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

I envy your vegie garden so much!

Kerrie Czernia said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

Love this idea. A good deterrent for insects and animals if mix chilli (can be fresh or flakes) with milk and spray on veggies and fruit trees. The milk helps it 'stick' while the chilli is unpleasant to the animals.


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