It's funny sometimes how something so simple can make such a big difference. These homemade garden screens are now a favourite accessory in my garden.
I first start using them to keep the squirrels and birds from dining in my veggie beds. Not only did they work but the fine mesh screen kept the moths out too! From there I realized I could also use them as vine supports, and to support winter covers over my raised beds (I grow veggies throughout the year). Lots of uses from one item!
Many crops are self-pollinating and can remain covered (lettuces, legumes, spinach...) but for those that benefit from insect pollination, just remove the covers once the plants are well-established.
There's a complete material list and instructions on my blog. You can make them without any power tools and it's simple to do. And better yet, the squirrels won't thank you! http://www.empressofdirt.net/most-useful-gar...
Commented on Apr 07, 2013
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I have a friend who just bought an older house in Northern/Central Indiana, and these are coming up all over the garden beds through the weed-protecting fabric. She's not sure if it is a weed or an intentional plant.