How to Grow More Cucumbers for Pickling Using Trellis Netting

Trellis NettingGrow more cucumbers for pickling by using these trellis netting tips and recommendations:

Growing your cucumbers on Trellis Netting can more then triple  your harvest and decrease the work and produce damage.  Cucumbers grown on a trellis have the tendency to be healthier and more uniform in size and shape.

The main way that Trellis Netting can double your harvest is due to vertical growth.  The cucumbers grow up as high as 6.5 feet rather then spreading out on the ground.   You can grow more then twice the amount of cucumbers per square foot growing vertically. Secondary effects of growing vertically include increased exposure to air and sun.  The plant is effectively getting more of what it needs to produce bigger, healthier and earlier harvests.

At the same time, growing on Trellis Netting reduces damage from insects, rodents and ground-rot.  Since the fruit is not laying on the ground pests have limited access to it.  The fruit hanging on the trellis does not get exposed to the moisture, fungi and bacteria in the soil that can cause ground rot.  Cucumbers are also cleaner at picking time and the air circulation certainly assists in the prevention of many diseases associated with growing cucumbers.

Using a ground cover film such as Veggie Booster Mulch is a additional growing technique that compliments growing on Trellis Netting. This will further prevent exposure to pests, bacteria and fungi, reduce weeds by 75%, as well as hold in moisture and heat needed for excellent growth.  The best thing about the red reflective film is that is reflects extra red light wave length to aid in good growth.  Water the cucumbers by laying a soaker hose under the ground cover.

 

Everyone love pickles and if you haven’t tasted homemade pickles then you have not lived!

Did you know that you don’t have to spend hours slaving in the kitchen to have good homemade pickles for your family.  Refrigerator pickles take no time at all and will impress the heck out of your family and friends.

 

6 cups thinly sliced pickling cucumbers (about 2 pounds)

2 cups thinly sliced onion 

1 1/2 cups white vinegar

3/4 cup sugar 

3/4 teaspoon salt 

1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds

1/2 teaspoon celery seeds

1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

 

Preparation:

Place 3 cups cucumber in a medium glass bowl; top with 1 cup onion. Repeat procedure with the remaining 3 cups cucumber and remaining 1 cup onion.

Combine vinegar and remaining ingredients in a small saucepan; stir well. Bring to a boil; cook 1 minute. Pour over cucumber mixture; let cool. Cover and chill at least 4 days.

 

Note: Pickles may be stored in the refrigerator for up to one month.

 

 

Beverly’s Best- 4 Reasons Why Fruits and Veggies May Not Be Supporting Your Health.

4 Reasons Why Fruits and Veggies May Not Be Supporting Your Health.

If you’re like most people, you’ve been told to “eat your fruits and veggies” since you were a child. Mainstream media and most health and fitness publications, as well as countless university studies have long proclaimed that a diet rich in vegetables and fruits can increase your energy levels… boost your immune system… reduce your risk of illness… and recharge your body.

The 4 Big reasons why they may not be:

1. Today’s produce is significantly lower in essential nutrients than foods produced 50 years ago because modern farming practices have depleted our soils of minerals. Many organic agricultural scientists agree, depleted soils yield nutrient-poor produce. You now need approximately 10 servings of vegetables and fruits to obtain the nutritional equivalent of 1 serving from 50 years ago.

2.The long shipping and storage time between harvest and market degrades the nutrient content further. As a result, most vegetables and fruits sold in commercial establishments are even more nutritionally depleted.

3.The use of pesticides and other chemical additives in non-organic farming yield not only nutritionally deficient—but potentially poisonous produce—that may put you at even higher risk of long-term health problems.

4. An estimated 80% of food crops including corn to tomatoes and alfalfa to sugar beets are now genetically engineered and placed into much of the processed food we eat. These genetically modified (GMO) crops have had their genetic material altered using complex engineering techniques. Genetically engineered produce has been shown to cause serious health problems to those who consume them. And lack of food labeling regulation makes them even harder to identify in our food supply.

The first-ever long-term study of the health effects of GMO foods (conducted at the University of Caen in France) shows that a lifelong diet of genetically modified foods may be associated with tumors, organ damage and premature death in lab mice. Many more studies are available for your researching. Education is Empowerment!

GROW YOUR OWN…KNOW WHAT IS IN YOUR SOIL AND WHERE YOUR SEEDS COME FROM! Do not use any chemicals but opt for ways to enrich your soil with organic compost along with fabric and nettings to protect your food growing efforts.

For the Health of it!

 

 

Beverly’s Best- YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT!

YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT!

Do you remember hearing “you are what you eat”? Do you know why those wise words have a lot of depth and meaning?

Because all our life enhancing nutrients come from what we put in our bodies. Our food gets it’s nutrients from the soil it is grown in, and the soil is as good as what goes into it.

After decades of listening to the marketing giants tell us what is ‘good’, we are once again leaning towards the “slow food movement” and understanding the real meaning of, “we are what they eat”. I’m excited to see people making the effort to learn what is truly ‘good’ for themselves and then taking responsibility to create vibrant health…like growing a garden of nutrient rich food using organic compost to enrich our soil and fabric and nettings to protect our precious food.

When planting for spring/summer focus on tender, leafy vegetables that represent new growth of this season. Put lots of greens on your plate, including Swiss Chard, Spinach, Romaine Lettuce, Parsley and Basil.

Looking at Swiss Chard for instance, it is not only one of the most popular vegetables along the Mediterranean but it is one of the most nutritious vegetables around, ranking second only to spinach in total nutrient-richness.

The amazing variety of phytonutrients in chard is quickly recognizable in its vibrant colors, the rich, dark greens in its leaves and the rainbow of reds, purples, and yellows in its stalks and veins. Virtually all of these phytonutrients provide antioxidant benefits, anti-inflammatory benefits or both.

Recent research has shown that chard leaves contain at least 13 different polyphenol antioxidants and many flavonoids. One of the primary flavonoids found in the leaves of chard is a flavonoid called syringic acid.

Syringic acid has received special attention due to its blood sugar regulating properties, which comes from its ability to inhibit the enzyme that soaks up carbs. Therefore when this particular enzyme gets inhibited, fewer carbs are broken down into simple sugars and blood sugar is able to stay steadier. Additionally, chard provides a good source of fiber and protein that are excellent to help stabilize blood sugar levels, since they help regulate the speed of digestion.

Like beets, chard is a unique source of phytonutrients called betalains. In the betalain family are found reddish-purple betacyanin pigments as well as yellowish betaxanthin pigments. Both types can be found in chard! Many of the betalain pigments in chard have been shown to provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support. The detox support provided by betalains includes support of some especially important Phase 2 detox steps involving glutathione

With its good supply of calcium, its excellent supply of magnesium, and the vitamin K that it provides, in amounts six to eight times higher than the Daily Value (in just one boiled cup), chard provides standout bone support.

I cup of Swiss chard can provide an array of mega vitamins and minerals with only 35 calories!

There’s no question about the valuable role that chard can play in support of our health. Truly, Swiss chard’s beauty is more than skin deep!

Some Serving Ideas for Swiss Chard

  • Toss penne pasta with olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and cooked Swiss chard.
  • Add zest to omelets and frittatas by adding some Swiss chard.
  • Use chard in place of or in addition to spinach when preparing veggie lasagna
  • Dorian has many ways, one being to sauté and sprinkle with her pear vinegar!

NOTE: If You Are Concerned About Oxalates

When oxalates, which are naturally-occurring substances found in plants, animals, and human beings, become too concentrated in body fluids they may crystallize and interfere with calcium absorption. However every peer-reviewed research study I’ve seen, the ability of oxalates to lower calcium absorption is relatively small and definitely does not outweigh the ability of oxalate-containing foods to contribute calcium to the meal plan. If you have a healthy digestive track, chew and relax while you enjoy your meals, you will get significant benefits—including absorption of calcium. If you have a history of kidney stones or a medical condition that is complicated by the consumption of oxalates, you may want to contact your doctor or health practitioner for advice. There is some helpful information on the web which lists oxalate levels of many foods which can help you plan your diet should you feel the need to reduce your intake of oxalic acid-containing foods. In general, replacing oxalate-rich greens such as spinach and kale with Romaine lettuce or other lettuces will lower exposure, but also lower overall nutrient density.

Strawberries

Strawberries

I was reminded once again at the grocery store how cost effective and nutritionally beneficial it is to grow our own food!

Although strawberries are in season, organic strawberries for a pint were almost $6.00! For those who know me, I will not hesitate to spend my money on good, no great, food! I am a big believer that we either pay now for good food or pay later for poor health. Makes no sense to me to focus on eating ‘cheap food’ and then as a result, have to use the money saved to pay a fortune for drugs and medical care!

So back to the strawberries…when we hear the word “strawberry,” we might think about a very commonplace fruit. But the antioxidant capacity of the strawberry is anything but common!

Researchers have recently ranked the 50 best antioxidant sources among commonly eaten foods and found strawberries to be exceptional. When only fruits were considered, strawberries came out 4th among all fruits (behind blackberries, cranberries, and raspberries). When the evaluation was based on common serving sizes, strawberries came out 3rd among all U.S. foods including spices, seasonings, fruits, and vegetables!

Strawberries are a fragile, perishable and delicate fruit and as with any food stored, its nutrients are substantially reduced. In fact, studies have shown storage of strawberries on average is 2 days as the maximal time without major loss of vitamin C and polyphenol antioxidants. Hence growing and eating fresh from our gardens rewards us with much more nutrients from our food and of course subsequently better health.

In terms of ripeness, studies have found that both under ripeness and over ripeness can have an unexpectedly large impact on the phytonutrient content of strawberries, especially their antioxidant polyphenols.

For optimal antioxidants and phytonutrients consume your strawberries when their amazing pinkish-red color is most vibrant and rich in luster. Enjoying strawberries raw will provide you with the best flavor and the greatest benefits from their vast array of nutrients and digestion-aiding enzymes. They are a delicious ending to a meal while assisting in digestion.

 

Keep in mind your food is only as good as the soil it is grown in, so use non contaminated soil, do not use any chemicals, using nettings, cloth and ground covers to keep out pests.

For the health of it!

Everyone Should Use Bird Netting! So, why don’t they?

Bird Netting can

  • protect your fruit trees from Hungry Birds
  • Protect the young succulent seedling in your garden from Hungry Birds
  • Prevent certain sizes of moths and butterflies from laying eggs on fruit trees and veggie plants that turn into hungry caterpillars
  • block deer, rabbits and many other animals from munching on all your hard work.

Why doesn’t everyone use bird netting?

Bird Netting has been a well kept secret of commercial agriculture food growers for years.  It is the only method of Bird Control that is 100% effective bird block. The only down side for commercial growers is that Bird Netting comes with an initial cost.  However, the cost can be recouped as early as the first Harvest after installation.  That is pretty darn effective Bird Control.  It increases the Yields by preventing loss and damage.  It can also decrease the cost and time of harvesting.  Less Damaged berries means less to sort, quicker to market and less labor costs per harvest.  Commercial growers know the net will pay for itself. They know where to get it and they know how to install it correctly and effectively.  To commercial growers, Bird Netting is common sense.

what if Bird Netting was new and Growers had no proof of the benefits.  What if they didn’t know how to install it?  All those unknowns would make using bird netting seem like a huge risk.  Commercial growers can often spend upwards of 100,000 dollars to Net all their crops.  Most would probably not take the risk if it were not for the knowledge that they can pay off their investment right away and will have that netting for the next 10 years.

Luckily, most commercial growers do have all this knowledge.  However, Most home gardeners and small farm operations know very little about netting.  This is exactly why not every one uses bird netting.  All the unknowns discourage people from trying something new to them.  Many home gardeners have probably thought about it and at least half of them have gone as far as to shop online only to be overwhelmed by all the choices, sales pitches and unknowns.

The best way to get started is to educate yourself.  Bird Netting is Highly effective, humane and very affordable to the home grower.  In most cases, an initial investment in Bird Netting is far less money then other methods.

If you have thought about using bird netting but you are not sure where to start, here are a few question to ask.

  1. What are the main types of bird netting available?
  2. What type should I pick for my project
  3. How do I know what size to by for my project
  4. What is a good price to pay for netting
For the answer to these questions, see Bird Netting

How to Measure For Your Bird Netting

Green Knitted Bird Netting

What Size Piece of Netting Do I Need?

       Figuring out the size piece of netting that you need is simple but very important.  The biggest mistake that people make is to order a piece that is too short.  It is much better to have too much then to be short.
Accurately calculating the size of netting to buy can save your time, frustration and money. (by that I mean, your sanity and maybe even your marriage, just kidding)
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Cover a Fruit Tree

calculate the size bird netting you need to cover cherry tree
Fruit Tree Example: 
10′ tall tree that is 9′ wide at its widest section

((10’+9′)x2)by((10’+9′)x2)
(19″x2)by(19″x2)

38’x38′ netting required

always choice knitted Netting for draping directly over a tree!

Choice a width equal or greater then you need or pic 2 that can be sewn together long length wise (with fish line) to equal the width you need

View Knitted Netting option & pricing

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netting size for hoop tunnel netting enclosure
Hoop Tunnel Example:
4′ tall and 10′ long hoop Tunnel Structure
((4’+4′)x 1.5)by((4’x2)+10′)
(8’x 1.5)by(8’+10″)

12’x18′ Netting required
knitted or extruded works for this because the netting won’t be touching the plant.

knitted Bird netting option
Extruded black plastic bird Netting
Big Bug bird netting

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calculate netting size for a Garden netting enclosure
Garden Enclosure Example:
Garden Netting Enclosure that is
a rectangle shape
80′ long, 30′ wide and 8′ tall
(8’+30’+8′)by(8’+80’+8′)
46’x96′ netting required
All the Netting options will work for this structure as well.
Read More about how to choose the netting most appropriate for your needs
Remember, we can’t be responsible for your Math Skills.  This is only a guide

Privacy Shade Can Make Your Back Yard Feel Relaxing

 

Privacy Shade
 
Why be uncomfortable when being comfortable is so affordable and easy!
     I have owned my own house for the last 12 years.  I bought it when I was 26 and before I knew much about how to pick a place to live.  I was so proud of my self.  After all, buying your first house is a major accomplishment.  I started my family there and have many fond memories.  However, there is just on issue about the house that has been nagging me since a few days after I moved in.  My small back yard faces the the bar parking lot.  Separated by a chain link fence.
     I love the bar. Don’t get me wrong (lots of fond memories there as well 🙂 .  But My kids and I have hardly spent any time in the yard for the last 12 years because its a little uncomfortable playing in the back yard while people come and go from the bar to their cars just 10 ft from where we are jumping on the trampoline.  Some times people visit in the parking lot right in front of our yard, Awkward!  My favorite is when cousin Billy Bob pulls up and parks with a truck bed full of dogs.  While cousin Billy has a couple cold ones my dog and his dogs have a barking competition.  Now, no one is doing anything wrong, its just something I should have considered when I bought the place.
     Over the years, I have looked for something to block the view with out blocking too much light.  I tried a couple of things with out success.  They didn’t block the view enough and started looking very weather worn in just one season.
     The day that I discovered Privacy shade marked a new chapter in my families out door living life.
  1. The 6′ privacy shade is exactly the right width for a chain link fence.
  2. Its light weight, makes it effortless to install & only requires zip ties to hang on the fence.
  3. Its block my view of the parking lot about 75%
  4. It blocks the view from the parking lot into my yard 95% -all you can see is a little movement but you can’t make much out.
  5. It blocks harsh sun but lets lots of light through
  6. It looks professional, even though I put it up myself
Once the Fence was up, I immediately felt more relaxed in our yard. We play out there most every day now.  I don’t have to close the blinds any more.  So, there is more light in our house.  I also started taking more pride in maintaining the yard.  All I can say is that,
I wish I had known about this product 12 years ago.

 

USES:
Privacy- chain link fence, Sliding glass door, Back Yard privacy, windows
Sun Shade-Patio, yard, kid play area, school play ground, boat, garden, sporting events
Wind Block- back yard, garden, agriculture applications, sporting events
Event Fencing- Beer Garden, limit access to areas at any event
Who or what can use it:
People, livestock, pets, events, boaters,
fairs, swap meets, sporting events, Beer Gardens, Schools, Clubs

Types of Privacy shade:

Sand, Blue, Green, Black, Bright Green

most common light transmission 70%

 Sand, Green, Blue  Privacy Shade

sand color privacy shade green color privacy shade
SAND (tan) privacy shade

swatch of tan privacy shade cloth
Price: $10 to $20

Dimensions: 

6’x5′ to 6’x13′

BLUE Privacy shade

blue privacy shade swatch

Price $10 to $20


Dimensions: 
6’x4’10” to 6’x10′

click here to select desired dimension & Color

GREEN Privacy Shade
green privacy shade swatch

Price $10 to $20

Dimensions: 

6’x8′ to 6’12

Black  Privacy Shade
Privacy shade fence extender Livestock wind block shade fabric on a dog kennel
Fence Extenders
Live stock shade & wind protection
Pet Shade
Price $10 to $20

Dimensions available:  5’x5′, 7’x84′, 7’x50′

click here to select desired dimensions

Educate Yourself about Bird Netting Before You Shop

Educate Yourself About Bird Netting  Before You Shop

Know what you are getting for your money

Mary’s Story

        Mary is a wonderful lady with a lovely family.  Family is the most important thing to her and that is why she was so excited when her children began to have kids of their own.  She had plans of being the best Grandma ever.  She envisioned her grand kids visiting her often and spending hours and hours playing out side on their family property just the way her kids did when they were little.  As soon as the first grandchild was born, she decided to plant some cherry trees and blueberry bushes so that the grand kids could roam around the property and snack on berries and climb the cherry trees.  She realized that, she needed to start now so the tree and bushes would be bearing lots of fruit by the time her grandchildren could climb trees.
        She put in three cherry trees and three blue berry bushes.  Mary took all the care in the world picking healthy starts and planting them so that they had to best chance for success.  The trees and bushes grew beautifully.  She just left them alone for the first couple of years.  When her oldest grandson turned 6 she knew that it was just about time to start her tradition of picking berries with her grand kids.  The only thing that worried her was that, she noticed the birds had eaten most of the cherries and blueberries this year.  She never really cared before because the kids weren’t old enough and the crops were very small the first years anyway.  However, this year the blueberries and cherries were plentiful and the birds had devoured them.  she knew that if she was going to have any fruit for her family, she had to figure out something.  She didn’t want to hurt the birds.  She likes birds but she likes her grandchildren more! :).  Her neighbor had purchased some netting and had great success with it so she decided to try that.
        she went online and did a search for bird netting.  She found a wide range of prices and wondered why, but didn’t give it to much thought.  She pick one that was priced low.  She figured why pay more.  The netting arrived and she went to work covering her fruit.  To her frustration, putting up the netting turned out to be harder then her neighbor made it look.  The netting kept snagging, breaking off branches and tangling.  In the process the net ended up ripping in a couple of spots, so some birds were still able to get through and even more were able to reach the berries on the out side.  When she went to pick blue berries she had a difficult time getting the net off.  She thought, how ironic that the netting wasn’t really keeping the birds out but it was keeping her out.  She was so frustrated that she almost gave up on her visions of enjoying these fruit picking experiences with her grandchildren.  Mary decide to look on the Internet and see if there was a better way.  After all, why would so many people use Bird Netting if it was this frustrating and ineffective.  She found a site that changed her bird netting experience.  On this site she learned that there are many different types of bird netting with different qualities, uses and pricing.  She learned that she was using the wrong type for covering her cherry trees and that  the Bird netting she had was fine for her Blue berry bushes but that it should not be laid directly on the plants.  The site taught her how to accurately determine the size needed for each project as well as how to install it.
        Mary followed all the advise on the website and was amazed at how different her experience was the following year.  That year her oldest grand child was able to climb the cherry tree and the others were able to pick blueberries.  She was so thankful that she did not give up.

What are some bird netting companies not telling you about their Bird Netting?

        Many companies sell  light weight extruded netting as their only option for bird netting because it looks like a really good price when compared to higher quality bird netting such as a knitted or a heavier extruded (10 year premium bird netting).  They all come up in the same search for Bird Netting and it looks like one company is selling theirs really cheap.  They are not exactly doing you a favor when they are omitting the facts that some Bird Netting is lower quality and has some limitation.  Most people don’t know that their is a difference & are very disappointed when they get it home, if it is not well suited for the task.   I get a lot of calls from people saying “I need bird netting and I don’t want any of that black plastic crap”.  There is nothing wrong with the 4 year extruded netting.  It has its place, and when used for the right projects its wonderful.  The heavier extruded netting is called Premium Plus Bird Netting and is very popular in commercial vineyards and Blueberries.  the Vineyards are able to drape the product right over the plants.  The blueberry netting should be suspended so that it is not touching the bushes to prevent snagging.
        Pay attention when comparing Bird Netting online as well as in the garden center.  Make sure that you are comparing the type of material, the weight and the life expectancy.
Bird Netting

Bird Netting

Beverly’s Best: Asparagus

Asparagus

Wow, I recently had my first out of the garden asparagus and could not believe this succulent and tender ancient delicacy! The imported, greenhouse-grown asparagus available year-round just can’t match the flavor of fresh-from-the-garden stalks starting in some areas as early as February and extends through July in the Midwest and East.

 

This glorious veggie is a must have in your garden for not only the taste but did you know a cup of asparagus contains 70 percent of your daily-recommended amount of vitamin K, which helps transport calcium to your bones, and 20 percent of your vitamin A, which helps your immune system? It’s also a great source of protein and folate. Another reason to love asparagus? Eating it before your drink alcohol is known to ward off hangovers.

 

Check out the Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Oxidant Phytonutrients Benefits in Asparagus

Asparagus is heralded as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant food which are some of the best risk reducers we know for common chronic health problems, including type 2 diabetes and heart disease. As an anti-inflammatory food it provides a truly great combination of anti-inflammatory nutrients such as saponins, including asparanin A, sarsasapogenin, protodioscin, and diosgenin. Other anti-inflammatory nutrients in asparagus include the flavonoids quercetin, rutin, kaempferol and isorhamnetin which many have been linked with improving allergies.

Of great interest, one of the saponins (sarsasapogenin) has been linked to benefit amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.”. Excessive unwanted inflammation may play an important role in the death of certain nerve cells (motor neurons) in ALS. Saponins have also been associated with improved blood pressure, improved blood sugar regulation and better control of blood fat levels.

The wide variety of antioxidant nutrients in asparagus includes vitamin C, beta-carotene, vitamin E, and the minerals zinc, manganese, and selenium. In addition to the antioxidant nutrients, this much-loved vegetable may also contain a valuable amount of the antioxidant glutathione (GSH). GSH is one of the body’s best-studied antioxidants; it consists of three amino acids — glutamic acid, glycine, and cysteine — combined into one molecule. At least one published study has estimated the amount of GSH in fresh asparagus to average 28 milligrams per 3.5 ounces. Asparagus compares favorably with many of the cruciferous vegetables like cabbage and cauliflower, and while it ranks lower than some of the green leafy vegetables like spinach, it is still very high on the list of antioxidant foods.

ENJOY Raw or lightly cooked for The Health of It!

Bird Netting Considerations and Comparisons

Take your time when shopping for

Bird Netting.  You should be able to easily find exactly what suits your specific needs.

Bird Netting Options: 

Green Knitted 8 year Bird Netting

Black Plastic 3 year Deer/Bird Netting

Multi-row 10 year Black Knitted Bird Netting

Blue Big Bug 5 year Bug/Bird Netting

bird nettingDeer and bird nettingBig Bug Nettingknitted Bird Netting over a cherry tree

Important Considerations and Comparisons:

  1. black multi row nettingMesh size Openings: – this is the size of the square or diamond shaped opening in the net.  the size determines what can come and go.    -Buying netting with too large of an opening is the most common mistake new net buyers make.  In general the larger the mesh size the less expensive the netting.  You may think your getting a great deal but then you come out the morning after application and there is a flock of birds in your enclosure snacking on your fruit and mocking you!  -All American Nettings and Fabric’s bird netting is 3/4″ or smaller which will keep out all birds.  The smallest is our Big Bug Netting at 1/6″ square openings. This size not only keep out birds but also keep out moths and butter flies that would lay their eggs on your veggies and eventually produce hungry caterpillars.
  2. Dimension requirements: -Different varieties of netting comes available in different width.  If you have to spend a little bit more to get the width and eliminate the need to sew two pieces together it is well worth it.  With that being said, sewing two sizes of net together to get the perfect size is not difficult and can be done with fishing line.
  3. Life expectancy of the netting:  Netting all comes with a UV life expectancy rating.  This is the number of years that the net would last with out breaking down from sun exposure.  The life expectancy does not apply to damage from say a distracted tractor driver snagging the net.
  4. Netting material characteristics:  Knitted netting is diamond shaped mesh.  It has stretch and is less likely to tangle. Black Plastic extruded netting  is a square shaped mesh and does not stretch.
  5. Price: varies between the different types and life expectancy ratings. The 3-4 year Black Plastic extruded is the most affordable but has the shortest life span and the most likely to tangle.  This is a great option for short term projects like covering new vegetation in a pond or blocking birds from nesting in new construction.  It would not be my first choice from draping directly over cherry trees or blue berries due to snagging.  I would definitely drape it over an enclosure but I would choose the 10 year which is much stronger.  The 5-8 year Green knitted netting is our most popular netting due to its affordability, ease of use and long life.  Its the perfect middle ground in the netting world.  10 year Multi-row black Knitted Netting is more expensive but is definitely worth the price.  It is extremely strong, easy to use, and lasts 10 years.  The big Bug 5 year Netting is a little higher priced but you kill two birds with one stone, or should I say one bird and a bug with one stone.  Lol!  I don’t care who you are, that funny!

Create Your Best Garden Ever in 3 Hours

Create Your Garden in 3 Hours!

Why and who would want to do this?

This method of growing your garden is great for beginning gardeners, people who are short on time, kids, people with limited physical ability and even those of us who love fresh produce but have a very short attentions span. I happen to be in three of those categories myself. Mostly, I’m short on attention span!

Through out my life I have realized that, often times, things that seem real complicated usually have an alternative method that dummies it down. I always look for this method and I think I have found a simple way to jump into gardening. If you start with this method chances are that you will expand and try more advanced technique (complicated techniques) in the years to come. So, go ahead and give this a try this year and see what you think.
Materials that you will need, choices and where to get them?

Materials to find at Local hardware store or garden center:

Bags of soil…6 bags..….$4.00 ea
Fence posts…4 posts.….$5.00 ea
Twine or rope..25ft………$3.00
Materials to order at www.americannettings.com
Trellis netting ………….$12.29
Veggie Booster Mulch…$10.95
Crop cover ……………..$21.95
Tomato Greenhouse……$9.19
Plastic Pins……………..$3.99 or Metal landscape pins $2.49
Zip-ties…………………$13.25 (100ct)

The prices of the items that you pick up at the store will vary depending on the area. Most areas
will have better pricing on these items. The items that you purchase at www.americannettings.com
will have free shipping with orders over $50 and will come to your door. It’s very easy and
convenient.

There is a good chance that you already have some of these materials laying around your property.
Feel free to improvise. For example, instead of buying fence posts you could use the laundry cloth
line in your yard by attaching the trellis netting to the posts holding up the cloth line. You could use
some old wooden posts. Use your imagination. If you already have good soil, don’t buy the bags.
Just mound up some dirt in a row and follow the rest of the instructions.
Make you plan

Decide where you will put the garden

-Will you do one big long 20’ row or will you split it into two 10’ rows
-Will you use a soaker hose, bottle with holes poked in it or just water with hose
-What veggies will you plant?

You can by starts or seeds
Good ones to start with are tomatoes, cucumbers, beans and peas

Instructions based on a time line

Shopping
15 min 1. Get on the computer and order your stuff from American Nettings
15 min 2. walk into a hardware store and ask for fence posts twine and soil
Go where you can get them all in one place, and make them load it for you.

Lay out
10 min 3. Lay the bags out
-Make sure your bags are where you want them before you start cutting them or
you may spill dirt out.

15 min 4. Cut slashes on the bottom side of the bags for water drainage
-Put 3 or 4 long cuts in the bag to allow water to drain out but keep soil in

15 min 5. Roll out veggie mulch on top of soil bag row and tuck edge under

10 min 6. Cut a narrow rectangle on the top of each bag for planting.

20 min 7. Lay the posts out and pound them in the ground
-The posts should end up being about 5’ tall
-This is a good time to lay your soaker hose out if you are going to use one

15 min 8. String the Trellis Netting up from one end post to the other
-Zip tie the netting to the posts and keep it stretched tight (not too tight)
-You may have some extra trellis height just let it flop over. 5’ high is best

30 min 9. Plant all your plants and or seeds

15 min 10. Cut and hang Tomato Greenhouse bags over Tomato plants
-Make them large so you can reuse them at the end of season

10 min 11. Drape the crop cover evenly over the trellis netting row & pin to the ground on both sides

How to care for the garden after you are finished
Now you are done so have a glass of wine and pat your self and any helper on the back. This could very well be your best garden ever.


Some things to remember
1. Don’t worry if it take you a little longer then what is described. Its ok!
2. You will not need as much watering as other gardens need. Check the soil daily and water accordingly.
3. You will not need as much fertilizer so go easy
4. Some veggie plants will need to be encouraged to weave in and out of trellis netting
5. Take your Tomato Greenhouse off when the plants get to about 18inches and start weaving them in the trellis netting. Save Greenhouses
6. You can take the crop cover off on nice days and leave it off when the weather turns warm.
You can also put the Crop Cover back on for harsh weather at any point.
I will be growing my garden in soil bags just like this. Feel free to contact me with any questions


americannettings@gmail.com

Nicole M. Perry

 

Use Privacy Shade Fabric to Create a More Private Back Yard

Use Shade to Create a More Private Backyard

Project #1

Privacy Shade is a fabric that blocks view, wind and heat while allowing some light through.  It comes in black, white, sand, green and blue.  Some of its uses include:
1. Make a shady spot for relaxing in your yard
2. Shade the dog kennel
3. Shade your livestock
4. Shade plants from harsh sun
5. Shade greenhouses
6. Block for cattle during calving season
8. Privacy

          

Before privacy fence
 I have a really small yard on both sides of my house.  On this side my neighbors deck is right up against my fence.  We have some long narrow pieces of shade on sale right now.  So I 
Privacy shade fence extenderdecided to use shade as a fence extender to create more privacy in my back yard.  It looks pretty good.  I went to my neighbors yard to see how it looked 

and was pleasantly surprised to see even less through the other side. It only took me 45 minutes to cut the fabric and staple it up.

I’m very happy with it!  I liked it so much that next week I’m going to tackle the other Yard.  It faces a street and a busy bar parking lot with an unsightly chain link fence.  American Nettings has a light blue knitted 70% shade fabric that is 6′ wide and fits the height of a chain link fence perfectly.  I’ll be sure share pictures of that project when I’m done.
For sizes, prices and more information, please see Privacy Shade
view of privacy shade from neighbors side