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Floating row cover | cut to order per meter

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  • Protects against damage from birds, moths, and rodents
  • Creates a microclimate that accelerates plant growth and gives protection from cold and hail
  • Cut to order | minimum order length 3 meters | standard width 4 meters
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    A climate cloth is essential in every vegetable garden. It's also frequently used in the Biogroei garden. Below are the benefits of a climate cloth, practical guidelines, and tips.

    Benefits

    • Protects against birds, butterflies, moths, and rodents.
    • Creates a microclimate that accelerates plant growth.
    • Facilitates outdoor cultivation of warmth-loving crops like bell peppers.
    • Shields plants from cold and hail in the spring and sunburn during heatwaves.
    • The ground under the climate cloth retains moisture, reducing the need for frequent watering.

    How much cloth do I purchase?

    This cloth is cut to size from a roll per running meter, starting from a minimum order of 3 meters. The width of the climate cloth is 4 meters. For instance, adding the product 6x to your shopping cart (21.6 euros) will get you a 6mx4m climate cloth. If you add 10x to your cart (36 euros), you'll get a 10m x 4m piece.

    • 3x Climate Cloth (minimum order) = 3mx4m = 10.80 euros
    • 4x Climate Cloth = 4mx4m = 14.40 euros
    • 6x Climate Cloth = 6mx4m = 21.60 euros
    • 8x Climate Cloth = 8mx4m = 28.80 euros
    • 10x Climate Cloth = 10mx4m = 36 euros

    Technical Information

    • Can be loosely laid over crops and secured on the sides or pinned down.
    • Weight: 38 g/m2
    • UV-stabilized HDPE, tape fabric
    • Long lifespan with proper use
    • Available per running meter from 3 meters, always 4m wide.

    Laying over the crops

    Given its lightweight nature, the climate cloth can easily be draped over crops. It's crucial to account for the upward growth of vegetables underneath. The cloth should have enough slack to be pushed up by the growing plants if needed. This loose laying method is particularly useful for short-term use or frequent removal. I usually secure the cloth only at the sides during strong winds.

    Loose laying example

    In the spring, I use this over my strawberry patch to keep birds from the fruits. If the spring is particularly rainy, I remove the cloth from the strawberry plants at night to avoid excessive moisture, which can promote botrytis (gray mold). The cloth also needs to be removed daily during harvest.

    Faster germination and protection against pigeons

    After sowing peas, I cover the seedbed with climate cloth. This accelerates germination and protects young pea shoots from being eaten by pigeons. The cloth is anchored on the sides to prevent it from blowing away. I use ample cloth to allow the growing peas to push it upward. If it rains heavily, the waterlogged cloth can weigh down on and hinder the peas' growth. Therefore, it's essential to occasionally shake the cloth loose to ensure unhindered pea growth. Once the peas reach about 10 cm in height, we set up an iron net for them to climb. The climate cloth can then be removed as pigeons usually leave the young plants alone.

    Stretching over a tunnel

    The climate cloth can also be stretched over a tunnel, especially for crops that remain in the vegetable garden for an extended period.

    Example of cloth over a tunnel

    All types of cabbages are protected under the climate cloth to prevent caterpillar infestations. Especially broccoli and cauliflower, which are susceptible to caterpillars, are always cultivated under the cloth. If you plan to grow Tuscan kale, it's better to place it under the climate cloth; otherwise, it might be fruitless. Ensure crop rotation to avoid placing the tunnel in the same spot within four years. Otherwise, caterpillar pupae from the soil might end up trapped inside the tunnel, defeating its purpose.

    Building a tunnel yourself

    I first dig two trenches for planting cabbages, ensuring easy watering. Over the trenches, I place arches made of electrical pipes, spaced 80 cm apart. Over these pipes, I stretch the climate cloth, securing it on the sides with stones or iron rods. Alternatively, you can make slits with a spade, push the mesh in, and then close the slit. However, this method has drawbacks, as the cloth remains damp and can't be easily removed for harvesting or weeding. Lastly, I place additional electrical pipes over the cloth. For weeding and harvesting, one long side of the tunnel can be easily lifted. Ensure the cloth is firmly secured to prevent damage by birds and butterflies. Of course, both the front and back of the tunnel should be sealed, requiring an extra 3 m of cloth (1.5 m on each side). With a 4 m wide mesh, you can construct a tunnel covering a ground area of approximately 1.5 - 2 m in width.

    Written by Es Mannaerts

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