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I would like to recommend this product for its low cost but great versatility

I wanted to share this brilliant find with you all. Last year, after some research, I bought some green debris scaffold netting from Ebay. For less than £25 i received a roll 2m x 50m. At first I was a bit sceptical, but a year on, I am absolutely sold on this product, let me explain. We had planted a willow hedge along the boundary with the adjoining farmers field and his Welsh Mountain Sheep enjoyed sticking their heads through the pig wire fence and munching on the willow shoots. I invested in a roll of chicken wire 3 feet high and attached this to the wire fence. This stopped the lambs, but the ewes just stood on the top wire and kept munching. So, I bought 8ft round wooden fence posts and drove these in 12 inches and to these I stapled the green netting. This has both made for an effective windbreak and has put an end to all munching of the new shoots. I thought this might last a few months, but for £25 was cheap enough to buy another roll. Imagine my surprise 18 months along and with a winter of fierce winds behind us, the material is just as good as when I fitted it. I used my Bosch PTK3.6 cordless tacker with 8/mm staples to attach the fabric. 
This year with the new 4ft wide raised beds built I used a length of this material on top of blue one inch irrigation pipe hoops to act as a white butterfly net over the brussels sprouts and cabbages. It has worked brilliantly. My plants are tall and healthy, so no shortage of light and no caterpillar damage whatsoever!
I see it has gone up a few pence since I bought it, but still a bargain and you can find it on Ebay at


  • glasgowdanglasgowdan Posts: 632
    It's great stuff to speed up grass seed germination too
  • LynLyn Posts: 22,852
    I bought similar from amazon, made a frame for brassicas, no cabbage whites got through so no chewed veg.
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Here are photos of the brassicas bed and of the hedge
  • LynLyn Posts: 22,852
    It’s good but make sure it doesn’t touch the greens or she will land on top and lay through it. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Not a problem. The hoops adjust so as they grow I raise them up giving a six inch margin between the top of the plants and the netting. The Brussels are now huge but still no caterpillar damage.
  • LynLyn Posts: 22,852
    Is that water pipe from builders merchants? 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Yes. 25mm blue alkathene water pipe. Next year I hope to make a free standing hooped frame which will fit all my beds and just move it around from one to the other as the brassicas rotate. I have tried various methods over the years. Netlon on canes with plant pots on top, like the ones Monty uses and other nets too, but I think this net and pipe frame works the best. I am so impressed with this material, that is why I wanted to share. Most of these things cost a lot of money and can be disappointing, but this is cheap and works brilliantly.
  • LynLyn Posts: 22,852
    I think that’s the best method, you’ve done a good job there,
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • TopbirdTopbird Posts: 8,191
    There is still some of that green netting 'alive' and kicking in our inherited mature beech hedge. I imagine it was used for wind protection when the hedge was first planted by the previous house owners. That would have been in 1994. Certainly lasts well...😁
    Heaven is ... sitting in the garden with a G&T and a cat while watching the sun go down
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,933
    It's been widely used for years as a windbreak, in the way @Topbird describes.
    Vital in the north, and anywhere that's exposed, so that shelter belt hedging can get a chance of growing, and therefore protect anything else growing inside a hedge.  :)

    Lyn's right - you have a very nice set up there for your veg  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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