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Row Covers

Friday, August 10, 2012

Since the MrMcGregor fence doesn't protect against insect pests I've added the use of row covers to "hide" certain crops from pests. I originally started using row covers to protect my early plants from the cool spring temperatures and get an early jump in the garden. That works very well in the spring and extends the fall growing season as well. Now I find that cucumbers, squash, broccoli, and cauliflower don't have problems from insect pests like cabbage loopers when they're covered by row covers. Of course the covers have to be opened over squash and cukes once they blossom so bees can pollinate their flowers. These great row covers have many benefits in the garden and can be used for several years. I can't imagine gardening without them. Here's a photo of my row covers in place...  Read More

What is Mr. McGregor's Fence?

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Mr. McGregor's Fence® is a fence system designed to keep woodchucks, rabbits, raccoons, possums, squirrels and other small animals as well as deer out of vegetable gardens. It prevents animal damage before it starts and ensures that no future damage will occur. It is humane and ecologically sound because instead of trying to remove or destroy an endless procession of animal pests, it merely persuades those in the immediate vicinity to cut the garden out of their itinerary. The system is also convenient, because it has no buried parts and is so low that it needs no gate and can be stepped over. To bring in something heavy like a rototiller the gardener goes to the place where the fence parts come full circle, unhooks the connections, opens a six or seven foot long section and closes it up when they’re done. Read More