Growing Vegetables Under Cover
Vegetable plants often need protection from cold weather and persistent pests, particularly when they are young and most vulnerable. Being prepared with the appropriate equipment and protective covers is the best way to avoid losses.
Keeping Pests at Bay
Netting supported on wire hoops prevents pigeons from feasting on young brassicas. A finer mesh will also keep out butterflies, whose eggs hatch into hungry caterpillars.
Protecting Winter Leaves
Salads, such as these dark red lettuces and Asian greens, respond well to the protection from cold, wet weather that a cold frame provides, allowing them to be grown all through the winter.
This greenhouse is bursting with seedlings to be hardened off and potted on. Even in a small garden, a greenhouse can be worthwhile, providing valuable space for raising seeds and achieving earlier harvests.
Shielding Tomato Plants
Outdoor-grown tomatoes can be hardened off and shielded from cold nights in an inexpensive plastic greenhouse, which conveniently houses a standard-sized growing bag.