Protect young shoots - 05. March 2021
In April, direct seeding is possible. But be careful - the longer days and the rising temperatures can be treacherous! Many hazards threaten our crops, whether it is freezing cold weather or unwanted insects.
Cover your seeds
Large variations in temperatures are frequent in April, a nice day can be followed by a violently cold night. Protect your crops with a non-woven cover, such as Agryl [LINK]. These materials have the advantage of being permeable to the air and allow sunlight to pass through, while retaining heat at night. Therefore, not only do you avoid freezing your plants, but you can even advance the harvest for two to three weeks.
To prevent the wind from blowing your protective cover off the plants, secure it well with pegs or with sufficient weights (stones, etc.). Regularly check your seeds’ conditions and remove the non-woven material if it is very sunny. Too much heat can also burn your sensitive seeds!
A non-woven fabric can also protect your seeds from pests and all kinds of insects. For example, the carrot fly or bean fly like to lay their eggs in our crops, which has devastating results. A protective net like Filbio® can protect your harvest.
For beans, it is best to cover the seeds immediately for 14 days. The bean fly cannot lay eggs or prevent germination as a result.
The sticky threat
Slugs can be a nightmare for many gardeners. Avoid damaging your crops with several strategies, whether you use anti-slug barriers or organic granules. You can find helpful advice in this article.