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I love eating my own produce which I have grown in the garden but have often been disappointed when I come down in the morning to find that half of the plants have been eaten by birds and insects. Where we live there are always a huge quantity of birds around and unless you protect your plants there is nothing to stop them from having a good old feast. I have bought this Green Blade garden netting several times now as I find that it is only really suitable for one use as I can never seem to fold or roll it back up again when I have finished, although I am sure this could be done if you have the patience and the time to do it, but it is cheap enough to replace. The last time I bought it was from a small independent hardware store near to where I live and paid £1.50 for it but I have bought it from one of the numerous 99p shops previously.
It comes in a plastic netting bag with a label which tells you what size it is and that it is suitable for protecting seedlings, vegetables, strawberry plants and soft fruits. It also gives the size of the mesh which is 25mm which is quite small. The one I bought is 2m x 10m but it does come in larger sizes.
When you first start to unravel the netting it can get a bit stuck as it is quite tightly rolled but as soon as you can find the end and start to pull it gently it will start to unravel easily. I will use a pair of scissors which I use for gardening to cut the netting to the required size. I have last used it for my strawberry plants which were a very good crop this year. They were also a good crop last year but I came down early one morning to find about four or five magpies pecking at the juicy ripe fruit so I didn't really get the benefit of this crop. I put four small stakes into the soil around the fruit and then cut the netting to size. I then sort of wrapped it around the stakes by looping it around the top of the stake several times until it was quite tight. I didn't bother to cover the sides as birds will not usually get underneath the netting. Although a few leaves had been nibbled by insects the strawberries were all mainly intact and were delicious, so I will definitely use this netting again. I have also used it in the same way for winter cabbages which does work to keep off the birds but I do have a problem with slugs and caterpillars, however I will use other deterrents for these.
The netting is quite lightweight so I would think if it wasn't properly secured it could quite easily blow away in the wind, however it is quite strong as I have never experienced it breaking when I have been putting it up or while it is in use. As it is a thin plastic material and is a bit stretchy you can pull it out if you need to stretch it over a fence or to tie onto stakes. If I was using it for a large area I would probably need someone to help to hold it while I unravel it as I think it would be easy to get in a bit of a tangle with it.
I think that this is a good cheap way of protecting your crops. There are other more expensive brands available but as this has worked well for me I will definitely buy it again.
Ever since we bought our own home my husband mark and myself have really got into gardening, growing both flowers and a small amount of fruit and vegetables. There's nothing nicer than serving up fresh vegetables straight from the garden, I like to know I'm giving my son food that's as fresh as it can be and natural too. However we have in the past had some trouble with pests, snails etc eating the plants and it was my mum who recommended this netting to us. She used to have a large pond, dispensed with when Jayden arrived, and to protect her fish over winter from a very persistent heron she covered the pond with this netting so I ordered some from Amazon UK.
Green Blade Small mesh Netting has very little packaging, its simply packed into a wire net bag which keeps it all contained and stops it from getting all tangled up. There is a label around the netting which gives a small amount of information about the product. It states that the netting will help to protect seedlings, strawberry plants, fruits and ponds, anything really that you don't want eaten or infested. It also gives the size of the netting which is 2m x 10m and has a mesh (the little holes) of 25mm.
Inside the bag the netting is rolled up and is easy to pull out with out getting it tangled, its basically a plastic net with very fine holes. If you need to cut the netting to size it can be done easily with a pair of scissors.
Price and Availability
We bought our netting from Amazon UK where a roll this size cost us £1.30, there are other sizes available should you want more. I have since seen this in our local pound shop too and did actually buy another roll while they had it in stock.
We used our netting to cover over a small vegetable garden we have made, we put small wooden stakes around he edge and attached the netting to these so the small plants were protected and it has worked really well. The mesh is tiny enough to stop most pests getting in.
We also used it to cover an area of grass my husband re seeded, although the grass seed he used was supposed to repel the birds he wasn't taking any chances, he's obsessed with his lawn, and once again the netting proved successful.
Another way I have used this is over some pots, I planted several pots of summer bulbs such as lilies and freesias and one morning I caught next doors cat scrapping in one of them so to prevent my pots becoming his litter tray I spread the net over the pots and held it in place with stones until the bulbs started to shoot.
We have been really pleased with the Green Blade Small Mesh Netting it has proved to be well worth the small amount we paid for it and using it has resulted in successful plants and flowers. We have only had one problem with it and that was when a bird landed on it and got its feet caught but Mark went out and gently freed it and sent it on its way. Apart from that it is ideal and I fully recommend it and shall be using it again.
The main pests I have trouble with on my allotment plot are birds and rabbits. I know, most people consider slugs and bugs as pests, but at least they eat each other as well as taking nibbles out of the plants. I grow an abundance of plants from seed so I don't worry when a bit of it gets eaten by the same insects that keep the soil healthy. On the other hand though, birds only seem to eat the worms that enrich the soil, and the berries I grow, and when I say they eat the berries I mean they eat ALL the berries, they don't leave ANY strawberries or raspberries untouched. Same goes for the rabbits - they don't just much one or two lettuces and broccoli plants, but they eat ALL of them, so I have had to take drastic measure to protect these crops on my plot.
Okay, so buying garden netting isn't necessarily drastic. But as I have said before, I spend no money on my plot beyond simple tools and paying for the actual plot - the seeds I use come from plants I have let go to seed or from other plotholders, and I don't spend money on fertilisers or sprays or anything like that. So buying garden netting was a big step for me, and I only really did it after accepting that there was no effective way to deter the birds and rabbits from my tasty crops!
I bought a small quantity of Green Blade garden netting mesh from Amazon for £1.90, using part of a Dooyoo-earned Amazon voucher, but in hindsight I should have bought a less cheap mesh as the quality of this netting isn't great. On the other hand, it measure 25x25mm, and I didn't need that much of it so I have been able to double it up and protect my lettuces and broccoli plants, without the mesh layer becoming too thick for the plants to soak up a good watering through.
The netting is very lightweight and green in colour, and made of a thin plastic material. In theory it is a very versatile product, but the quality of it means that it is limited by this. Basically it is a little on the flimsy and thin side so you have to be careful when you unroll it and cut it and tuck it down into the soil over your plants. On the other hand it has not blown away despite my plot being on a hill and the netting not being nailed into anything. I wanted to see if it worked without this as I prefer easy access to picking my plants and checking them over, and felt that nailing the netting to wooden stumps would hinder this somewhat. However cunning rabbits and birds may otherwise be, they have not been able to penetrate through two layers of cheap Green Blade netting, and my plants are safe beneath it. I am sure they could easily chew through the netting, but they have not done so, perhaps because the netting is green and camouflages the plants underneath it.
I would recommend this netting because it has worked for me, but if I needed more of it I wouldn't hesitate to buy a more durable brand, because I know that when this netting is taken up for good it will have to go in the bin, which is wasteful and also a bit silly of me as I will no doubt to buy more again next spring/summer. So I give it 3 stars for that reason, as it is perfect in specific cases such as what I have used it for, but to be avoided in all others. All in all, an okay product, just one that reflects its price.
I love pound shops; they hold the most amazing things (half of them you didn't know you needed). I found this netting in our local pound shop, I bought two packets as I didn't know how strong it was going to be and we have a lot of seedlings that needed protecting.
We started our seeds of in a mini conservatory in trays and once they were large enough to finally plant out, they were being eaten by snails, slugs and birds etc, very frustrating. After re-growing more seeds, the fiancé made a rectangle base from wood, and then we stretched the netting over the top and fastened it with fence staples. Slug and snail pellets were put all around the bottom of the wooden base (stopping them from getting into the flowers at all) and the birds can't get into them either. Although the netting is light green colour, because it is thin, it becomes hard to see, which allows you to keep check on the seeds through the netting.
It isn't the strongest netting I have ever used, there are a few breaks in it but we have doubled up on the netting, and the breaks aren't in the same place of each sheet so all our seeds are well protected. Due to only paying £1 for each roll of this, it isn't expected to be ultra strong, but it does do its job very well. We have had some epic vegetables thanks to the protection of this netting in the seedlings early days. Defiantly worth buying.
I bought this Green Blade garden netting from a local pound shop for, unsurprisingly, £1. I was planning to use it to cover my outdoor tortoise enclosure, since there are a lot of cats around here, and the tortoises are still small enough that birds are a concern. When I saw this in the pound shop, and saw you were getting 2 metres by 10 metres, I thought I had to try it; a lot cheaper than the chicken wire we thought we would need!
The netting itself is bright green, and it comes all rolled and folded in a white string bag with a simple green label stating what it is, and what it can be used for. It's main function is to protect seedlings, vegetables and strawberry and soft fruit plants, but of course you can use it for anything you might use netting for. The mesh is 25mm x 25mm (approx 1" x 1"), this is the size of the holes. This is a perfect size to deter birds as they will not get through this.
The netting is thin plasticky material rather than fibre, which is probably why it's available for such a low price. It does stretch out easily, so you really do get the whole 2m x 10m out of this. I would say though you need at least 2 people as you will never get anything out of it alone! It is too light and tightly folded to 'flick' it to unwrap it; you need one person on each end or it will just keep curling and not doing anything you want it to! It is also quite a fragile netting, and as we were attaching it we found that a few bits did break under a bit of pressure. I wasn't upset by this though, as it was after all only £1 and I found these breaks were easy to fix - even though we had stretched the netting taut over the top of the tortoise 'box', the edges of the breaks came together easily for me to tie together and close the hole. So if you have patience (I borrowed some from the other half) and take care while using it then you'll be fine.
We attached it using fencing staples, and although the strings of the netting are thin they stayed in place and did not snap when we hammered the staples over them. The good thing about it being thin is that even though it's bright green, unless it's gathered in folds or bunched together it's not very visible so it won't hide your plants and ruin your viewing pleasure, or in my case, interfere with looking in at my tortoises!
Overall, I am really pleased I spotted this - it does the job I wanted it to and it does it perfectly well. My tortoises are now safe outside to enjoy the Summer (what we get of it!) Why spend loads on fancy netting or chicken wire if this will do it? Having used this admittedly not for it's original purpose, I am confident in saying it will do the job of protecting your seedlings as well, once you get the netting under control. If you don't find it in any local shops, you can buy it from Amazon for a little over £2 delivered. This is also a price I would happily pay, and if I need more netting for other projects (likely!) I will certainly try to get this first. Using it a second time would be faster and easier, since we now know how to handle it. A brilliant price for something that often comes with a surprisingly high price tag, just don't expect miracles for the price, this is CHEAP (but functional) netting!