[Market-farming] bird netting & Hortonova

Bill Shoemaker wshoemak at inil.com
Wed Jul 18 07:45:00 EDT 2007

Karen SutherlandCheck out www.spectrellising.com . They are focused on grape production but there isn't another fruit birds like more. The nets aren't cheap but they are very well made. They should last 10 years.

Bill Shoemaker, Sr Research Specialist, Food Crops
University of Illinois - St Charles Horticulture Research Center

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Karen Sutherland & Roots Farm 
  To: Market Farming 
  Sent: Tuesday, July 17, 2007 3:31 PM
  Subject: [Market-farming] bird netting & Hortonova

  Can anyone recommend a good source for bird netting?  I need no bigger than 1/2-3/4" openings as we have some teeny bird pests and hopefully, a net that is wider than 12-14' and long.  I've tried various plastic nettings but they don't hold up under our sun, whereas an old nylon fruit tree net that I used to cover plum and blueberries 10+ years in Mass. is still going strong after 5+ years use in tropical conditions (except for the places where I had to cut the net to free trapped (and very hostile) boas).  I believe I had purchased that net from Mellinger's which seems to be out of the INet business.  Without netting here it is impossible to bring in a crop of most any fruit, including tomatoes, peppers, papaya, oranges, etc.  

  I have used Hortonova here for trellising, but again it doesn't last much more than a season, whereas the nylon trellis nettings just keep on going and are strong enough to support massive bean vines, cukes, tomatoes, etc.   

  Thanks and Best wishes to all,



  Karen Sutherland

  Roots Farm

  Organic Produce

  Fruits, Roots, Vegetables & Herbs

  Cockrane, Dominica


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