Video: Covering Material From Improvised Means - How Trade Waste Helps The Summer Resident Save The Harvest
Probably every summer resident saw bags of synthetic fibers in which vegetables are sold: potatoes, beets, carrots, rutabagas, onions. Bags come in a variety of colors: red, yellow, orange, green, purple, dark blue … Usually, after use, sellers throw these mesh bags into the trash.
But they can be used quite useful. For example, I and the neighbors, according to my example, make from these bags cloth-cloaks, with which we cover fruit trees, bushes, and strawberries from gluttonous birds. It is noteworthy that the source material for these shelters costs absolutely nothing, and there is a lot of it in any vegetable market. There, after the end of the working day, these bags are scattered everywhere. To sew a cape out of them, it will not take much work or any special skills.
First, it is advisable to at least theoretically estimate what exactly you are going to cover. And already, based on the required dimensions, you need to select the required number of bags. You can first collect any bags, and then choose the most suitable from them. You can sort them by color (in which case they are usually the same size), but this is not required.
Then each bag must be cut along the seam or next to it to get a cloth. Vegetable sellers usually cut the bags as they please, so the most torn part must be discarded. I strongly advise against mending the "shaggy", as this difficult, difficult work almost always turns into complete disappointment. Because the threads in the darning will constantly shift, and, in the end, a hole will necessarily form. And then you have to start all over again …
The next operation is the selection of the required amount, preferably the same size bags. But this is not at all necessary … If most of your bags are of a smaller size, then all the missing panels in order to fully complete the shelter you need can be made of long ones. That is, simply cut off the excess part. After all these preparations, the last stage begins - the sewing of individual pieces into one large panel. This will require a needle and thread. Threads (fibers) can be taken from unnecessary bags (they unravel very easily) or from the same "rags".
You can connect the panels in different ways: sew one to one, gradually building up the shelter, or first sew several long bags in one row, then join several such strips together. Practice shows that the most optimal panel consists of 6-8 bags. It is not at all necessary to make it oblong, you can make it square, and you get a universal cape cloth, which will come in handy in any case. You can sew bags in any way: with large or small stitches, the main criterion here is the same, so that there are no holes and gaps into which birds can crawl.
Now that our handmade creation is ready (see picture), we must decide how to use it. What they should cover and what they shouldn't. From many years of experience, I can say: it is necessary to cover currants, honeysuckle, beans, viburnum, chokeberry, cinnamon. This is not very successful with blackberries, raspberries and gooseberries, the fault is thorns. It is necessary to cover some fruit trees, such as cherries, sea buckthorn.
On the voluminous crowns of bushes and trees, it is necessary to sew a cloth of the appropriate size or tie several pieces together with knots, a cord or soft wire. But I must immediately warn you: before covering large crowns, one should recall the popular wisdom: is it worth the candle? The fact is that a large panel is quite difficult to sketch and even more difficult to fix. Especially in windy weather. True, if, having overcome all these troubles and inconveniences, you manage to do this difficult job well enough, then the harvest will be guaranteed to be saved. Only you will need to constantly monitor so that holes do not form at the joints and at the very bottom. Otherwise, the birds will definitely find them and penetrate under the banner. And then only memories will remain of the berries and fruits.
Hiding strawberries with it gives especially good results. In this case, the panels can be fixed on the beds in different ways. For example, to press the edges or ends of the shelter with any available load: wood stumps, stones, bricks, various iron objects. You can press the panels with small sticks, pointed at one end, sticking them into the ground. But they should be used very carefully so as not to pierce the panel through, thereby making holes.
With chopsticks, you just need to slightly press the cloth into the ground so that the wind does not ruffle or tear it off. If there are no strong winds, then you can not fix it at all, strawberries perfectly hold any panel. There is no need to cover cabbage with such a net. Because small pests will still make their way to the coveted leaves, and there will not be an appropriate eye for the plant. It will be covered with a cloth from the watchful eyes of the master. I fully experienced it myself …
I want to remind you that the use of such panels is permissible only after the flowering of plants, preferably just before the ripening of berries and fruits. It is unlikely that birds will be tempted by unripe berries and fruits, but if you close trees and bushes during flowering, then it is quite possible that insects will not be able to completely pollinate the flowers, and the yield will decrease significantly.
In this way, a completely wasteful material literally lying under your feet can be used with great benefit for your garden and vegetable garden.