How to Grow Amazing Vegetables

 

with GardenGuard™

The new way of crop protection  – No sticks! No mess! Access your crops in seconds!

With GardenGuard you can boost growing and acheive amazing results. Growing your own has never been as satisfying.

 

All about GardenGuard

Now, at last, there is a better way to protect your precious plants. It’s called a GardenGuard, and a single structure will cover an area up to 3m long, 1.5m broad and 0.8m high. The whole thing goes up in a few seconds!

With GardenGuard there are no limits! The module can be extended to any length by inserting extension panels which simply zip into the main module in 1.1m long sections.

The beauty of the GardenGuard system is the ease of assembly – you can protect a whole row of crops against frosts or pests in just a few moments, and remove the cover just as easily next morning, avoiding any danger of crops overheating.

If you want to leave the cover in place, all areas of the crop can be reached simply by opening a tent-sized zip, putting an end to pest damaged crops!

Stop pigeon and other bird damage                  Stop beetles and other pests

Stop slug attack                                                      Stop frost damage to flowers and vegetables

 

GardenGuard comes in three types, each with a specific use.

 

The All Round Cover

This is a fine mesh which will allow transmission of light, air and water but give protection from hail, strong sun, winds and heavy rain. The mesh will not provide total frost cover but raises the temperature around the plants slightly during winter, and has a cooling effect by slight shading during summer.

The mesh also protects against birds, pets and children as well as insect pests.

 

 

The Frost Cover


A horticultural fleece to protect developing crops from sun, rain and drying winds, as well as frost. Increases temperatures by up to 2º C, yet still allows light and air to penetrate. Secure anchoring prevents it from blowing away unlike conventional fleece lengths. Can also be used to increase humidity and shading for protecting cuttings or newly transplanted subjects.

The Frost Cover prevents attack by carrot root fly to umbelliferous crops such as parsnip, carrot, coriander and parsley.

 

 

 

The Hotbed Cover


A clear PVC cover, lasting over 4 seasons, creating a 1m high minipolytunnel. Increased air space helps prevent sun scorch and related problems caused by poor ventilation. Ideal if allotment site rules or lack of space in your garden prevent you from having a greenhouse.

 

When and where to use GardenGuard

 

Spring to early Summer

 

Protect your Potatoes. How many gardeners have watched a late TV weather forecast and realised with a sinking heart that their thriving potato crop is likely to be checked severely by an unexpected frost – and it’s too far advanced in growth to be simply earthed up?

The extra height and width of the GardenGuard means a whole row can be protected in minutes of an evening, and just as easily dismantled in the morning.

 

Use the All Round Cover to prevent sparrows from pecking young shoots, a common problem on allotments. Dwarf cultivars such as ‘Meteor’, ‘Feltham First’, or the sweeter  ‘Avola’, ‘Kelvedon Wonder’ or ‘Waverex’ can be grown through to cropping size inside the cover, which will also help you pick them slightly earlier, due to the extra protection against wind chill and heavy rain. Don’t forget to open the zips during the daytime when the plants flower to allow bees to pollinate the blooms. Close zips overnight to deter the early birds eying up your peapods for a quick breakfast!

 

Dwarf French beans can be grown under cover for an extra early crop. Warm the ground using a Hotbed Cover, and once the plants have two true leaves, open the guard using the zips for ventilation on sunny days before removal as the plants develop to the five leaf stage. As the GardenGuard only takes moments to erect, you can always tuck the beans up again overnight using a Frost Cover if an unexpected frost is forecast.

 

Early crops of leafy vegetables such as spinach, beetroot or Swiss chard can often be checked by cold winds. Use the All Round Cover to filter airflow through the crop canopy and allow leaves to develop healthily.

 

Lettuces grown under fleece often develop problems with Botrytis (grey mould) due to poor ventilation and in changeable spring days plants may suffer from sun scorch. An All Round Cover allows water to evaporate, good air circulation and slight shading, producing healthy plants. 

 

Young Asparagus spears are very prone to frost damage, sometimes even being killed outright - a serious loss when the best F1 crowns are expensive to buy. Protect your valuable investment with the Frost Cover on cold nights, or advance the crop a few days by using the Hotbed Cover.

 

Sweetcorn seedlings can be transplanted extra early under a Frost Cover. The extensive height of the GardenGuard means that protection can be extended to early June to give your corn the best possible start.

 

Run out of windowsill space for all your half-hardy bedding plants? Tuck the toughest ones such as Pelargoniums, Bacopa, Lobelia and Tagetes up on chilly evenings under a Frost Cover, leaving your windowsills safe for the more tender Begonias, Impatiens, Heliotropes and Petunias.

 

Earlier crops of Courgette, Tomatoes, and Cucumbers can be grown easily using the Hotbed Cover. Sow seeds under cover in the usual way, approximately 2 weeks before the date when last frosts occur in your neighbourhood – usually this is late April for London, early May for the South, mid May north of Oxford, two weeks later north of Nottingham and a fortnight later again for Scotland.

 

In domestic gardens cats often soil newly prepared seedbeds, causing damage to young seedlings as well as a possible health hazard. Prevent this by covering newly sown areas until the plants are about 15cm tall, when the area will no longer be attractive to cats. Use any of the three covers, depending on the crop.

 

Summer to Autumn

Children and vegetable patches don’t always work together in small spaces – but by using an All Round Cover, footballs and stray feet are deflected from your crops

 

Increase the temperatures and humidity for growing superior Cucumbers and Melons by using a Hotbed Cover. Raise plants indoors and transplant outside when frost danger is past. A single length of cover – a full 3m - will enable you to grow up to 5 plants.

 

Make sure it’s you, not the birds who enjoy your first delicious strawberries by covering plants with an All Round Cover as soon as all the flowers have faded. You can force early varieties such as ‘Alice’ by protecting with a Frost Cover  - but always unzip during mild days while the plants are in flower or the bees can’t pollinate.

 

The mesh All Round Cover will deter flying pests such as large and small white butterflies, diamond back and cabbage moths, as well as cutworm larvae. No more cabbages looking like dartboards!

 

Even if you don’t have a greenhouse, you can still grow Aubergines, Sweet Peppers and Chillies using the Hotbed Cover. Plant out when the normal frost danger is past, and zip up the covers overnight or whenever the temperature falls below 18 ºC/65ºF

 

GardenGuard will protect gooseberries from the devastating effects of Gooseberry Sawfly. Keep your bushes safe with the All Round Cover as soon as the flowers have faded to enjoy heaviest crops.

 

Sweet Potatoes can be grown to their full potential with the extra heat produced in a Hotbed Cover – plant out rooted slips in late May to early June and keep covered all summer. Harvest as late in the autumn as possible for maximum yields.

 

As the days shorten and nights get chillier, a Frost Cover gives instant overnight frost protection for Cauliflowers, Calabrese, Dwarf French Beans, Florence Fennel and Tomatoes.

 

Ripen off drying beans and pumpkins on upturned slatted boxes for winter storage under the cosy warmth of a Hotbed cover – open during the daytime when it’s dry, and close at night to complete the ripening process quickly and easily.

 

Autumn to Winter

 

Prolong your growing season by sowing cold tolerant lettuce varieties such as ‘Winter Density’ ‘May King’ and ‘Valdor’ as late as September under a Frost Cover to crop for Christmas and beyond.

Protect overwintering salads such as Chicory, Land Cress, Oriental Brassicas, Corn Salad and hardy winter lettuces grown in open ground with the Frost Cover, to give better quality and earlier crops. Don’t forget to open the zips for ventilation in mild winter weather, even if only for a few hours at a time.

 

Brassicas such as winter cabbage, kale, brussel sprouts, cauliflower and sprouting broccoli which stand overwinter are favourite targets for woodpigeons. Formerly only a pest of country gardens, over the last few years these birds have moved into cities, and can wreak a crop in hours. A single pigeon can eat over a kilogram of greenstuff a day, so prevent decimation of your winter greens with an All Round Cover. The flexible frame allows the height of the guard to be altered according to crop size up to a full 1m above ground level, covering almost all types of winter green with ease.

 

Protect vulnerable vegetables from rabbit damage by using an All Round Cover

 

Keep borderline hardy plants dry and less liable to frost damage by plunging their pots in soil to three quarters of their depth under a Hotbox cover. Open the zips to allow a few hours ventilation whenever conditions permit, and in this way you can keep plants such as autumn sown sweet peas, Brompton stocks, lemon verbena and myrtle safely through most winters even in the north of England. Use the Hotbed to protect November sowings of ‘Auqadulce Claudia’ broad beans too!

 

Hyacinths, early tulips and narcissi such as ‘Soleil D’Or’ grown in pots can be forced into growth early – put them under a Hotbed Cover after at least two months growing in a dark, frost free shed. Keep well ventilated, and enjoy a foretaste of spring.

 

Use a Hotbed Cover to keep logs dry for winter firewood, or as a temporary cover to prevent valuable nutrients being washed away from manure or compost.

 

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© Sally Cunningham 2011