I built a raised bed this year. It is equipped to be covered by netting to protect from insects and birds.
I would appreciate if anyone had a recommendation for very fine netting and where I could order it. (The local stores do not have anything beyond the very large-holed netting to discourage birds.)
I am looking for something that might be termed "micromesh" because the holes are really small. The idea is to allow moisture and sunlight, but to be small enough to keep out some of the harmful insects, and of course birds.
My garden is totally covered and there is a thread about it. Home depot has some called bird netting but it is so flimsy so after 1 season I ended up throwing it away. There is pond netting at AZ ponds but a little pricey but better quality and you will be able to use it year after year. Good luck. Belle
Maybe some "Reemay" or other brand of "floating row cover" ? (most of the seed catalogs sell it, I can give you specific names if you need them)
Or, I've seen comments in the past from people that use "tulle" -- a filmy fabric often used in wedding dressings and the like, can be bought at a fabric store; comes in different colors (I think) so you could have a color-coordinated garden. Actually, I believe what I've read is that black almost disappears and you can actually see your plants, the one problem I have with Reemay although I use a lot of it.
The netting I bought was the raw material, heavy duty, 144" wide. I measured all my beds and e-boxes and then purchased three different lengths. It seemed an expensive outlay but the quality is superb. It is soft and pliable like silk and will last for years so can be re-used wherever necessary. I left it on the beds over the winter and you would never know it. Being so pliable and soft it covers the berry bushes easily. Nothing can catch in it or tear it. I plan to get even more for other garden areas. It is family owned and the owner is most pleasant to talk to.