Thursday, 19 October 2017

Canopies start to show return

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This year our strawberry canopies have yielded good returns again. The canopies have proven to provide a consistent and higher yield than exposed field grown fruit.  Protection from hail,  frost, extreme sun and strong winds have meant that the fruit underneath the canopies is of superior quality. A definite worthwhile investment. We have also discovered that our IPM (integrated pest management) is very successful under the nets. The "good bugs" love the protected environment the nets provide and have been found to populate readily, thus helping our plants fight off the "bad bugs" naturally.

The nets also allow less evaporation to occur in the summer months. The shading effect is good for the plants, the fruit and the water consumption.