Has anyone grown outdoors under a garden fleece for security?

Discussion in 'Outdoor Growing' started by Jonny5grams, Mar 6, 2018.

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    Jonny5grams

    Jonny5grams New Member

    That time of year is approaching again and my green fingers are getting sticky in anticipation.
    I'm planning to grow under one those plant fleeces which can be obtained for a very low price from somewhere like Homebase. The reason for this is so that passers by, on the way down my garden path, won't be able to see what's under the fleece. What concerns me is whether these things let all available light through. If anyone has used these things I'd love to hear of your experience. I know people use these to keep plants warm in cold weather but I'm thinking security. From the photos they seem to do a very good job of obscuring what's under them. I'd probably also construct a very simple support frame using bamboo to create a sort of mini greenhouse and keep the thing from making contact with the plant. Summer is coming Mmmmm
     
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    macsnax

    macsnax Well-Known Member

    Don't they usually come with a rating like; 60% or 70%? Meaning they let that much sunlight through.
     
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    Jonny5grams

    Jonny5grams New Member

    I can't get the info but it's good to know, thanks. Any other ideas are welcome.
     
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    macsnax

    macsnax Well-Known Member

    Make sure you secure something like that down really well. Over the course of an outdoor season there's going to be a least a few times it gets really windy.
     
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    Jonny5grams

    Jonny5grams New Member

    Yep I plan to. Do you think that's enough light for a successful grow though?
     
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    macsnax

    macsnax Well-Known Member

    It's sufficient, depends what you're expecting. I had some big tomato plants (7.5/8ft) in my greenhouse last year, the greenhouse cover is green tinted with an 80% rating.
     
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    waterproof808

    waterproof808 Well-Known Member

    I'd be concerned about a lack of airflow leading to mold. Couldnt you just erect a simple privacy screen between your garden path and your plants?
     
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    Jonny5grams

    Jonny5grams New Member

    All good points. Perhaps a privacy screen or some bushy plants would be far simpler and more effective. I definitely don't want mould and having the screen blow off would be a disaster.
     

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