Butterfly Netting

Answered by Jo Posted in Category Netting & Protection

Dear Jo

I have tried netting vegetables with netting from my local garden centre, but birds sometimes get caught, and the business of removing dead birds is rather upsetting.  I notice that you do butterfly netting in three different forms.  Do birds get caught in these?  What is the reason for choosing for example, soft versus heavy duty?

Any advice would be most welcome.  I would like to protect most of my vegetables against pigeons (we have a problem with them here) and my brassicas against cabbage whites!



Dear Michael

We also have a big problem with pigeons here at the Kitchen Garden and I know how frustrating they can be!

I have used our butterfly netting in the Kitchen Garden and on my allotment at home and have never had a bird caught in it yet.  However I can understand why you would find this upsetting.  Have you tried combining the netting with a form of bird scarer to keep the birds away?  Some of my fellow allotment holders use old CDs strung between two posts, for example.  These glitter in the sun and move around in the breeze to scare the birds.  I also know some who place a model owl or falcon near their vegetables to keep the birds at bay, in the same way that model herons are placed near ponds.

Our soft butterfly netting is designed to make it easy to drape over hoops or poles.  It is also really easy to fold up and store away in the winter when you aren't using it.  The heavy duty netting is much more rigid and more useful for the sides of vegetable cages as it holds it's shape much better.  Both are excellent at keeping the butterflies out, it simply depends on how you like to use your netting. 

I hope this helps you, however please let me know if I can be of any further help. 

Kindest Regards 


Meet the Author: Jo Blackwell
Jo Blackwell

Jo Blackwell is our well-established Horticultural Advisor and the Kitchen Gardener in Stephanie's Victorian style Kitchen Garden. She caught the gardening bug when she bought her first home 21 years ago. Her first greenhouse soon followed and she later gained an allotment.

As well as tending the Harrod Horticultural Gardens, she enjoys maintaining her own vegetable plot at home. She has been a gardener for Harrod Horticultural for over 4 years now and has a wealth of experience in organic vegetable growing, ornamental gardening and in using all Harrod products.


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