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Week of May 8, 2018

Vegetable seeds like beans and corn are best planted directly in the ground when the soil has warmed enough to favor germination. But the new sprouts are vulnerable to pests like birds. They will pluck the newly sprouted seed right out of the ground. Protect your sprouts with bird netting or lightweight floating rowcover, like Agribon AG-15 or AG-19. If you have hoops over your raised beds, you can drape the bird netting over the structure. If you are not planting in raised beds, you can use a Loop Hoop or purchase our heavy weight wire for making hoops. The light weight floating row cover can be laid directly on the seedlings. Leave it on until the sprouts are big enough so birds will not bother them.