Just wanted to show how amazing AND effective simple tulle (purchased from local fabric store for $1/yard) can be for the health of your plants.
This year I was extremely vigilant in making sure my beets and spinach were covered (as first suggested by Granny). I have one raised bed that my husband installed a simple PVC pipe hoop house. The hoops, which can be removed easily, are often used to extend my growing season by placing plastic and heat lights inside (Christmas twinkle lights as first suggested by Cheap Vegetable Gardener). This year because we've had an unusually dry and hot spring, I never used the plastic. Instead I covered the hoops with tulle as soon as I direct sowed the seeds in the ground.
Water and sun pass quite easily through the tulle so there is never a reason to uncover. This past week we've seen upwards of 88 and 90 degrees so all my plants leapt up. I uncovered this morning just to check.
Sure enough, gorgeous and plentiful beet leaves met me. Wow! First time in forever that I've had unblemished leaves.
As a test, I also threw some extra Chiggico beets in another bed and left them uncovered. Sure enough - you can see the leaf miner damage on the leaves. I will never grow my greens uncovered ever again and if you have problems with these pests I recommend this gardening technique!
I'm in the dog days of the salad garden. I grew a mild mesclun mix from Territorial Seeds - not sure what is in the mix - but everything has been producing steadily. I adore eating a fresh organic salad very day ;-) I don't know the reason, but I rarely have a problem with any sort of pests in my salad garden so I leave it uncovered.
I was surprised to see some Romaine heads growing in the bed. I had not set out to grow Romaine, but considering I used last year's seeds and I did grow Romaine last year, I guess it is not a stretch to see a bunch of heads in my garden. Kind of a fun surprise.
The arugula did not like to heat last week and promptly (as in, overnight) bolted. I think arugula has pretty flowers so I'm leaving it in there for now.