Last year it played host to bush tomatoes (3 plants of "Maskotka") and cocktail cucumbers (3 each of "Iznik F1" and "Melen F1"):
This year I am planning to use it for growing root crops - carrots, parsnips and beetroot.
I am currently contemplating various options for protecting this bed with netting / mesh / fleece in order to minimise damage from insect pests and marauding animals such as foxes and cats. It will probably involve something along these lines:-
I have a number of flexible plastic rods each 1.2 metres long. Simply pushed into the soil close to the edges these will be fine on their own in the early stages, but as the crops underneath them grow I will be able to "raise the roof" by slotting them into some aluminium tubes from my Build-a-Ball set, which are conveniently just the right diameter. Even better, I have several different lengths of aluminium tube, so I should be able to get just the right height. I need to buy some mesh now, and I have my eye on a product called "Enviromesh" which seems to be widely available. Any recommendations for where to buy it, folks?
I have only ever used anti-insect mesh once before, and I found that the crops beneath it didn't do very well. I don't think they got enough light or moisture. Maybe this was because I didn't choose the right grade of mesh? This time I had better be very careful I think. Do any of you have any advice to offer on this matter?