Woollies for plants

Horticultural fleece has the appearance and texture of tissue paper, but being made from polypropylene it lasts outside rather better. I have been experimenting with ways of using it in the garden. It is certainly good for protecting tender plants. My agaves have come through several winters swathed in fleece blankets, like old men fearful of a chill.

Other gardeners I know use it to protect early crops of vegetables outside or in cold greenhouses. It also protects plants from slugs, snails and insects of malevolent intent, provided it is well weighted around them.

Horticultural fleece is available from Garden Direct on 0992 441888. Prices start at £6.95 plus p&p.