floating row covers
I am using floating row covers on eggplant and sweet potatoes to protect from aphids. The eggplant has multiple leaves and about 8-9 inches tall. Sweet potatoes have only a couple of leaves and about 6 inches . When should I take them off? What do you suggest to protect the plants from being eaten up. Next question. Growing gooseberries for first time. Plants 2 years old and covered with berries. When should I expect them to ripen and what will they look like when ripe. One bush is Pickswell. Don't know name of other. Thanks
Washington County Maryland
Remove the floating row covers when there are flowers to be pollinated. We do not recommend spraying insecticide as a general preventative measure. http://extension.umd.edu/growit/vegetable-profiles-eggplant
If you develop an insect problem, this site lists suggested solutions to problems. http://extension.umd.edu/growit/insect-pests-vegetables A fence is the best remedy for vegetables being eaten by wildlife.
The following site has a photo of ripe gooseberries. They should be ripe in July or later, depending on variety. http://www.uky.edu/Ag/CCD/introsheets/currants.pdf vw