floating row covers

Asked June 5, 2015, 6:21 AM EDT

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

1 Response

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
http://extension.umd.edu/growit/vegetable-profiles-sweet-potato
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