So I've been trying out some netting solutions mainly using recycled materials.
The soft netting bought some years ago,which did good service combined with plastic hoops (now defunct due to sunlight), seems to work well when draped over the rows of strawberries and also over the black and red currants underplanted with rhubarb chard and lettuce.
My first try was to double over the netting to produce a fairly rigid framework and then to secure it to the ground with plastic pegs which were part of the original soft netting/plastic hoops kit .The ends are filled in some old bits of rigid netting.
The net is 10 x 8 metres ie HUGE.Initially I draped it over blue piping hoops which I've had for a couple of years but that left vast amounts of material around the perimeter,so it's now supported on poles which I bought some time ago and hadn't found a use for.
While there have been lots of slugs this year they don't seem to have caused as much damage as the birds.
My Orla potatoes seem to have suffered the most from slug damage with about a third of the crop affected,while the first early Premiere and 2nd early Blue Kestrel have been virtually pest free.
I've just returned from a walking trip in the Austrian Tyrol and will be writing a post,with photo album, soon.