shade for vegetable crop

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  1. foxpawz

    foxpawz Well-Known Member

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    What do you use to shade your vegetable crops when it gets really hot and they are in danger of wilt or sunscald? Have had this problem in the past and want to be prepared this time. Hope somebody has a solution for me or can point me in the right direction. Thanks.
     
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    suelandress Windy Island Acres Supporter

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    You could try shade cloth over pvc hoops. How big an area are you trying to shade? What kind of plants?
     

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    foxpawz Well-Known Member

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    I was thinking maybe shade would keep the cole crops cooler. It gets pretty
    hot pretty quick here sometimes. Also the tomatoes get scalded. Does anyone else have this problem? And what do they do about it?Where could I find shade
    cloth? It would be a pretty big area.
     
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    Don't have the problem here, but I was reading about growing sunflowers behind crops that can't take the heat. It's supposed to create a humid growing area that stays moister in dry weather.
     
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    foxpawz Well-Known Member

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    That sounds interesting. Worth looking into. Thanks