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JDPriestly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-06-09 04:30 AM
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Any tips on how to keep plants cool during the hot summer months?
I'm in Southern California. My lettuce is going to seed as is my arugula. Cilantro will be impossible in the summer. I'm giving up on these vegetables much as I love having them fresh. My last hope is that someone on DU can suggest a way to keep plants really cool during our very hot, very sunny, dry weather. Any suggestions? I know about mulching with plastic. But that probably isn't really enough.
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Kolesar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-06-09 05:46 AM
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1. Sun shades
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I bought lettuce seeds that were specified as "slow bolt" lettuce.
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JDPriestly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-08-09 01:55 AM
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2. Thanks. I'll try the slow bolt. Any suggestions about what sun shades to use?
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FloriTexan Donating Member (481 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-08-09 10:11 AM
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3. Wal-Mart sells an inexpensive brand that blocks 70%...
It looks like plastic screen netting and comes in tan and black and green shades. We used the black around our patio and its already making a hugh difference in the sun. I've put plants behind it that can't take too much of our hot Texas sun/heat and so far they are doing well. I reserve the right to amend that come August/September when its 110 in the shade.
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Kolesar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-09-09 09:26 PM
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4. In fact, bearfan454 wrote about this three years ago
You gotta see this, the photos are still up.
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