Elliot Coleman of the Southwest.
To my mind we need an Elliot Coleman of the Southwest.
Someone who can grow rhubarb anytime of the year in the desert, have huge non-bitter heads of lettuce and succulent spinach to go with tomatoes in July and many other difficult to accomplish vegetable growing feats...without air conditioning and refrigerant running through the soil of course.
I am toying with the idea of growing in areas of full sun but in pits with shade cloth over the top. Just putting heat sensitive crops on the north or east side of the house has not given near premium results. Supposedly the earth stays 55 degrees at a certain, not so deep, depth and maybe a pit design can help keep root zone soil and air temps down while still providing an appropriate photo period/cycle.
Anyone try something like this or something else and get excellent results growing greens or other things out of season?