vegetable growing under shade cloth

violet55May 13, 2009

Hi! I'm growing my first vegetable garden using the Square Foot method. As our temps have already been in the 90's, I'm considering growing under shade cloth. I currently have beets, summer squash, green onions, cherry tomatoes and plum tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans, bell & banana peppers. My black seed lettuce and swiss chard are suffering - going bitter. I'm unsure whether to cover my whole garden with 40% shade cloth or whether to just cover the lettuces. Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks!

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puglvr1(9b central FL)

I'm only growing Tomatoes and Okra right now, so I'm not much help. But I heard the Okra loves sun, so they are getting the full brunt of the sun...my tomatoes have been under shade cloth(actually I'm using burlap), I had the thin frost cloth, but has since ripped apart from extreme UV rays?I've had them under them for at least 5 weeks or so. It is doing so much better since, they are not wilting as much and are ripening now. I would think they would all benefit from some shade during the hottest afternoon sun? Good luck!

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