as shade cloth?
So, Larry: Okay, so I told Bill, my husband, what I needed for the tender new seedlings in this gawd awful sunshine and I DID mention using BLANKETS as shade cloth but I guess he considers utilizing welding cloth a tad easier because of the rings around the edges (for the life of me I cannot think of what those are called, right now) making it easier to tie up to stakes and also survive the winds around here. I cannot complain as it couldn't have been done without him. I suppose to ask a mechanic to provide shade cloth is going to come up with such an outfit.
lol But I'm hoping it'll work and they'll still get enough sun? (Taking it down would be ... like rude, so I'm wondering if I need start another row somewhere else. You, know.) I didn't quite understand but he said it will remove a lot of the heat and also some of the (sunburn causing) radiation. Might be good for some tender lettuce or something? I plan on taking it down when the little babes get enough true leaves and can soak up more sun. By then it should be (Ya hear me mother nature?) cooler and wetter.
Okay, I wanna add this: I am SO excited and it's nothing really unusual except for a newbie like me. I worked so hard amending the soil this spring prior to planting and that darned clay is so tough. Those tomato plants and sunflowers I planted in spring were really the first effective gardening. After they died out I just tilled it all under a few weeks back. SO, the soil has been amended and utilized (especially by the sunflowers). But NOW ... WOW!! It's loose and pliable and actually LOOKS like garden dirt though much grass is still hanging on.
So, Dawn, you were right about my soil. It might be clay but it's some pretty darn good dirt and is reacting quite nicely to basic amendments. My spring broccoli plant is still standing tall amongst the clobber of grass growth in spite of not being watered all this time. I'm guessing that soil is adequately fertile.
And, grandmom, if it would just RAIN I'd plop some ugly cardboard atop and I think the worms would go nutso in that new loose pliable soil. Gollies, it was so much easier to work, amend and rake around just like I've seen in the youtube videos but not anywhere near as neat. I mean, it's so pathetic to watch these videos of expert gardeners with loose pliable and fertile soil neatly contained in these perfectly rectangular boxes with no evidence of grass or weed seed. They glide the rake gently over the surface with ease. You can almost envision angels in flight above the garden bed. It's ideal and motivating. Yet, when I'd venture outside to tend the same my dirt is rock hard even a shovel won't penetrate much and a rake... oh goodness.. I cannot "rake" anything but stab at the ground only to receive a resistance that shakes my entire body and some of my teeth loose.
But this is now very encouraging. I'm definitely going to plant sunflowers and beans randomnly and like crazy in the "yarden" section come spring. Wowzers those sunflower roots are powerful. Note: Dawn suggests sunflowers attract pest bugs so not great for production area in established garden. The pest bugs haven't located garden, yet. (Ooh, it's so good to type "garden" and it actually be true!)
So, it is official: a section of my Yarden is no longer a "yarden" but a real bon a fide GARDEN. Woohoo! In fact, it's so nice I'm thinking of adding worm dirt to a section and planting those finicky divas - carrots right in the ground **gasps** Heh, my luck they'd be the only ones to thrive under the welding tarp as shade cloth. Leave it to the mechanic.